National Geographic : 1939 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE GOVERNOR ROSS WELCOMES MRS. STROUT TO THE COCOS ISLANDS For more than a century his family has owned and superintended the group, now a part of the Straits Settlements. He has built a model town on New Selima, known by all the residents as Home Island, where well-constructed houses and shops line the streets. To each newly married couple the governor presents a modest home. The principal crop from this tiny settlement in the Indian Ocean is coconuts (page 69). VANDYKES, BURNSIDES, AND GALWAYS FLOURISH WHERE NO LADIES LIVE! Employees of the cable station are not permitted to bring their families with them when they are posted at Direction Island in the Cocos. During the World War a landing party from the German raider Emden cut two of the three cables here, but the ship was run aground and destroyed on a near-by reef by the Australian cruiser Sydney.