Cape Town Archives Repository
This inventory is written inEnglish.
Archives of the Secretary, Burgher
1695 - 1803
1.70 lin. m
Cape Town Archives
Record Creator (origination):
The Burgher Council, with free burghers as
members, had right to representation in the Court of Justice, the Orphan
Chamber and Commissioners of Civil and Matrimonial Cases. Subject to the
approval of the Council of Policy, the Burgher Council had control of the meat
prices, was responsible for financing repairs to bridges in the town, milling
of wheat, control of bakers and Town Guards in the town, and obtaining monetary
contributions for campaigns against the Khoisan. To fulfil its functions the
Burgher Council was entitled to raise certain taxes, only applicable to
burghers in the Cape District.