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'Government of Bahrain Annual Report for Year 1358 (February1939 - February 1940)' [‎139r] (35/86)

The record is made up of 1 volume (42 folios). It was created in 1940. 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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(b) The State Medical Officer reported experiments made in. introducing
fish into shallow domestic wells and recomended the filling in of large
swamps where vertical drainage had failed. He also proposed that an
anti-larval squad should be organised to clean drains, and distribute
oil and paris green.
(c) Three sub-committees were formed—executive, finance, and propa
ganda committees.
A third meeting of the Anti-Malaria Committee was held on December 14th.
The minutes of the last meeting were approved and the committee considered the
following reports.
(a) The report of the work done by the anti-malaria supervisor and the
two insect collectors.
(b) The report of the State Engineer. The latter stated that No. 1 group
of wells had been linked up and washing places built at
Juma Mosque
Momin Mosque
Hussein Wavi's quarter (under construction)
He stated that steps could now be taken to close all the house wells within a radius
of 600 feet from points A. and B. A discussion followed as to the closing of the
house wells and the disposal of waste water in compounds.
As six weeks had passed since the date of the last meeting it was decided to
include detailed reports on the work of the supervisor and insect collectors in the
report. These are full reports of the work they have done since they came from
India—29th November 1939 to 3rd February 1940. The amount of work accom
plished in two months has been considerable. It resolves itself into five by groups.
A. Breeding gangs. B. Oil and paris green distributors. C. Fish distributors.
D. Garden and compound and house inspection by the insect collectors.
E. Collection of adult mosquitoes. The work affects the whole populations in their
gardens and houses and at last the people are beginning to realise that Malaria is a
preventable disease which can be eradicated if every one will co-operate.
Land Registration Department.
Registrations. The total number of registrations of all kinds carried out during
the year was 573 including 361 sales, 129 titles, 82 gifts and 1 wakf. The revenue
from registrations etc. was Rs. 6,179. Last year 710 properties were registered.
The registration of transfers of immoveable property by sale or by gift is
compulsory but the registration of titles is optional. Since 1343, when this Depart
ment began its work, over eight thousand transactions have been registered.
Iranian Properties. The Land Department dealt with the property of certain
Iranians which was taken over by the Government in accordance with the nationality
and property law, in most cases the properties were resold to Bahrain subjects,
sometimes at a lower price than the purchase price.
Island Beacons. The stone beacons on the reefs and isles surrounding Bahrain
were inspected and, when necessary, repaired. The only one found to be in really
bad condition was the beacon on Qat'at al-Jaradah.
Survey Students. Three young men from Government schools who had
worked for some time in the Land Department were sent to Calcutta to take a
course of survey work etc., with the Indian Government Survey Department. At
the end of the year they were still in India.
Apart from registrations very little survey work has been done during the
year.

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This volume is the Annual Report of the Government of Bahrain for the year 1358 AH (1939-1940) and gives te 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 1359 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 122r, followed by a General Review by Charles Dalrymple Belgrave, dated April 1940 (folio 125r).

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

  • Budget 1358 (folios 126r-127v);
  • Summary of Revenue and Expenditure 1358 (folio 128r);
  • Statetment of Revenue and Expenditure 1358 (folio 128v);
  • Notes on Revenue 1357 (folio 129r);
  • Notes on Expenditure 1357 (folios 129r-130v): Allowances to Ruling Family, Adviserate, Customs Department, Judicial, Awkaf [Awqāf] and Minors Departments, Public Works Department, Land Department, Passport Department, Oil Gauging, Transport Department, Public Health, Education, Municipalities, Agriculture, Departmental expenses, Unforseen, Public Protection, Armaments, Transport, King [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] Ibn Sa'ud's visit, Food Supplies, and Public Works (Manamah-Muharraq Swing Bridge, Hospital Building, Manamah Pier extension, Pier Trolley Lines, Fort, Education Department, Transport Department, Passport Office, Miscellaneous, Mosque at Hawar, Kozabia House, Budeya Garden drainage, Annual Repairs, and Road Repairs);
  • The Pearl Industry (folios 130v-131v): The Pearl Industry and Pearl Propaganda;
  • Police and Public Security (folios 132r-133v): Police Administration (Strength, Recruitment, Routine, Defence Duties, Health of the Police, Infant Welfare Clinic, Mounted Sections, Machine Gun Section and Motor Bicycle Section, Buildings, Promotions and Appointments), Naturs, Traffic Control and Crime;
  • Public Health (folios 133v-139r): Appointment of Staff, The Village Dispensaries, Health (Malaria, Eye disease, Ear diseases, Respiratory disease, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Venereal disease, Small-Pox, Alimentary diseases, Rheumatic disease, and Gynaecological and Obstetrical diseases), Medical examination of school children (Boys' Schools and Girls' Schools), Health of the Police (Infant Welfare Clinic and Prisoners' Health) and Malaria;
  • Land Registration Department (folio 139r): Registrations, Iranian Property, Island Beacons, and Survey Students;
  • Judicial (folio 139v): Bahrain Courts and Bahrain Small Courts;
  • Municipalities (folio 140r): Anti-Malaria Measures, Widening and Constructing town roads, New Road, Water Cart, Road Metalling, Lease of Markets, Swamp Reclamation, and Miscellaneous;
  • Wakf [Waqf] Department (folio 140v): Shia Wakf Department and Sunni Wakf Department;
  • Education (folios 140v-141r): School Reforms and appointment of Director of Education, Technical Schools, and Female Education;
  • Minors Department, (folios 141r-141v);
  • Food Control, report by A C Byard (folios 142r-143v);
  • King Ibn Sa'ud's Visit to Bahrain (folios 143v-145r);
  • Passport Department (folios 145r);
  • Public Works Department (folios 145r-148r): Recurrent Expenditure, Non-Recurrent Expenditure (Manamah Muharraq Causeway and Bridge, Manamah Pier Extension, State Hospital, Fort, Government Schools, Transport Building, Passport Office and Post Office, New entrance and stairs at Manamah Palace, and Hawar Mosque), Works not provided for in 1358 budget (Rifle Range, Jida Island, Idari Spring, Hedd Girls' School and Om Ashaoom Spring);
  • General (folios 148r-148v): New Appointments, Local Newspaper and Cinema, H.H.'s visit to India, Press and Broadcast propaganda, Catholic Church, Government Rest House, Appointment of a Governmental Representative with the Oil Company, and Shaikh Mohomed bin Isa's [Muḥammad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah] visit to New York;
  • Electric Department (folios 148v-150): Electricity Department (Wiring Contracts, Temporary Wiring, Main Extensions, Alteration to Mains, and Air Conditioning), Government Telephone Department, Transport Department, Fire Department, Traffic Section, Government Technical School, New Government Hospital - Naim, Anti Malaria Campaign, Oil Royalty and other gauging, Muharraq Bridge, Financial Position, Electricity Charges, and Prospects for 1359;
  • Profit and Loss Account (folio 151r).
  • Revenue Account (folio 151v);
  • Balance Sheet (folio 152r);
  • Statement of Energy Sold (folio 152v);
  • Customs Department, report by Mr C C L de Grenier, Director of Customs and Port Officer (folios 153rv-159r);
  • Budget 1359 (folios 160r-161r);
  • Notes on Estimated Revenue 1358 (folios 161v);
  • Notes on Estimated Expenditure 1358: (folios 161v-162v).

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

  • Folio 134: 'The Government Hospital, with labels Men’s wing in progress (left) and Women’s wing (right)';
  • Folio 136: 'The Government Hospital: The Women’s Wing from the west';
  • Folio 144: 'H.M. King Ibn Sa’ud inspecting the guard of honour, accompanied by H.H. Shaikh Hamad';
  • Folio 147: 'H.M. King Ibn Sa’ud and H.H. Shaikh Hamad, on the palace’s new flight of steps'.

On the front cover there is an inscription that reads 'Printed at the Times Press, Basrah', as well as a note in pen that reads 'Confidential' (folio 122r).

Extent and format
1 volume (42 folios)
Arrangement

This file contains an index (folio 122r) which references pages of the report.

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Foliation: Folios 122-164.

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English in Latin script
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