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