With thanks to Chris Main, grandson of former District Officer Home Davies, for providing the following transcribed General Notes from his grandfather’s original papers. These were likely written by Albert Goodwin as he was the outgoing District Officer in January 1952.
Goodwin gives an overview of all aspects of the Island that a new District Officer and his wife would need to know so they can prepare themselves. He gives some sage advice as to how they can have a happier time living in such an isolated, small community and makes observations such as “The Europeans are a mixed bag … ” and “It is most difficult to get servants to come to Christmas Island”.
All in all, it is an interesting little look into early 1950s life from a District Officer’s perspective.