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not included in the NAAIRS online index
There are a number of Natal deceased estate files, ranging from 1852 to 1928, which are not indexed in the NAAIRS index, presumably because they are still held in the Master's Office, Pietermaritzburg.
Natal estate files up to 1974 have all been transferred to the Pietermaritzburg Archives, but these estate files had the original wills bound in with them and have, therefore, been retained at the Master's Office since all original wills continue to be held there, copies only being sent to the archives.
Unfortunately, since the recent refurbishment of the Pietermaritzburg Masters Office, it seems that these estate files have become mixed up with the volumes of wills which have similar bindings. The staff are no longer able to locate them. When the boxes were unpacked they were probably mixed in with the wills.
The photographer writes: please apologise to the people who have ordered these files. I am going to try to persuade the archives to ask for custody of the files but it is no use doing anything until the archives has moved back which is still on hold.