Inventory of the Archives of he Master of the Supreme Court, Cape Town, 1670- (inventory 1/3)
The Orphan Chamber and the Insolvency Chamber (from 1833 known as the Master of the Supreme Court) administered intestate estates, properties of minors, the registration of wills and deaths of persons deceased at the Cape; other records are inventories, vendu rolls, notarial deeds and liquidation and distribution accounts.
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The creation in 1827 of the Supreme Court of the Cape of Good Hope was followed by the establishment of the office of Master of the Supreme Court in 1833. The latter office took over the duties of the Orphan Chamber in regard to the administration of the estates of deceased persons, minors and lunatics (Ordinances 103, 104, 105 of 1833). Subsequently, a code for the administration and distribution of insolvent estates was enacted.
The archives of the Master includes the archives of the earlier offices of the Orphan Chamber and the Insolvency Chamber which originated in 1673 through the early necessity to administer intestate estates, properties of minors, the registration of wills and deaths of person deceased at the Cape..
Division of subordinate components
Source: TANAP: The Archives of the VOC
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