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'File 8/8 IV Annual Administration Report for 1945' [‎32r] (63/280)

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The record is made up of 1 file (138 folios). It was created in 3 Jan 1946-9 Mar 1946. 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 Killer of ^atar is His Excellency Shaikh Abdullah bin
^asir al-Thani, C.I.n., and he is about 74 years old. As he is
too old, trie ail airs are run by his second son and heir-presurntive
Shaikh Hamad bin Abdulla, who is about 40 years old. The latter
is in charge oi his lather’s seal and he seals all letters or
documents issued in the name of the Ruler.
Local affairs .
me above Shaikh Hamad bin Abdulla comes dov/n to Hoha daily
to deal with the important aifairs, but the minor cases are handled
by one Hamrnam, ola loyal slave of the Ruler and amir of doha. lost
of such cases are sent to the Qadhi Court to deal with in accordance
with the Islamic laws.
Revenues .
The Shaikh's revenues are mainly from the subsidy given by
the Petroleum Concessions (^atar) Limited and the Customs duty
collected on the imports and exports which is 74 on barley and
wheat, and 54^/and 24 demorrage tax on other goods.
Education .
There are about 8 koranic small school for teaching Koran,
simple arethmetic and Arabi writing. The total number of boys is
about 3C0. as the inhabitants of ^atar are old typed people, they
have no schools for girls.
Pearling Industry .
There is a pearling fleet of about 70 small boats with a total
number oi about 1500 persons. Most of the sailors come to Dohah
from the hinterland and Persia, during the pearling season. Although
tne produce was little, tut still the prices are high and encour
aging.

Shipping- .
No steamers call at Joha. Only "Khu z istan" of the anglo-
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Iranian Oil Company makes periodical visits to supply ^atar with
kerosene oil and petrol.
Ofricial visits .
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Joha was twice visited by the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in 1945 - the
first was made by Mr.C.J.Pally in the Petroleum Concessions Limited'
launch 'Ghazal" and the second made by Lt.Col.A.C.Galloway, o.i.s

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The file contains correspondence relating to the collation and submission of the 1945 Administration Report of the Bahrain Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , as well as the reports themselves.

The correspondence is between the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. and representatives of institutions that provide reports and statistics for the annual report. These include: Medical Department of the Government of Bahrain; Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department; American Mission Hospital; Eastern Bank Limited; Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO); Customs Department of the Government of Bahrain; Cable and Wireless Limited; Victoria Memorial Hospital; British Overseas Airways Corporation; Petroleum Concessions Limited; Adviser to the Government of Bahrain (Sir Charles Belgrave); Imperial Bank of Iran; and Gray, Mackenzie & Co Limited. The Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. report (folios 98-105) is submitted to the Bahrain Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. by the Political Officer at Sharjah. Both final reports are then submitted by the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain to the Political Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Bushire.

The final report (folios 111-135), which includes the final version of the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. Report, is made up of numbered sections, as follows: 1. Officers; 2. Bahrain Government Officials; 3. The Al Khalifah Family; 4. Bahrain Police; 5. Agriculture; 6. Municipalities; 7. Public Works; 8. Electricity Department; 9. Telephone Department; 10. Pearl Industry; 11. Customs; 12. Food Control; 13. Shipping; 14. Accidents within Port Limits; 15. Medical (General); 16. The Post Office; 17. Administration of Justice; 18. Education; 19. The Bahrain Petroleum Company; 20. Visits of Foreign Notables; 21. Local Affairs; 22. The Weather; 23. Economic; 24. Cable & Wireless Limited; 25. British Overseas Airways Corporation; 26. Petroleum Concessions Limited; 27. The Royal Air Force; 28. American Consulate; 29. Qatar; 30. Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. . Some sections are further divided into parts assigned either a lower case Roman numeral (iv, for example) or a lower case letter of the alphabet (d, for example). Several of these parts also come under a sub-heading.

Folios 137-139 are internal office notes.

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1 file (138 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover and terminates at the inside back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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