The Orphan Chamber Cape Town Archives

There is an excellent searchable online database administered by the Universities of Cape Town and the Western Cape, in partnership with the Cape Town Archives Repository and the National Archives at The Hague, whose goal is “to make a complete transcription of certain papers from deceased estates administered by the Orphan Chamber at the Cape between about 1690 and 1840, and a catalogue of associated documents”:

Central Cape Town from Lions Head
Image via Wikipedia


The Orphan Chamber was established in 1673 under Dutch rule and continued during the British period under the jurisdiction of the High Court.

There were no CUMPSTON entries but it worth just browsing the entries and the 3 maps in the front page are excellent.





About mallerstang

Member of the Guild of One Name Studies researching the name CUMPSTON and its variants. You can see my website at I have a new study of the name LAXEN with its own blog at and a further research blog which is not registered as a one name study of KNAGGS of Flamborough
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