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'File 8/9 Bahrain Government Annual Report' [‎29r] (62/298)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (145 folios). It was created in 16 Jul 1930-11 Jul 1931. 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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with impunity. When certain irregularities in the accounts
were discovered the Treasurer of the Council resigned. A
regular system of accounts and payments was instituted.
All these changes were very unwelcome to the headmasters
of the schools.
On find Ramadhan, 1348 without any warning, the head
masters of Manamah and Muharrak declared a strike of masters •
and boys. The students were harangued by the two head
masters, the schools were closed and for several days the
boys paraded about the towns making violent speeches in
the bazaars which they admitted afterwards they had been
taught by their masters. The masters took a solemn oath
that they would stand together and several members of the
Council were undoubtedly in favour of the strike
and secretly encouraged it. Attempts were made to per
suade the other schools to join the strike, but without
success.
Shaikh Abdullah immediately sent for the two headmas
ters to call on turn at the Government offices. They
refused to come. Later they sent a long letter making
a number of impossible demands which included requests
that their retention should be guaranteed and that they
should be appointed members of the council. They were
promptly informed in an official letter that until they
returned to their duties none of their demands could be
considered. They refused to go back to work unless every
thing that they asked for was granted. They were both
dismissed, their salaries were paid, and they were sent
back to their homes in the Lebanon, via Muscat, Karachi
and Busrah as there happened at the time to be a boat
in the port on its way down the Gulf.
A proclamation was issued closing the two schools for
ten days. The dismissal of the two masters caused

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The volume contains the annual Government of Bahrain reports for the years AH 1348 and 1349. Both reports include budgets for the upcoming year and are written by the Adviser to the Bahrain Government, Sir Charles Dalrymple Belgrave.

The reports are submitted by Belgrave to 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, Charles Geoffrey Prior, who then forwards them 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. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , at Bushire. The correspondence relating to this process are included in the volume.

The 1348 report (folios 8-68), submitted in July 1930, is divided into sections corresponding to a particular subject, as follows: Budget 1349; Notes on Budget, for 1349; Notes on Revenue for 1348; Notes on Expenditure; Education; Judicial; Public Works; Wakf Departments; Municipalities; General.

The report includes an index (folio 8) which lists the sections in alphabetical order, with reference to page numbers. Most of these page numbers are not present in the document itself.

The 1349 report (folios 76-134), submitted in July 1931, is divided in a similar way, as follows: Budget 1350; Statements of Receipts and Expenditure; Comparative analysis; The Pearl Industry; Police and Public Security; Land Department; Education; Manamah Municipality; Muharrak [Muharraq] Municipality; Agriculture; Quarantine; Electricity; Press Propaganda; General. There is no index.

Folio 69 is a letter from Belgrave to Prior regarding two Bahraini boys educated at the American University of Beyrout [Beirut].

Folios 135-37 are correspondence between Prior and Claud Cranbrook Lewis de Grenier, Director of Customs at Bahrain, regarding a recent drop in trans-shipment duty in Bahrain.

The volume contains the following photographs:

  • Jaffariah School (folio 45);
  • Manamah-Muharrak [Manama-Muharraq] Bridge (two photographs, folio 46);
  • a new "sea road" north of the Customs House (folio 57);
  • a new quarantine site (two photographs, folio 115).

Folio 116 is a blueprint of the new quarantine.

Extent and format
1 volume (145 folios)
Arrangement

The volume is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 147; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 25-70; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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