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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2434] (951/1262)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (1165 pages). It was created in 1915. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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of the
Kash in
Cables and
land lines.
This was done by abolishing' the direct line between Kashan and Isfahan,
which crossed a pass 8,760 feet high, and by connecting Isfahan with
Ardistan, a station on the Central Persian line between Kashan and
Yazd. By this means a lower level route was obtained; and various
economies, some of a permanent character, were effected.
At the end of 1904< it was recommended by Mr. H. A. Kirk, who on
the 1st April 1902 had succeeded Mr. Ffinch as Director-in-Chief of the
Indo-European Telegraph Department, that a new line of telegraph
should be constructed from Karachi via Las Bailah to Panjgur, and be
connected, eventually, with the Central Persian line. This proposal, as
the main part of it affected British territory only, was readily sanctioned;
work was begun on the 14th of September 1905 ; and on the 25th of
June 1906 the line stood completed to Panjgur. On the 3rd of August
following a survey party left Panjgur to examine the various routes by
which communication between Panjgur and a station on the Central
Persian line might be * established.
In the Tenth Article of the Convention of 1901 it was laid down
that an extra wire should be added to the existing line between Tehran
and Kashan to carry such additional traffic as might be thrown on it by
the new Central Persian line. Examination of the old line however
showed that, partly on account of the age of the materials and partly on
account of faults of alignment such as irregular length of spans, the
erection of an additional wire on the same set of posts would be danger
ous, and that a new line of posts was required. With the assent of the
Persian Government it was accordingly arranged that a new line of posts
should be erected to carry in the first instance two wires only, one for the
local service of the Persian Telegraph Administration and the other for
international purposes. This work it was expected to complete by the
end of June 1907.
The following are the cables and land lines at present controlled and
worked by the Indo-European Telegraph Department in the Pereian
Gulf or its approaches :—
1. A cable from Karachi to Jashk, opened in 1868 ; length 5S8knots;
stations at Karachi and Jashk.
2. A two-wire land line from Karachi to Jashk, opened from Karachi
to Gwadar in 186'1 and from Gwadar to Jashk in 1869 ; length
699-85 miles ; stations at Karachi, Ormarah, Pasni, Gwadar,
Chahbar and Jashk. There was formerly a station at Sonflii"
yani, between Karachi and Ormarah, but it was closed inJISTl.
* The roube eventually chosen was from Panjgur to Nok Kondi, a point on the
Indian Telegraph Department's line between Nushki and Kobat. A line was con
structed to Nok Kondi; and connection was made at Eobat with the Central Persian
Hne by a wire added to the Indian line from Nok Kondi to Eobat. The line trom
Panjgur ^to Nok Kondi was completed on the 4th November 1907, and through
n QAfF^k* 0 ^ or king between Tehran and Karachi was established on the 5th November

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This volume is Volume I, Part II (Historical) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part II contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914, 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (pags v-viii), and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (ix-cxxx). These are also found in Volume I, Part IA of the Gazetteer (IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1).

Part II consists of three chapters:

  • 'Chapter X. History of ’Arabistān' (pages 1625-1775);
  • 'Chapter XI. History of the Persian Coast and Islands' (pages 1776-2149);
  • 'Chapter XII. History of Persian Makrān' (pages 2150-2203).

The chapters are followed by nineteen appendices:

Extent and format
1 volume (1165 pages)

Volume I, Part II is arranged into chapters that are sub-divided into numbered periods covering, for example, the reign of a ruler or regime of a Viceroy, or are arbitrarily based on outstanding land-marks in the history of the region. Each period has been sub-divided into subject headings, each of which has been lettered. The appendices are sub-divided into lettered subject headings and also contain numbered annexures, as well as charts. Both the chapters and appendices have further subject headings that appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally througout the volume at the bottom of the page which provide further details and references. A 'Detailed Table of Contents' for Part II and the Appendices is on pages cii-cxxx.

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The foliation sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 879, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 1503.

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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2434] (951/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 5 December 2023]

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