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'File 10/10 III Bahrain Additional Area' [‎18r] (35/96)

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The record is made up of 1 file (48 folios). It was created in 20 Nov 1949-5 Sep 1950. 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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traps at the Bainas nor have they removed any of the
guano deposits. The Government gardens at Budeya
and Jida and the Yateem garden at Barhar have been
supplied with manure mainly from the guano of the
Baina islands. In the case of Jida and Budeya, since
the prison was established at Jida in 1940, prisoners,
in charge of police, have "been employed in "bringing
guano to the Government gardens. All this time nohody
from Saudi Arabia has gone to the islands or made any
objection to their use by Bahrain.
5. In 1936 the Bahrain Government erected stone
beacons on all the islands belonging to Bahrain includ
ing the two Baina islands. The beacons were large and
visible from a long distance, they were made of stone
and cement and had numbers painted on them. They were
erected by the Public Works Department.
6. Shaikh Ali bin Khalifah bin Sulman bin Daij
Alkhalifah, a member of the Ruling family, holds a docu
ment, a copy of which, with a translation, is enclosed.
The document which is dated 1296 Hejira, about 73 years
ago, is for the sale of a portion of the sea between
the west coast of Bahrain up to the shore of what is now
Saudi Arabia, opposite the coast of Bahrain. During
his lifetime Shaikh Sulman bin Daij used to let the fish
ing rights in this part of the sea to the Dawasir of
Budeya and to the Bu Palas and Bu Lahej families of
Hedd. The leases were written by Almas A1 Habshi, one
of Shaikh Isa's slaves who dealt with many of Shaikh
Isa's affairs.
Sulman bin Daij died and according to the family
custom, his property reverted to the Ruler. Shaikh
Isa took over the fishing rights but it appears that he

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The file contains correspondence and telegrams between the the Sheikh of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifah, 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 Financial Adviser to the Government in Bahrain, Charles Dalrymple Belgrave and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the claim of the Ruler of Saudi Arabia, Ibn Saud on islands off the Bahrain coast, on which he had erected concrete slabs and bronze plaques.

The file includes letters in Arabic, four photographs representing beacons on the islands (folios 23-24; 34-35) and a map 'Portion of U.S. Hydrographic Map N. 3647 Showing Area Explored by Geological, Geophysical and Structure Drilling Methods. January 4th, 1950' (folio 14).

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1 file (48 folios)

The documents in the file are arranged in chronological order.

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The main foliation is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of each folio. It begins with the front cover of the file, on number 1, and runs through to 48, ending on the inside of the back cover of the file. There are also two other foliation sequences, both incomplete.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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