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'File 8/9 Bahrain Government Annual Report' [‎43r] (90/298)

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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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neighbour's wife, with whom he had an intrigue. He was
sentenced to death and excuted by shooting.
Liquor Cases.
The importation and consumption of any form of
alcohol is forbidden in Bahrain. Unfortunately during
recent years the illegal manufacture of liquor has increased
very considerably. A number oi rains were made by the
Police during the year and hea-vy sentences were imposed on
consumers and makers oi liquor.
Cultured Pearl Case.
A case which attracted much attention both locally
and outside Bahrain was one in which a local merchant was
convicted of importing two cultured pearls, one of which he
sold knowing it to be cultured. The merchant was a brother-
in-law of Shaikh Mohamed bin Isa, brother of the Euler, and
most unsuitable efforts were made by some 01 his highly
placed relations to prevent a conviction. The case was
brought by the Police and tried in the Bahrain Court. A
committee of experts including the Continental pearl mer
chants, was consulted as to the pearls themselves. The
culprit, Abdulla A1 Zaid, was sentenced to pay a line oi
Rs. 3000/- and forbidden to trade in pearls in Bahrain for
thPee years_, /34^ * /2>SQ.
The imposition of this sentence was greatly
appreciated by the pearling commmnity who realise the
danger to their trade which results from traffic in cultured
pearls.
Siadi Estate Case.
The most important civil case dealt with during the
year was the Siadi Estate Case in which two cousins are the
parties. Property and money exceeding in value seven lacs One lakh is equal to one hundred thousand rupees
of Rupges are involved in theS case which has not yet been
completed. The court fees alone, collected upX till now

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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.

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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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