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'File 19/175 Bahrain - Pearling' [‎32r] (62/83)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (41 folios). It was created in 17 Feb 1924-30 Jul 1936. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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Dated the 9th January 1927.

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There has "been no repetition the trouble with the
divers to which I referred in No.C-1 of last week.
The liuhaajraq raerhants were timid and shut up their
heuses and placed guards on them, eleven of them c ^-irie to me as
a Dexjutation on Monday saying that though they did not fear the
divers the,y feared the Bilastis or unemp^yahles who they stated
were preparing to attack them that night. They asked for pro
tection. I got Parke to increase th© numbers of his police in
Muharraq and all was peace.
On Wednesday the Jews came rushing to my office 10 arm.
saying thty had shut their shops fearing attach and requested me
to do something. I went down to the bazaar and found all the
other shops open even those of Buniahs and everything as usual.
I told the Jews to open their shops and not be such fools.
It seems that some fellow had played a practical Joke
on them by galloping past on a donkey shouting "Shut your shops"
We persuaded Shaikh Hamad to come to .Luharra^ for 3 days
to talk matters over with all concerned and now things appear
to be in a fdUbfc. way to settlement. It has been decided to
re-establish the Salifa Court about which Colonel Prideaux
was keen, but with 4 members instead of the one Kakhuda who
formerly had matters all his own way.
Shaikh Hamad has agreed to my proposal to have a working
diver dn the Court if we can find a suitable man. Belgravt
thiks he can.
Shaikhs Hamad and Abdullah have now gone off hawking again.
Bustards are very plentiful this year and I think Shaikh Hamad
considers it was a great concession to interrupt the most im
portant business in the worl^ by coming to Lluharraq to settle
m^re State affairs.

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This file contains correspondence related to the pearling industry of Bahrain and the reforms of the industry that were enacted by the British during the 1920s.

The correspondence discusses the status of the industry prior to the reforms, the nature of the relationship between the ship captains (Nakudas) and the pearl divers and the impact of the reforms - especially their positive impact on the condition of the divers.

An example of a Nakuda's general account is included on folio 16.

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1 volume (41 folios)

File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

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There is one incomplete foliation sequence and one complete foliation sequence. The complete foliation sequence is circled in pencil, in the top corner of each folio. It begins on the front cover, on number 1, and runs through to 42, ending on the inside of the back cover of the volume.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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