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'File 10/1 XI Bahrain Oil Concession' [‎29r] (72/494)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (245 folios). It was created in 24 Dec 1934-8 May 1935. 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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Signing of the Mining Lease by Representatives of The Bahrain
Petroleum Company Limited on the 29th December 19^4.
Before I hand over this fining Lease I should
like to take the opportunity of saying how very much I have
admired the way in which the Company have carried out their
work here. nave had some small personal experience of
engineering in places of this kind and can appreciate the.
organization and skill that has gone to bringing your Field
into being^ and particularly the really magnific|ent
achievement which made it possible for you to despatch your
first shipment in June. Another matter on which, if I iriev
say so, I should like to compliment you is the admirable
bearing of your personnel. It is not always easy in these
countries to work without friction with the local populace
and I warmly acknowledge the care that the Company have
taken in this respect and the excellent relations which they
have maintained with the local people.
I will now hand you the completed Lease' with my
very best wishes, in which I know Mr. Worth joins, for the
continued success of your undertaking.

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The volume contains minutes of meetings at Office of the Secretary of State for India in London, and correspondence and telegrams between 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, 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, the Financial Adviser to the Government in Bahrain, Charles Darlymple Belgrave, and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the Mining Lease and on personnel, infrastructures and facilities of the BAPCO's terminal on Sitra Island.

The volume incluses:

  • mining cease contract signed by the Sheikh of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifah on 29 December 1934 (f. 30);
  • technical drawing of 'Diagram of SITRA TERMINAL TANK LINK-UP' (ff. 58-66A);
  • 'Abstracts of accounts of oil measured during 1934';
  • 'Statement on Royalty due to the Sheikh of Bahrain for the year 1934' (ff. 169-171).

There are letters in Arabic, to and from the Sheikh of Bahrain.

There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 218-234).

Extent and format
1 volume (245 folios)

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 218-234). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The foliation starts on the first page with writing (5th folio) and ends on the last. Numbering is encircled, in pencil in top right corner of recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. .

Written in
English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 10/1 XI Bahrain Oil Concession' [‎29r] (72/494), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/398, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 16 December 2019]

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