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'Administration Report of the Persian Gulf for the Year 1937' [‎14r] (27/72)

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The record is made up of 1 file (34 folios). It was created in 1938. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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Governor General of Fars. Both had been in forced residence at Tehran for
some years. An obelisk has since been erected to commemorate the Valiahd's
first visit to Fars.
7. The inclusion of the Qawam ill Mulk in the Shah's suite following on
a marriage between their children was thought to indicate designs" on some of
the properties still owned by the family. It has long been rumoured that
the {Shah's daughter may be brought to reside at Shiraz and villages are
reported to have been bought or acquired by the Authorities as gifts to
8. An official dinner and reception were given by the Governor General
on the occasion of the Shah's Birthday, which His Majesty's Consul and the
two Vice Consuls were invited to attend in uniform. The usual No Rouz
reception was cancelled, as it was decided to have no official or social functions
in Muharrem. The Valiahd's Birthday was celebrated with demonstrations
of school-boys and Boy Scouts.
9. There have been no incidents during the year in which foreign sub
jects were involved, but there has been a falling off in the courtesy shown by
officials to foreigners. Permits have frequently been delayed or withheld
and social intercourse has been restricted in accordance with orders from
Tehran. The boycott of the Consulate has been intensified and has been
extended from officials to other notables, most of whom were instructed to
stay away from a Garden Party held to celebrate the Coronation of King
George VI, though some of them had already accepted the invitation. Spe
cial permission was given to a junior employee of the Education Department
to teach Persian to the Vice-Consul. Persons who were formerly friendly
with the Indian Pro-Consul have been warned to avoid him. The Governor
General admits that instructions on these matters have been received but
states that they have reference to social contacts only and not to business
dealings such as could affect the Imperial Bank of Iran or trade relations.
These matters have affected all foreigners equally and no longer seem to be
inspired solely by the local military authorities.
10. The unveiling of women is now a thing of the past. The " chaddur "
is practically never seen and more or less European clothing, is now universal
ly worn by men and women of all classes who appear in public. The Shah's
Birthday reception might have been in some Eastern European Capital,
but it was noticeable that the sexes kept completely separate. Signs of
western influence, however, have been completely eliminated in other direc
tions. All notices and advertisements in foreign languages have been remov
ed. The Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, Imperial Bank of Iran, Indian and
Armenian Shops have been instructed to change their English Signboards
and the Hotels their French ones. Cinema notices are all exhibited in Per
sian. To conform with modern ideas, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company ob
tained special permission to include camels in a film taken early in the year
showing views of Persepolis with a tank lorry as an indication of progress.
11. The cancellation of functions at No Rouz and the removal of the
decorations before the Shah's visit have already been mentioned. As these
fell in Muharrem it was decided, though in each case at the eleventh hour,
to respect religious susceptibilities. It was announced that the Aid-i-Ghurban
and the Aid-i-Ghadir could be celebrated instead of No Rouz.
12. On the occasion of the inspection of Registration offices by a high
official from Tehran in July, all the Mullahs employed there were reported
to be in European dress. So also were a few at the official reception of the
Shah, but many stayed away on that occasion.
13. Despite the haphazard sanitation and lack of discipline in barracks
and the antiquated town drainage and scavenging arrangements, the general
health of the town has been good throughout the year after an epidemic of
influenza in the winter. Fevers and malaria are said to be more prevalent
in the areas where cotton has been introduced. Work on the new Municipal
Hospital was begun but stopped through lack of funds. A small clinic for
women and children was opened by the Lion and Red Sun organisation.
Towards the end of the year classes for nurses were begun under the Educa
tion Department, with the co-operation of an American lady teacher, a local
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The file consists of Administration Report of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. for the Year 1937 (New Delhi: Government of India Press, 1938).

The Report, prepared by the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , summarises important information relating to the Gulf and notable events in the Gulf during 1937. The Report contains a review by the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , and separate sections on each of the agencies, consulates, and other areas that made up the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. . The information provided includes lists of personnel, movements of British officials and foreigners, local administration, military and naval matters, aviation, the political situation, trade and commerce, medical reports, meteorological reports, and related information.

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1 file (34 folios)

There is a list of contents at the front of the Report, on folio 3.

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Foliation: the foliation system in use commences at 1 on the front cover, and continues through to 36 on the back cover. The sequence is written in pencil, enclosed in a circle, and appears in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio.

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