Joins 1923, posted to Bengal. Record of first days, and first spell of duty, climate, people, work and organization of Civil Service. S.D.O. Serampore (Hooghly Div); Barrackpore – comment on industries and workers. Incidents and cases. D.M. of Dacca 1930. (See paper on Terrorism in Bengal 1930-35). Notes on dyarchy and hartals. Description. of dealing with Hindu Muslim riot.
Touring in riverine districts of East Bengal by Launch (Bankura). Transferred to Tippera as D.M. Notes on Maharajah of Tippera. Able to do some constructive work at Tippera: (1) with water hyacinth. (2) rural indebtedness – success of arbitration courts in this.
1935 Silver Jubilee celebrations at Comilla.
1936 Government of India Act: consequences and incidents. Profile of minister, Makunda Behary Mallick.
Transferred to Finance Dept. to devise method for levying a sales tax in Bengal – Profile of Minister, Mr. H.S. Suhrawardy.
Bill passed 1941.
Dec. 1941 Viceroy pays his annual visit to Calcutta. Viceroy’s refusal to give party for poorer children. This done by Lady Mary Herbert, wife of the Governor.
1942 Holland made Secretary in the Dept. of Public Health and Local Govt. In charge of Civil Defence.
1942-43 eventful year in Calcutta. Income tax evasion case. Bengali Youth in war effort. First steps taken to deal with Calcutta beggars.
1943 Bengal famine. Insight into Government hospital work.
1944 Profile of Mr. Casey as Governor of Bengal.
1945 Commissioner of Dacca Division. Profile of Sir Frederick and Lady Burrows. Comments on Partition, and Independence.
1947 Chairman of Calcutta Improvement Trust. Description of ceremony on 15 August 1947, and subsequent events at Govt. House.
MS paper entitled Terrorism in Bengal 1930-35: a personal reminiscence.
Memoir of time as Additional District Magistrate, Dacca, East Bengal, when Civil Disobedience campaign was at its height. Terrorist activities and police action. Transferred to Khulna district – civil disobedience there. Steadfastness and loyalty of Muslims, and Bengal civil services.
Example of peaceful method of dealing with demonstrations. Increase in murders. Khulna terrorist group preparing to murder Mr. Holland.
Returns after leave as District Magistrate to Bankura. Has a Gurkha battalion there whose cheerful example encourages people.
1934 transferred as D.M. of Tippera district. Gradual change of attitude of people.