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'Government of Bahrain Annual Report for Year 1356 (March 1937 - February 1938)' [‎79v] (72/76)

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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The length of the pier extension will be approximately 1,200 feet and the width
50 feet with a platform at the end measuring SO'xlSO'.
5. Passport Office. Bs. 8,000. Negotiations are in progress for leasing the
old Police Station building, which contains the Passport Department, to the Indian
Posts and Telegraph Department. If this arrangement is effected a Passport Office
will be built in the neighbourhood of the Customs House. Accommodation will be
required for several clerks and for records.
6. Quarters. Rs. 25,000. At present many of the clerical staff who are
entitled to quarters are housed in rented buildings in the town. Provision has been
made for building some quarters for Asiatic employees.
7. Manama-Muharraq Causeway Extension. Ps. 50,000. I ntil a report has
been made on this work by the Consulting Engineer, who is expected in October, it
is not possible to estimate for any definite work. A provisional sum of Rs. 50,000 has
been set aside for completing the parapet and for any construction work which may
be commenced in the third quarter of the year.
8. Police Quarters. Rs. 20,000. Twelve new houses for married men are to
be built in the Police married lines. Each house will consist of two little rooms and
a compound.
9. Water Tower, Fort. Rs. 3,500. A water tower similar to the one erected
by the Bahrain Government at Jufair, is to be built at the Fort in order to create an
adequate water supply and a system of sanitation, which is at present non-existent
and badly needed.
10. Muharraq Sea Road Extension. Rs. 40,000. A special grant is to be
made to the Muharraq Municipality for the specific purpose of extending the existing
sea road on the north. If this is done traffic between the pier and the aerodrome
and the town of Hedd and numerous villages on Muharraq island will not have to
pass through the narrow twisting streets of Muharraq town.
11. Quarantine Repairs. Rs. 7,500. The Quarantine buildings are to be
repaired and improved, the pier is to be mended.
12. Fort Wall and Tower. Rs. 25,000. The north east tower of the fort,
now a complete ruin, is to be rebuilt to match the north west tower and the eastern
wall and portions of the southern walls are to be restored. The new tower will be
used as a prison for women.
13. Completion of Muharraq Girls' School. Rs. 5,000. This includes completing
the new school and repairs to the adjacent house which is to be occupied by the
teaching staff.
14. Completion of Hawar Fort. Rs. 3,000. This includes cost of constructing
pier at Hawar.
15. Completion of Law Courts. Rs. 6,000. This includes outstanding bills
and cost of fittings.
B. New Works—Minor.
1. Stores Shed. Rs. 3,000. The Government has no Public Works Depart
ment buildings; and in the past cement, wood and other building material has been
stored in the Customs House, which was found unsatisfactory. A Public Works
Department shed is to be built near the Public Works Department office behind the
2. Manama Boys' School Wall. Rs. 1,500. The playing grounds of the
ibys' School are to be enclosed by a wall along the road and a fence on three other
sides. The wall will improve the appearance of the school and will restrain the
boys from using the road as a playground which is dangerous owing to motors, it will
also prevent cars from driving across the playground.
3. Country Schools. Rs. 6,000. Provision has been made for three new small
country schools similar to those at Budeya and Sitrah.

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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)

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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