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'Government of Bahrain Annual Report for Year 1358 (February1939 - February 1940)' [‎146v] (50/86)

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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A kitchen, large enough for the needs of the Police and a mess hall and a
canteen were built inside the Fort. Previously the men had no proper place in
which to eat their meals and it was impossible to prevent food being left lying about
in the barrack rooms.
The parade ground was enclosed by a strong wire fence which was purchased
from the Bahrain Petroleum Company. Only a small portion of the old walls of
the fort now remains. The building has been so much enlarged, heightened and
strengthened that its original occupants would hardly recognise it.
E. Government Schools. The Technical School was enlarged by the addition
of another room at the west end of the building and a walled yard was added.
Various alterations were made in the Manamah Boys' School, including the
addition of two new rooms on each side of the main entrance. Classrooms were
whitewashed and ceilings were painted white, and a number of new windows were
put into existing classrooms.
The proposed school at Xaim was not proceeded with. The religious school
continues to function in a hired building.
F. Transport Building. Two large new garages were built on the north of
the existing building. There is now accomodation for 6 cars and lorries. A ramp
was constructed outside the garage on which cars can be examined. IVo small
flats were constructed above the garages, each containing two rooms and bathroom
and kitchen, for the accomodation of garage and power house staff.
G. Passport Office and Post Office. A new Passport Office consisting of one
large oftce 24 x 24 feet, a small office, record room and verandah was built on to the
western end of the Custom House. The Passport Office resembles the Custom
House in style of architecture and it has improved the appearance of the Customs
T he old Passport Office and former Police Station, with the lar^e room on
the first floor, was converted into a Post Office. The ground floor rooms are used
for postal purposes and the first floor was made into living quarters for the Post-
master 'Vht new building provides ample space for the postal work and is centrally
situated. Ihe Government telephone exchange is in the same building on the first
floor. It was enlarged and provided with a separate staircase.
H. Manamah Palace, New entrance stairs. (See illustration, Opposite).
A handsome flight of stone steps leading from the ground to the central
archway of the first floor verandah was built at the Palace. The steps are tiled
with locally-made tiles and have carved teakwood railings. A steel expanding
door was fitted into the archway and the second staircase was fitted with a wooden door
so that the whole first floor can be locked. The steps have greatly improved
the appearance of the building and have made it possible for visitors to make a
dignified entry without any danger of hitting their heads on the cross bar This
frequently happened on the old staircase.
Hawar Mosque. A small mosque was built in the northern village at Hawar
Island. 11 is used by the local Arabs and the garrison of the Fort. Some altera
tions were made to the Fort and a verandah was built outside the barrack room
in the courtyard.
3. Works not provided for in 1358 budget.
A. Rifle Range. The existing rifle range, which is close to the Fort was
found unsuitable for w T ork with the new Vickers Berthier machine-^uns. This
range iias gardens on each side and faces an inlet of the sea where boats' frequently
pass- On the recomrnendation of the special officer who assisted in training the
hrst Macbine-Gun Section a new rifle range was built near the old road leadinc to
bakhir, about ten miles from Manamah. It appeared that this was the nearest
suitable place J he rif1e range '3 m a valley surrounded by high ground and there
is a cliff behind the butts. A range of 900 yards was obtained over flat ground

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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)

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

Physical characteristics

Foliation: Folios 122-164.

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English in Latin script
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