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'Government of Bahrain Annual Report for Year 1356 (March 1937 - February 1938)' [‎54v] (22/76)

The record is made up of 1 volume (37 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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Hpstairs there are four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large sitting room
a dining room and wide verandas, at the back there are a kitchen etc., and servants
rooms. ^ Since the Rest House was opened, it has scarce!}' ever remained
Manama Fort. Rs. 27,483. The main north wall of the Fort was rebuilt
aim a new tower has been erected at the north west corner. The tower is 33 feet
nign and contains one large circular room and a stairway up to the roof
u 1 Wal i, has .^ ee ? Prodded with a ledge extending all round the inside of the
been Rebuilt W men P ass a ^ on g The north eastern tower has not yet
Ihree garages were built in the wall of the fort on the western side.
a ^ 0ll r u"? 11 ba f rack rooms inside the Fort immediately south of the bungalow
bmlt ' n'tlu ' a f ®{wl re n0 longer safe to li¥e in ' and new barrack rooms were
built on the same site with three rooms above them attached to the Fort bungalow.
J:™ barrac ' i , roor( ' 3 were bui| t outside the south wall at the end of the horse
lines for the mounted section and minor repairs and improvements were carried out.
Manama Muharraq Road Es. 34,802. The road was not extended durinir
the year 1 he decision as to ultimate method of bridging the gap has not vet been
made. 1 here are two schools of thought on the matter, one opinion is that the
could be safely ^educed, by extending the road on ekch side, thus reducing Ihe
thp tf ■ ? e , lts C0 ® t ' tlle other opinion is that it is inadvisable to reduce
the „ap as this might have serious results on the low lying coast of Muharraa and
Mftrhpll 6 ' rl t rra T em ? ntS n aV ( e r been . made with the firm of Messrs. Coode Wilson
Mitchell and Vaughan-Lee, 9 Victoria St. S. W. 1 for the servipps nf «
jngineer in October 1938 who will visit Bahrain and will report to the Bahrain
l 0n f K e r Aft r. this re P ort has been seen a decision will be made
as to the type of bridge to be erected. "iaae
and cemlVpITpef afontthl IwoSs 'oT^lf ' T'"!
been bmlt at intervals and also a semi-circular extension at the "end" of thl Manama
side, which is used as a place for turning cars, and resurfacing the whole road
Although motor launches and small sailing boflt«5 ha™ oi™™* j ,
between the Manama pier and Muharraq there has "been nn nnn i f ce ^ed to ply
launch owners and boat owners who find sufficient work elsewherl 1?" r 6 P l rt ? f
which used to carry passengers now briiw bnildina ofr» t > na ^ 8ai ling boats
and juss from Hawar, and the launches find sufficient" work nlvi^a hpf 8 m' at 8ea
Muharraq and the steamers which visit Bahrain in greater nnmbe'rs thrnbefore"^^
allocated'in*the'{3"(f Budget^bu/durfng theyeTij was ™ ^
at Hawar should be strengthened and^hat'the ga^n hould^ P ; ,iCe P0St
comfortable quarters in a building which would be of militarv nt ?n f 10 ' 6
emergency. The fort which is situated on hi^h ground ahnwill K i ^ a ',' y
northern village, commands the pier and is visible from Mnh.J rf C e to the
large compound surrounded by a wall, a line of barrack rooms kitchp consls ' s of a
etc., and a tower 34 feet high. In the comnonnd ti,^ ■' | ^ iens i wa sh houses
capable of holding 2,500 gallons of water which can be used tank
this year, the wells on the island become dry. The building wiM al aS 1S j i J ,ase
thirty men. Some work remained to be finished at t^PnriTf fr T 3 ^ 6 abo '' t
fort and the pier which extends into wate™ uffictntlv f, . both 0 . n the
sailing boats to come alongside sumciently deep for large launches or

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This volume is the Annual Report of the Government of Bahrain for the year 1356 AH (1937-1938) and gives details of the Revenue and Expenditure of the Bahrain State and contains notes on the activities of the various Government departments, as well as the budget for the year 1357 and some particulars of importance which took place in Bahrain during the year. It includes text, photographic images and tables. The report appears to be compiled from reports from various Government departments and officials. An index appears on folio 46r, followed by a General Review by Charles Dalrymple Belgrave, Adviser to the State of Bahrain (folio 47r).

The contents are divided into the following sections and sub-sections:

  • Budget – 1356 (folio 47v);
  • Summary of Revenue and Expenditure, 1356 (folio 48r);
  • Detailed statement of Revenue and Expenditure, 1356 (folio 48v);
  • Statement of Expenditure on Public Works and Special Projects (folio 49r);
  • Notes on Revenue – 1356 (folio 49v): Oil Royalty, Customs Receipts, Rent of Aerodrome, Passport Fees, Land Registration Fees, Motor Car Taxes, Rent of Government Lands, Interest on Reserves, and Oil Gauging Fees;
  • Notes on Expenditure – 1356 (folios 49v-50v): Allowances to the Ruling Family, State Protection, Customs Department, Secretariat, Judicial Department, Land and Public Works Department, Passport Department, Education Department, Municipalities, Medical, Contingencies, Upkeep of buildings, Upkeep and construction of roads, and Unforeseen;
  • Statement of Expenditure on Public Works and Special Projects (folio 50v): Hospital, Fire Engine, New Palace, Law Courts, Agriculture, Water Cart, and Manama-Muharraq Bridge;
  • Pearl Industry (folios 51)
  • Police and Public Security (folios 51v-53r): Strength, Routine and duties, Police Buildings, Recruitment, Health, Police Families' Clinic, Police Band and Fire Bridgade, Registration of Arms and Ammunition, Mounted Section, Good Conduct Pay, Crime, Traffic Control, Liquor, and Persian Immigration;
  • Public Health (folio 53): Muharraq Dispensary, Suk al Khamis [Sūq al-Khamīs] Dispensary, Hedd [al-Ḥidd] Dispensary, Women's Clinic, Anti-Malaria Measures, and Government Hospital;
  • Land Registration Department (folio 53v): Registration of Sales, Gifts, and Titles, Revenue from Sales etc., and Programme for 1357;
  • Public Works (folios 54-57v): Administration, Roads and Buildings, Law Courts, Work-shop and Garages, Rest House and Police Station, Manama Fort, Manama Muharraq Road, Hawar Fort and Pier, Government Hospital, Muharraq Girls' School, Manama Market Buildings, and Roads;
  • Judicial Department (folios 57v-60r): Bahrain Court, Transfer of Magistrates, Bahrain Lower Court, New Regulations, Shera Court, Code of Laws, and New Law Courts;
  • Municipalities (folios 60r-61v): Manama (Election, Municipal Achievements, Road Improvements, Water Control, Bazaar Improvements, Anti-Malaria Measures, Slaughter House, Adari Spring [‘Ayn ‘Adhārī], and Pier) and Muharraq (Sea Reclamation, Roads, and Anti-Malaria Measures);
  • Wakf [Waqf] Department (folios 61v-62r);
  • Education (folio 62r): Progress, Technical School, Athletics, Students Abroad, and Girls' Schools;
  • General (folios 62v-65r): Annual Audit, New Staff, His Highness' Pilgrimage [hajj], Visit of His Royal Highness Amir Saoud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd, Ibn Saud], Cinema, Juma Mosque, Nationality Law, Bus Service, Broadcasting, Press Propaganda, Government Rest House, and Private Building Enterprise;
  • Electric Supply Department, report by Mr W B Steele, State Engineer (folios 65r-69r): Wiring Contracts, Temporary Wiring, Main Extension, Alterations to Mains, New Generating Set, Financial Position, Telephone Department, Transport Department, Fire Department, Traffic Section, Municipal Ice Plant, School Engineering Workshop, and General;
  • Electric Returns: Profit and Loss Account, Revenue Account, Balance Sheet (folios 69v-70v);
  • Statement of Energy generated and sold, etc. (folio 71r);
  • Customs Department, report for the year 1356 by the Director of Customs Mr C C L de Grenier (folios 71v-76r);
  • Zubara Dispute (folio 76r);
  • Budget – 1357 (Feby. 1938-Feby. 1939) (folio 77);
  • Notes on Budget – 1357 (folios 78-80).

Illustrations appear on four folios and they are labelled as follows:

  • Folio 56: 'Hawar Fort' and 'Hawar Pier';
  • Folio 59: 'Law Courts. North Aspect' and 'Law Courts. South Aspects';
  • Folio 64: 'Muharraq Girl’s School' and 'Northern Village and Bay, Hawar';
  • Folio 68: 'Law Courts, open courtyard and platform' and 'Open Courtyard in the Law Courts'.

An inscription on the front cover reads 'Printed at the Times Press, Basrah' (folio 44r).

Extent and format
1 volume (37 folios)

There is an index (folio 46r) which references pages in the report.

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Foliation: Folios 44-81.

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English in Latin script
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