Rupert Gunnis wrote to his mother about his busy days just before Christmas:

We have been to a lot of different things including a Bazaar, a football match and a dance, the latter was quite good fun and was held in the local...

The Swedish archaeologist Alfred Westholm was preparing to return to Nicosia where he was to spent Christmas with the rest of the team of the Swedish Expedition to Cyprus:

I went up to Vouni today...

Consul General Taylor Belcher writes in his diary:

Governor’s action in releasing detainees, reconsideration opening Larnaca Lyceum and removal restrictions on ex-detainees has put him on crest...

Sir Garnet Wolseley, first High Commissioner to Cyprus, was about to receive his wife on the island:

I had expected the “Salamis” to arrive early in the forenoon, but she did not appear until about 3.00pm. I had a ride...

The American missionary Lorenzo Warriner Pease noted in his diary:

Today the Greeks are visiting from hours; it is a festival, of what kind I know not. I and Lucinda went out to the future in –laws of Mr. Grollo our host, or rather his mother in law, for the father was beheaded by the Turks..

Hugh MacCalmont was part of the “Wolseley Gang”, a group of officers who worked closely with the first High Commissioner of Cyprus, and was ADC to Sir Garnet Wolseley during his tenure on the island:

A proper “Government House”...

The traveller Richard Pococke leaves the island of Cyprus:

To the east of this cape (Cape Gatto) there is a bay, and at the west corner of it Limesol is situated, where I first landed in the island. As I did not meet with any ship there bound to...

Lieut-Colonel Donisthorpe Donne, District Commissioner of Limassol, had to cope with the terrible floods in Limassol:

In spite however of our damp and uncomfortable condition and the impossibility of a plum pudding...

Lieut-Colonel Donisthorpe Donne describes his Christmas day in Cyprus:

Being Christmas Day I had my Parade of the Zaptiehs and visited the prison in the morning and in the afternoon entertained Hedji Emmanueli’s family...

A telegram to the Secretary of State by the USA Consul General to Cyprus, Taylor Belcher:

The most encouraging day I’ve had since coming here over a year ago was Foot’s summation after holiday eve meeting with him. ...

Ogier VIII, Seigneur d' Anglure landed at Limassol:

We landed at this same town of Limeso, which was formerly a very fair city, the following Sunday, the feast of S. Stephen, the first martyr, December 26, 1395. And know that this city of Limeso, which is for the most...

Alfred Westholm’s first Christmas in Cyprus:

Christmas Eve we were invited to the Gjerstads, who are installed in a hotel. First there was lunch at one o’clock with Swedish snaps, “dip in the pot”, Christmas sausage and...