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'File 19/116 VIII (C 34) Bahrain Miscellaneous' [‎5r] (11/124)

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The record is made up of 1 file (60 folios). It was created in 8 Sep 1925-28 Jun 1931. 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.

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confidential .
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Baiirain, the Ilth October
- 1925.
bu3wire residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India.
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CONFIDENTIAL REOOfiOS.
I have w ust had a lone talk with liajor Holmes on the
subject of water and oil in Baiirain. He arrived here on the
8th instant, and called on me at once. Owing to a pressure of
work at the end of the diving season, I had no opportunity of
discussing these questions thoroughly until today.
as you know, the geological conditions in Bahrain are
such that these two matters, water and oil, c.:re somewhat inter
mixed. The "spring" area is however apparently limited to
that portion of the main island north of a line drawn due
East and «.'est through Rafaa -t».sh bharqi, and includes the xiiiK
islands of Sitrah and kuharraq. according to Major Holmes,
it is only close to the above line or anywhere south ot it
that oil drilling operations could be safely carried out,
without interfering with the spring water supply. He bases
this supposition on the theory that the spring water comes
originally from the Persian side of the Gulf, flowing betv.'een
two layers of impervious rock, which emerges at the surface
along a clearly defined belt roughly paraltil witii the coast,
similar springs to those in Bahrain being found in (^atif on
the main land. Thus any wexls drilled to the south or main
land side of this belt should not interfere with the flow of
thewater.
In regard to the tv/o experimental artesian wells
which the eastern and General Syndicate are now in the course
of drilling, I explained in my letter No.85/9^9 dated the 4th
October 1925 that after reaching water in the Lanamah well,
the Syndicate had transferred their plant to Muharraq. Here
Lieut. Colonel F.B.Prideaux, G.S.I., C.I.L.,
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. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .

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The documents contained in this file cover a diverse range of topics. The file includes - in the following order - letters concerning water boring operations in Bahrain (1925/1926), a report of an assassination attempt against Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (1926), a petition to the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. from Sunni and Shia inhabitants of Bahrain (1926), a letter regarding Shaikh Hamad's desire to visit Abdullah bin Jasim Al Thani in Qatar (1927), a list showing the quantity and value of foreign goods imported into Bahrain in 1927, discussions regarding the granting of additional land in Bahrain to Mespers, The Mesopotamian-Persian Trading Corporation (1928), reports concerning the Persian school in Bahrain (1928), a letter from the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in Bahrain to 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. in Bushire that discusses several matters (1929), correspondence that discusses the distinction between Shaikh Hamad's personal flag and the official state flag of Bahrain (1930), an intelligence report on the Qusaibi family of Riyadh (1931) and a letter about the implementation of a 10 percent cut to the personal allowances of the Al Khalifa family (1931).

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1 file (60 folios)
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File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

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Unbound, loose pages in a folder. Foliation starts on the first page of the file. The foliation numbers are written in pencil and circled. They appear in the top right corner of each recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. . A previous foliation system runs from folio 3 to folio 8 but has been crossed out. An additional, inconsistent, foliation system appears in pencil and blue crayon, starting on folio 10.

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