Geschiedenis van de archiefvormers
The first form of administration in the area, which later
constituted the Graaff-Reinet district, was an official appointed in October
1780 as "Commandant of the Lands in the East".
After numerous petitions to the council of Policy a magistrate was
eventually appointed for the Graaff-Reinet district on 13 December 1785.
The magistrate acted as chairman of the slave office, clerk of the
peace, representative of the orphan chamber, chairmman of the matrimonial court