Inventory of the Returns for Taxation Purposes, 1692 - 1845

Fonds Specifications

Content and Structure

Scope and Content
In general the returns comprise the following particulars: names of men and women; number of boys, girls, men slaves, women slaves, boy slaves, girl slaves, horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, vines, leaguers wine, muids wheat, rye and barley sown and reaped. The returns often also include the names of farms, the original signatures of persons and the number of firearms in each individual's possession. Many returns after 1800 contain recapitulation totals, mortality figures,, church contributions and "opgaafgelden". In later years less agricultural particulars are supplied and more information regarding amounts to be paid as taxes and amounts collected are given.
Until 1798 valuation lists are to be found in the returns of Stellenbosch and Drakenstein. After this date these particulars are supplied in the column "opgaafgelden". The returns include those of the missionary institutions of Bethelsdorp, Elim, Enon, Genadendal, Hogekraal, Pacaltsdorp and Theopolis.
From c.1827 onwards the returns are mostly in English, and incomplete and seldom signed.
On the whole the condition of the archives is good. There are, however, volumes which are in disrepair or unbound. A number of the bound returns are either partially or completely illegible due to the faint writing or damage done by water.