Inventory of the archives of the Dutch government in the divisions of Galle (Matara) and Jaffnapatnam 1640-1796

Description of the Subordinate Components

Part I    The Commandement of Galle.

A    The Commandeur in Council.

1    Council minutes.

a    Ordinary minutes. (1640-1796)
The series of ordinary Council minutes maintained at the Archives of the Political Secretariat at Galle actually commenced in the year 1640, shortly after the capture of Galle by the Dutch from the Portuguese on the 13th March 1640.
After the capture of Colombo in 1656 however, as Colombo was made the Headquarters of the Central Government in Ceylon, the series of previous minutes of the Political Council which were filed in the Archives of the Galle Secretariat were taken over to Colombo and filed in the Archives there. They have accordingly been listed as nos. 1 to 6 in the "Catalogue of the Archives of the Dutch Central Government at Colombo" (published by Miss M.W. Jurriaanse in 1943). However, since they were the first recorded proceedings at the original headquarters of the Dutch Administration at Galle, and therefore really belong to the Archives of the original Secretariat at Galle, these six files are re-listed here in order to complete this series [1]. The series contains a regular record of the minutes extending up to the 26th February 1796, ten days after the capitulation of Colombo to the British.
5031
1664 May 10 - September 12.
 
1665 August 28 - September 2.
 
1667 May 19 - (1669) July 2.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by insects and vermin.
Originals and copies.
5032
1698 (July 5) - 1701 May 30.
 
Damaged by insects and vermin.
5033
1701 December 20 - 1706 October 28.
 
Damaged by insects and vermin.
5034
1706 December 4 - 1708 January 12.
 
Damaged by insects and vermin.
5035
1708 January 31 - March 7.
 
Pages missing.
5036
1712 (October ..) - 1716 December 29.
 
Damaged by corrosion and damp.
5037
1717 March 3 - 1720 November 29.
 
Irregular binding or badly bound. Damaged by corrosion and damp.
5038
1721 January 15 - 1725 .....
 
Pages missing. Damaged by corrosion, insects and vermin.
5039
1726 January 15 - 1727 August 1.
 
Damaged by damp, insects and vermin.
5040
1726 January 15 - 1729 July 23.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by corrosion and damp.
5041
1729 September 8 - December 1.
 
Pages missing.
5042
1730 February 15 - 1733 November 28.
 
Damaged by corrosion and damp.
5043
1734 February 1 - 1736 March 10.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by corrosion.
5044
1736 September 25 - 1738 july 30.
 
Damaged by damp, insects and vermin.
5045
1740 October 26 - 1743 June 22.
 
Irregular binding or badly bound. Damaged by damp, insects and vermin.
5046
1743 December .. - 1746 June 23.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by damp.
5047
1750 January 6 - 1752 February 21.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by insects and vermin.
5048
1752 November 14 - 1755 January 8.
 
Irregular binding or badly bound.
5049
1755 February 3 - 1757 December 19.
 
Damaged by damp, insects and vermin.
5050
1758 September 2 - 1759 February 16.
 
Pages missing. Irregular binding or badly bound. Damaged by damp. Damaged by insects and vermin.
5051
1759 (April) - August 22.
 
Pages missing. Irregular binding or badly bound. Damaged by damp, insects and vermin.
5052
1759 September 4 - 1760 February 26.
 
Damaged by damp,insects and vermin.
5053
1760 March 11 - November 25.
 
Damaged by damp, insects and vermin.
5054
1761 January 9 - December 26.
 
Damaged by damp.
5055
1762 January 15 - December 31.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by damp, insects and vermin.
5056
1763 (January) - December 12.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by damp, insects and vermin.
5057
1764 January 4 - November 16.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by damp.
5058
1765 January 11 - December 31.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by damp.
5059
1766 January 19 -December 30.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by damp, insects and vermin.
5060
1767 January 10 - December 8.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by insects and vermin.
5061
1768 January 5 - (December).
 
Damaged by damp, insects and vermin.
5062
1769 January 6 - December 29.
 
Pages missing.
5063
1770 January 23 - December 14.
 
Pages missing.
5064
1771 January 11 - December 27.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by damp.
5065
1772 January 7 - December 30.
 
5066
1773 January 12 - December 30.
 
Irregular binding or badly bound.
5067
1774 January 10 - December 8.
 
5068
1775 January 12 - December 21.
 
Pages missing.
5069
1776 January 3 - May 10.
 
5070
1776 June 25 - August 20.
 
Damaged by damp.
5071
1776 September 9 - December 26.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by damp.
5072
1777 January 7 - December 19.
 
5073
1778 (January) - June 12.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by damp.
5074
1778 July 21 - September 8.
 
Pages missing. Irregular binding or badly bound. Damaged by damp.
5075
1778 November.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by damp, insects and vermin.
5076
1779 January 7 - December 28.
 
Pages missing.
5077
1780 January 7 - December 9.
 
5078
1781 February 5 - December 6.
 
Damaged by damp.
5079
1782 January 15 - December 27.
 
Damaged by damp.
5080
1783 January 27 - December 16.
 
Pages missing. Irregular binding or badly bound.
5081
1784 January 6 - June 2.
 
Irregular binding or badly bound. Damaged by damp.
5082
1784 June 13 - November 16.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by damp.
5083
1784 November 16.
 
Damaged by damp.
5084
1784 November 16 - December 30.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by damp.
5085
1784 December 30.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by damp.
5086
1785 January - December 18.
 
Pages missing.
5087
1786 January 12 - December 30.
 
Damaged by damp.
5088
1787 January 4 - December 29.
 
5089
1788 January 7 - December 19.
 
5090
1789 (January) - December 30.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by damp.
5091
1790 January .. - December 24.
 
Pages missing.
5092
1791 January 5 - November 14.
 
5093
1792 January 5 - December 31.
 
5094
1793 January 12 - December 31.
 
Irregular binding or badly bound. Damaged by damp.
5095
1794 January 9 - December 31.
 
Damaged by damp.
5096
1795 January 13 - December 22.
 
Pages missing. Damaged by damp, insects and vermin.
5097
1796 January 4 - February 26.