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The contents of the magazine follow the standard format of a parish magazine and includes advertisements, details of church services, births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, attendance figures, and, in the earlier issues, Dean Brandon’s itinerary.

It is also full of information useful to the local community, including information about libraries, concerts, schools, recreation, court cases and shipping news.

Until 1907 the front cover of the magazine featured a picture of Christ Church Cathedral. The cathedral was consecrated in 1892, though the tower was not completed until several years later (notices on raising the funds for the tower can be found in The Falkland Islands magazine). Christ Church is the southern most Anglican cathedral in the world and is featured on the reverse of Falkland Islands pounds.

Some of our copies of The Falkland Islands magazine, in addition to being part of the former Colonial Office library, were also the personal copies of Mr. and Mrs. Octave Fleuret. Several issues between 1899 and 1901 contain their inscriptions. According to the British Families in Southern Patagonia database, available online, Octave Fleuret was born in the Falkland Islands. He was of French ancestry and married Catherine Biggs. They had two children Mary Ann Eleanor and Madeline Adele and in the early twentieth century the family immigrated to Punta Arenas, Chile.

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