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'Government of Bahrain Annual Report for Year 1358 (February1939 - February 1940)' [‎146r] (49/86)

The record is made up of 1 volume (42 folios). It was created in 1940. 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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intended should reach deep water. The work was dropped in 1923 and the end of the
pier was faced with stone in lO^. The present and final extension has been under
consideration from that time.
C. State Hospital. The building of the hospital has made slow progress. It was
hoped that by the end of the year the women's hospital would be in use but it has not
yet been opened. Owing to the situation of the hospital at one end of the town in a
secluded neighbourhood surrounded by houses on three sides the extent of the
building is not generally appreciated. The four blocks consisting of out-patients
dispensary for men and women with the Medical Officer s flat above, the women's
hospital with Lady Doctor's and Matron's flats above, the men's hospital and the
administrative and surgery block will eventually cover a ground area of over 31,000
square feet and all the buildings are two storied. This hospital is the largest
building in Bahrain and, I think, the largest building in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. .
The dispensary was completed during the year. It is divided into two parts
for men and for women which necessitated duplicating most of the rooms. Male
and female patients are attended to at the same time and arrangements have been
made to ensure the privacy of the women's rooms.
In the women's hospital the two flats and the nurses' quarters were completed
with the exception of some fittings in the latter. The first floor of this hospital was
ready for use at the end of the year and the ground floor was nearing completion.
The wards in the women's hospital are 14 feet high and are provided with
large windows and clear story ventilators. Walls up to a height of 5 feet and all
the floors are made of green "Terrazo '. This is the first time that flooring of this
type has been used in a government building in Bahrain. All woodwork is made of
teak wood. There is a central water heating system for the whole hospital and hot
and cold water is laid on in every ward. The verandahs, which are 12 feet wide, are
enclosed with mosquito wire, though unfortunately, owing to the dampness, it has
been found to have a short life in Bahrain. There are four special wards for one or
two beds with private Enropean-style bathrooms attached. The doctor's and
matron's flats consist of sitting room, dining room, bedroom, dressing room,
kitchen, pantry, etc. On the ground floor there are rooms for Indian nurses, with
common rooms, dining room, and bathrooms and kitchens.
The water supply for the whole hospital comes direct from the main flow of
an artesian well in the neighbourhood and is lifted to tanks on a 36 feet high water
tower by an electric engine. Electricity is supplied from the nearest sub-station by
an underground cable. It is not proposed to install an air-conditioning plant but
some separate air-conditioning units will be used in certain wards.
The men's hospital is similar in style and construction to the women's
hospital. The structural work on the ground floor was completed at the end of the
year with ward accomodation for about 40 beds but flooring, plastering and wood
work has not been begun. It is not proposed to commence the first floor at present
until part of the administrative block has been built. Only the foundations of the
administrative block have been completed. All the hospital buildings are of solid
stone with walls 2 feet thick. The foundations are, on an average, from 10 to 12
feet deep. This excessive depth was necessary as the ground on the site consisted
of loose sand and rubble. The unusual depth of the foundations has added very
greatly to the cost of the buildings, a fact which cannot be appreciated by the
ordinary observer.
D. The Fort. During the year the eastern wall was rebuilt and work on the
north east tower was begun. The tower will be similar to the one at the north-west
corner, but will contain a large store on the ground floor. Before building had
started most of the old tower and part of the wall had fallen down and for some
months it was possible to walk through the walls into the Fort.
A new barrack room, with accomodation for about 30 men, was built and the
main entrance and guard room were re-roofed and repaired.

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This volume is the Annual Report of the Government of Bahrain for the year 1358 AH (1939-1940) and gives te 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 1359 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 122r, followed by a General Review by Charles Dalrymple Belgrave, dated April 1940 (folio 125r).

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

  • Budget 1358 (folios 126r-127v);
  • Summary of Revenue and Expenditure 1358 (folio 128r);
  • Statetment of Revenue and Expenditure 1358 (folio 128v);
  • Notes on Revenue 1357 (folio 129r);
  • Notes on Expenditure 1357 (folios 129r-130v): Allowances to Ruling Family, Adviserate, Customs Department, Judicial, Awkaf [Awqāf] and Minors Departments, Public Works Department, Land Department, Passport Department, Oil Gauging, Transport Department, Public Health, Education, Municipalities, Agriculture, Departmental expenses, Unforseen, Public Protection, Armaments, Transport, King [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] Ibn Sa'ud's visit, Food Supplies, and Public Works (Manamah-Muharraq Swing Bridge, Hospital Building, Manamah Pier extension, Pier Trolley Lines, Fort, Education Department, Transport Department, Passport Office, Miscellaneous, Mosque at Hawar, Kozabia House, Budeya Garden drainage, Annual Repairs, and Road Repairs);
  • The Pearl Industry (folios 130v-131v): The Pearl Industry and Pearl Propaganda;
  • Police and Public Security (folios 132r-133v): Police Administration (Strength, Recruitment, Routine, Defence Duties, Health of the Police, Infant Welfare Clinic, Mounted Sections, Machine Gun Section and Motor Bicycle Section, Buildings, Promotions and Appointments), Naturs, Traffic Control and Crime;
  • Public Health (folios 133v-139r): Appointment of Staff, The Village Dispensaries, Health (Malaria, Eye disease, Ear diseases, Respiratory disease, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Venereal disease, Small-Pox, Alimentary diseases, Rheumatic disease, and Gynaecological and Obstetrical diseases), Medical examination of school children (Boys' Schools and Girls' Schools), Health of the Police (Infant Welfare Clinic and Prisoners' Health) and Malaria;
  • Land Registration Department (folio 139r): Registrations, Iranian Property, Island Beacons, and Survey Students;
  • Judicial (folio 139v): Bahrain Courts and Bahrain Small Courts;
  • Municipalities (folio 140r): Anti-Malaria Measures, Widening and Constructing town roads, New Road, Water Cart, Road Metalling, Lease of Markets, Swamp Reclamation, and Miscellaneous;
  • Wakf [Waqf] Department (folio 140v): Shia Wakf Department and Sunni Wakf Department;
  • Education (folios 140v-141r): School Reforms and appointment of Director of Education, Technical Schools, and Female Education;
  • Minors Department, (folios 141r-141v);
  • Food Control, report by A C Byard (folios 142r-143v);
  • King Ibn Sa'ud's Visit to Bahrain (folios 143v-145r);
  • Passport Department (folios 145r);
  • Public Works Department (folios 145r-148r): Recurrent Expenditure, Non-Recurrent Expenditure (Manamah Muharraq Causeway and Bridge, Manamah Pier Extension, State Hospital, Fort, Government Schools, Transport Building, Passport Office and Post Office, New entrance and stairs at Manamah Palace, and Hawar Mosque), Works not provided for in 1358 budget (Rifle Range, Jida Island, Idari Spring, Hedd Girls' School and Om Ashaoom Spring);
  • General (folios 148r-148v): New Appointments, Local Newspaper and Cinema, H.H.'s visit to India, Press and Broadcast propaganda, Catholic Church, Government Rest House, Appointment of a Governmental Representative with the Oil Company, and Shaikh Mohomed bin Isa's [Muḥammad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah] visit to New York;
  • Electric Department (folios 148v-150): Electricity Department (Wiring Contracts, Temporary Wiring, Main Extensions, Alteration to Mains, and Air Conditioning), Government Telephone Department, Transport Department, Fire Department, Traffic Section, Government Technical School, New Government Hospital - Naim, Anti Malaria Campaign, Oil Royalty and other gauging, Muharraq Bridge, Financial Position, Electricity Charges, and Prospects for 1359;
  • Profit and Loss Account (folio 151r).
  • Revenue Account (folio 151v);
  • Balance Sheet (folio 152r);
  • Statement of Energy Sold (folio 152v);
  • Customs Department, report by Mr C C L de Grenier, Director of Customs and Port Officer (folios 153rv-159r);
  • Budget 1359 (folios 160r-161r);
  • Notes on Estimated Revenue 1358 (folios 161v);
  • Notes on Estimated Expenditure 1358: (folios 161v-162v).

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

  • Folio 134: 'The Government Hospital, with labels Men’s wing in progress (left) and Women’s wing (right)';
  • Folio 136: 'The Government Hospital: The Women’s Wing from the west';
  • Folio 144: 'H.M. King Ibn Sa’ud inspecting the guard of honour, accompanied by H.H. Shaikh Hamad';
  • Folio 147: 'H.M. King Ibn Sa’ud and H.H. Shaikh Hamad, on the palace’s new flight of steps'.

On the front cover there is an inscription that reads 'Printed at the Times Press, Basrah', as well as a note in pen that reads 'Confidential' (folio 122r).

Extent and format
1 volume (42 folios)

This file contains an index (folio 122r) which references pages of the report.

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Foliation: Folios 122-164.

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English in Latin script
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