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'Government of Bahrain Annual Report for Year 1356 (March 1937 - February 1938)' [‎75r] (63/76)

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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Bahrain Registered Craft. The local boat-bailding industry is by no means
flourishing, nor likely to be until the pearling industry improves. There is a sliglit
improvement upon the position in 1355, as indicated in the following tables:
Kegistered craft at the end of 1355
Newly built in 1356
American motor-dinghys imported
Foreign launches newly registered
Foreign craft newly registered
New craft fitted with old engine
Launches converted to sail
LESS:
Sold to foreign ports ;
Removed by owner to foreign port
Old craft broken
Lost at sea
New Craft sold to foreign port
all kinds at end of 1356
Totals
Barges. 1
Motor
Craft.
Sailing
Craft.
Total.
7
"3
69
3
13
4
2
1
1,022
10
55
...
1,098
13
13
4
60
1
10
92
2
1,087
2
1,189
10
90
1,089
1,189
1
2
1
34
16
6
1
1
3
57
61
f
9
87
1,032
1,128
10
90
1,089
1,189
The system of issuing free manifests for cargo carried in Native Craft to the
mainland ports of Saudi-Arabia is still maintained ; but the arrangement for recipro
cation does not seem to be so well carried out, and complaints are heard of charges
being levied by local mudirs upon Nukhndhas bearing Bahrain manifests which in
some cases are distinctly unjust. It would be a good thing for mter-Gu f traffic
f the native craft carrying cargo from D'bai, Sharja and Kuweit should also carry
manifests, thus ensuring equality of treatment on the Arabian side of the Gull
Complaints are also heard that the Registration papers of Bahrain craft are
destroyed by Government officials on the Iran side of the ( tiiIi .
* A , 'thin the Port On 6th April 1937 the s.s. " Akagisan Mam " of ftie
Mitsui Line discharged into a native craft three hundred and sixty bags of Oita
Portland Japanese cement. The craft foundered en route to the shore, its contents
r^i^g lost f but the craft was afterwards raised, and did not become a danger to
navigation. There were no casualties.
On 19th December 1937, the Government launch on Quarantine service came
into collision with another motor launch, and was badly damaged. It was towed
ashore for repairs, but there were no casualties.
• • i • * .. p_ rt There has been no improvement in the lighting of the
nort dmln ' the past year, which has never been entirely satisfactory and the
mcreasing traffic demands an improvement, especially on the Manamah side, where
is the best anchorage in Bahrain. The anchorage at Sitrah, while suitable for service

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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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