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'Government of Bahrain Annual Report for Year 1356 (March 1937 - February 1938)' [‎53v] (20/76)

The record is made up of 1 volume (37 folios). It was created in 1938. It was written in English. 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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All standiug water in the neighbourhood of the town is regularly sprayed by
the municipal authorities to prevent breeding of mosquitoes and instruction about
causes of malaria is given in the Government schools.
Copies of pamphlets issued by the Health Department in Iraq were circulated
among the public in Bahrain.
The Municipality continued the work of filling in the low lying ground on the
south of the town which becomes water logged for many months during the year.
Government Hospital.
Plans for the dispensary and outpatients building were completed before the
end of the year and work on the foundations was commenced. The hospital is in
the Naim quarter on the western edge of Manama on the shore near the boat
building yards. The outpatients building is on land which is being reclaimed from
the sea, the main hospital building is on the shore immediately south of the out •
patients building and between the two there is a road.
Land Registration Department.
Registration of Sales, Gifts, and Title®. The total number of transactions re
gistered during the year was 516 including 351 sales, 133 titles and 32 gifts.
Registration fees amounted to approximately Rs. 5,000.
Thirty five properties were put in auction through the Land Department by
orders of Courts.
Revenue from Sales etc. Collections of ground rents amounted to Rs. 2,001.
Sales of Government land amounted to Rs. 1,788, these sales were mostly
small building plots in Manama town or pieces of ground adjacent to houses.
Revenue from sale of Government forms was Rs. 2,175 and from fish traps
registration Rs. 155.
The staff of the Land Department was during most of the year occupied
with Public Works as well as land work and no new survey work was carried out.
Now that the two departments have been separated the Land Department
will be able to concentrate on survey work.
Programme for 1357.
In the departmental programme for the new year the following items are
included:—
1. Revision of Manama town map. This map was made over ten years ago
and is out of date. It is proposed to make detailed maps of each section of the town.
2. Revision and new survey of Ghosaibia. Roads have been made and many
new houses have been built in this suburb and the existing maps are inadequate.
3. Survey of West Rafa. This town, which is about the fourth largest in
Bahrain, has not yet been surveyed. Eastern Rafa map is to be brought up to
date. It was surveyed about ten years ago and has developed greatly since then.
4. Survey of Shahrakan, Darkilaib, Jezirah, Nebi Saleh and Sitrah. These
villages and islands have not yet been surveyed.
It is intended that eventually the surveys of villages and cultivated areas shall
be incorporated into one large map and that the aerial mosaic, made by the Royal
Air Force a few years ago, shall be utilised for this purpose.

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This volume is the Annual Report of the Government of Bahrain for the year 1356 AH (1937-1938) and gives details of the Revenue and Expenditure of the Bahrain State and contains notes on the activities of the various Government departments, as well as the budget for the year 1357 and some particulars of importance which took place in Bahrain during the year. It includes text, photographic images and tables. The report appears to be compiled from reports from various Government departments and officials. An index appears on folio 46r, followed by a General Review by Charles Dalrymple Belgrave, Adviser to the State of Bahrain (folio 47r).

The contents are divided into the following sections and sub-sections:

  • Budget – 1356 (folio 47v);
  • Summary of Revenue and Expenditure, 1356 (folio 48r);
  • Detailed statement of Revenue and Expenditure, 1356 (folio 48v);
  • Statement of Expenditure on Public Works and Special Projects (folio 49r);
  • Notes on Revenue – 1356 (folio 49v): Oil Royalty, Customs Receipts, Rent of Aerodrome, Passport Fees, Land Registration Fees, Motor Car Taxes, Rent of Government Lands, Interest on Reserves, and Oil Gauging Fees;
  • Notes on Expenditure – 1356 (folios 49v-50v): Allowances to the Ruling Family, State Protection, Customs Department, Secretariat, Judicial Department, Land and Public Works Department, Passport Department, Education Department, Municipalities, Medical, Contingencies, Upkeep of buildings, Upkeep and construction of roads, and Unforeseen;
  • Statement of Expenditure on Public Works and Special Projects (folio 50v): Hospital, Fire Engine, New Palace, Law Courts, Agriculture, Water Cart, and Manama-Muharraq Bridge;
  • Pearl Industry (folios 51)
  • Police and Public Security (folios 51v-53r): Strength, Routine and duties, Police Buildings, Recruitment, Health, Police Families' Clinic, Police Band and Fire Bridgade, Registration of Arms and Ammunition, Mounted Section, Good Conduct Pay, Crime, Traffic Control, Liquor, and Persian Immigration;
  • Public Health (folio 53): Muharraq Dispensary, Suk al Khamis [Sūq al-Khamīs] Dispensary, Hedd [al-Ḥidd] Dispensary, Women's Clinic, Anti-Malaria Measures, and Government Hospital;
  • Land Registration Department (folio 53v): Registration of Sales, Gifts, and Titles, Revenue from Sales etc., and Programme for 1357;
  • Public Works (folios 54-57v): Administration, Roads and Buildings, Law Courts, Work-shop and Garages, Rest House and Police Station, Manama Fort, Manama Muharraq Road, Hawar Fort and Pier, Government Hospital, Muharraq Girls' School, Manama Market Buildings, and Roads;
  • Judicial Department (folios 57v-60r): Bahrain Court, Transfer of Magistrates, Bahrain Lower Court, New Regulations, Shera Court, Code of Laws, and New Law Courts;
  • Municipalities (folios 60r-61v): Manama (Election, Municipal Achievements, Road Improvements, Water Control, Bazaar Improvements, Anti-Malaria Measures, Slaughter House, Adari Spring [‘Ayn ‘Adhārī], and Pier) and Muharraq (Sea Reclamation, Roads, and Anti-Malaria Measures);
  • Wakf [Waqf] Department (folios 61v-62r);
  • Education (folio 62r): Progress, Technical School, Athletics, Students Abroad, and Girls' Schools;
  • General (folios 62v-65r): Annual Audit, New Staff, His Highness' Pilgrimage [hajj], Visit of His Royal Highness Amir Saoud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd, Ibn Saud], Cinema, Juma Mosque, Nationality Law, Bus Service, Broadcasting, Press Propaganda, Government Rest House, and Private Building Enterprise;
  • Electric Supply Department, report by Mr W B Steele, State Engineer (folios 65r-69r): Wiring Contracts, Temporary Wiring, Main Extension, Alterations to Mains, New Generating Set, Financial Position, Telephone Department, Transport Department, Fire Department, Traffic Section, Municipal Ice Plant, School Engineering Workshop, and General;
  • Electric Returns: Profit and Loss Account, Revenue Account, Balance Sheet (folios 69v-70v);
  • Statement of Energy generated and sold, etc. (folio 71r);
  • Customs Department, report for the year 1356 by the Director of Customs Mr C C L de Grenier (folios 71v-76r);
  • Zubara Dispute (folio 76r);
  • Budget – 1357 (Feby. 1938-Feby. 1939) (folio 77);
  • Notes on Budget – 1357 (folios 78-80).

Illustrations appear on four folios and they are labelled as follows:

  • Folio 56: 'Hawar Fort' and 'Hawar Pier';
  • Folio 59: 'Law Courts. North Aspect' and 'Law Courts. South Aspects';
  • Folio 64: 'Muharraq Girl’s School' and 'Northern Village and Bay, Hawar';
  • Folio 68: 'Law Courts, open courtyard and platform' and 'Open Courtyard in the Law Courts'.

An inscription on the front cover reads 'Printed at the Times Press, Basrah' (folio 44r).

Extent and format
1 volume (37 folios)
Arrangement

There is an index (folio 46r) which references pages in the report.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: Folios 44-81.

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English in Latin script
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