Lieut-Colonel W M Leake made a short visit to Larnaka from Nicosia:

From Lefkosia to Larnaka, eight hours. The first half of the distance was a continuation of the same plain as before; the remainder lay over...

The Swedish archaeologist Alfred Westholm writes to his parents about his latest journey around Cyprus:

One day last week all four of us made an excursion to Karpassos to visit our friend Gunnis’s excavations...

Lieut-Colonel W M Leake describes the town of Larnaka:

We pass the day on board the Tigre, where we find General Junot, afterwards Duke of Abrantes, and Madame Junot and General Dupuy; the latter, next to Kleber, the Senior...

Rupert Gunnis, ADC to Governor Sir Ronald Storrs, inspected his finds in Ayia Irene and attended a concert:

Down to see the terra-cotta statues from Ayia Irene now that they have been cleaned. The big one, about 6ft is very fine but...

Ruby, wife of the director of Skouriotissa Mines Charles Freedman Jackson, living in the Skouriotissa monastery complex, wrote to her siblings:

We drove to Nicosia and came back yesterday. We had the nicest time. ...

Archaeologist Alfred Westholm, alias Alfiros, visited Kythrea:

Today we had a Sunday with an automobile outing and our destination was an enormous spring above a village called Kythrea east of Nicosia. The spring is famous...

Edith Belcher, wife of the US Consul General in Cyprus, was astonished at her friend Nitza Tavernaris’s political outburst:

On the way home Nitza and Toby got into a frightful political argument. Nitza said she trusted no one...

Sir Samuel Baker, travelling around the island for a whole year, realised the difficult terrain he was crossing:

The 17th February was a day of considerable bodily exercise, as we arrived at a series of watercourses as deep and broad...

Ruby, wife of Charles Freedman Jackson, who was director of the Skouriotissa Mines and lived in the Skouriotissa monastery complex, wrote to Harold and Charlotte:

After dinner we drove home by way of Mr Gunther’s where we had tea. ...

The Swedish archaeologist Alfred Westholm wrote to his parents:

The final surge at Soli was rather horrible. It ended with two days and nights of uninterrupted work following a night of about 4 hours sleep.On the last day...

One can distinguish the Britishness of Rupert Gunnis, ADC to Sir Ronald Storrs, even in insignificant notes in his diary:

HE, ladies and I to watch the football match, the English School vs the American School in the moat...

Lieut-Colonel Benjamin Donisthorpe Donne, district officer of Limassol, was inspecting the area of Episcopi village:

Episcopi is one of the prettiest villages in the island, surrounded by orange gardens etc. ...