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'File 10/1 II Bahrain Oil Concession' [‎55r] (124/495)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (246 folios). It was created in 1 Feb 1933-23 Jun 1933. 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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Shaiim Abauliah om Isa A1 Knaiiiah came see iiie on
tne morning of me oin Marcn Iv'SJana we laiicea,among oxner
imngs,about the possioie profit from oil as ueipmg tne
position of tne poor in Bahrain. I said tnat we were not .yet
sure tnat tnere was oil in large quantities out tnat one nopea
tnat it would turn out to oe so. I said tnat if a oig oil
lield should spring up it would oe very necessary to improve
the administration and strengtnen trie police,and so on,and
suggested tnat ne and Shaikh Hamad should consider wnetner
it would not be wise definitely to divide tne royalty of Rs.b/d/
a ton,jatte ui tne Shaiith and tne Al Khalifah and one lor tne
improvement of tne administration. He was not going to commit
himself,but,I tnimt,accepted tne principle generally. He will
doubtless mink about it m any case.
2. In tne oourse of the taljs.,ne mentioned tnat one important
tning was tnat if an oil field uid come,tne oil town snouid not
oe xocated too near Manamah. He said mat if mere was a xong
distance oetween me two and people could umy come oy motor
cars and lorries tnere would oe little trouble oetween the
oil people and the town people. He said mat if it was nearer
all sorts of umiculties might arise. It will ue necessary to
put this point to tne Oil Company,though it is possible mat
mey themselves will wish to locate tneir oil town as far as j
possible from Manamah.

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The volume contains telegrams and correspondence exchanged between Major Frank Holmes, Chief Local Representative of the Bahrein Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO), the Colonial Office, 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 and 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. . Most correspondence is about the discovery of oil in well number 2, the negotiations for the oil concession and the method for measuring oil for royalty purposes.

The volume also contains some documents in Arabic: several letters from the Sheikh of Bahrain Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifah and an indenture between BAPCO and the Sheikh (folios 19-21).

There are file notes at the end of the volume (folios 229-236).

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1 volume (246 folios)

There are file notes at the end of the volume (folios 229-236). The notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the volume; they give brief description of correspondence with a reference number which refers back to that correspondence in the file.

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There are two foliation sequences. The most complete sequence is encircled, in pencil, at the top of each folio. It begins on the second folio, on number 2, then it continues with 2A, 2B; 3-122; 123, 123A, and runs through to 242, which is the last number given, on the back cover of the volume. Another sequence, which is incomplete, is written in pencil, in the top right corner.

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'File 10/1 II Bahrain Oil Concession' [‎55r] (124/495), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/389, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2019]

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