Dutch Records from Malacca in the India Office Records, (1670) 1685 - 1835 (1841)

Fonds Specifications


Custodial history
The records of the Malacca Orphan Chamber and Court of Justice, R/9, occupy 44 feet of shelving (98 boxes) at the India Office Records in London. They were donated by the Government of the Straits Settlements to the India Office in June 1927, after lying, neglected, for many years in the basement of the Court House at Malacca. It is only recently (1981) that they have been completely sorted and listed. They comprise 36 boxes of Orphan Chamber records, 54 boxes of records of the College of Justice, 1 box of records of the Political Council and 7 boxes of miscellanea. For the most part the records are written in Dutch and although they extend in date from 1685 to 1835 the bulk of them relate to the period 1785 - 1825, i.e. the last years of the Dutch East India Company's administration, the British occupation of 1795 - 1818 and the second Dutch administration of 1818 - 25.