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'Administration Report of the Persian Gulf for the Year 1937' [‎19r] (37/72)

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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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1. Personnel.
Major C. H. Lincoln, O.B.E., I.M.D., held charge of the Kerman-Bandar
Abbas Consulates until relieved on the 1st November by Major G. A.
Falconer, Indian Political Service The branch of the British Government of India with responsibility for managing political relations between British-ruled India and its surrounding states, and by extension the Gulf, during the period 1937-47. .
2. British Interests.
I. 12 British subjects were registered at the Consulate during the year.
II, Coronation of His Majesty King George VI. —The occasion was
fittingly celebrated at the Consulate on the 12th May.
A special service was held at St. Andrews Mission Church in the morning,
conducted by the Mission Chaplain.
In the afternoon there was an official reception at the Consulate, followed
by a garden party with illuminations and fireworks. Of the 94 persons to
whom invitations were sent, 54 attended. The only Irani officials present
were the Governor-General, Chief of Police, and the President of the Muni
cipality. The order prohibiting other Iranian subjects visiting the Consulate
was rigidly enforced throughout the year. Many others were very
anxious to attend the Coronation celebrations, but the official element
were dissuaded from doing so by the Governor, and others were
turned back by a detective posted a short distance from the Consulate
III. His Majesty's Birthday. —An official reception followed by a garden
party was held at the Consulate on the 9th June. 26 persons attended includ
ing the three local officials excluded from the ban, and also three Iranian mer
chants who were brave enough to ignore the ban.
IV. Church Missionary Society, [a) General—The duties of Chaplain
were performed throughout the year by the Rev. M. T. Lord.
The Rt. Rev. W. J. Thompson, Bishop in Iran, visited Kerman twice
during 1937.
No active interference in the Society's evangelical work came to notice
during the year, but a detective was invariably in the offing to see who at
tended the services.
(6) Medical. —The society suffered a severe loss by the death of Dr.
G. E. Dodson on the 9th May, after 34 years of service to the Mission and the
inhabitants of Kerman. His funeral was largely attended by people of all
classes who held the late Dr. Dodson in great respect.
During July the men's hospital was in temporary charge of Dr. Martin
from Shiraz. But in the absence of a permanent doctor there was a big falling
off in the attendance. Dr. R. H. Carpenter arrived at the end of October and
assumed charge of men's hospital and dispensary.
Dr. (Miss) G. A. Henriques was in charge of the women's hospital through
out the year.
(c) Educational—{i) Boys' School (Dabirestan-i-Jam).—The Revd. M.
T. Lord was the Principal during 1937. The school is very popular and filled
to capacity.
(ii) Girls' School (Daberistan Mariam).—This school under Miss J. F.
Woodroffe, is also very popular among the local inhabitants.
V. Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. —Towards the end of the year an
Iranian Armenian, named Faniantz, who has spent several years in England,
was appointed local manager. He called on the Consul on arrival.
VI. Trade. —With the exception of the limited export of carpets to
the United Kingdom, British trade with Kerman is practically non-existent
at the present time. Exchange and other restrictions plus excessive import
duties have successfully strangled foreign trade. The policy of the merchants
seems to be one of waiting until the restrictions hampering trade are removed
or appreciably reduced, which they believe to be inevitable.

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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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