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'File 8/9 Bahrain Government Annual Report' [‎52r] (108/298)

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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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Unless tne system of administration is entirely changed
there is a small chance of f the conditions improving. Any
enquiries into Wakf matters are strongly resented by the Kadis
and also by the various Mullahs who are responsible for spending
the money. •
Shia Wakfs,
The organisation of the Shia Wakf Department as an
institution entirely unconnected with the Shia Kadi has been a
surprising success. The Wakfs are managed by a committee of the
leading Baharana from Manamah and the villages under the pres
idency of beyed Ahmed bin Seyed Alawi. The Mujlis has his office
m the Shia School. The members are men with practical knowledge
of agriculture. The Mujlis has hki own account in The Eastern
Bank. All Wakf property/MS registered and leased out by the
Department which collects the rents and distributes payments to
the persons who are appointld/falis. The Department insists on
the production! of receipts for all money spent. Meetings are
hela once a fortnight and all questions which cannot be settled (
by the members are referred to the Kadi.
bach member is responsible for looking after the Wakf
property in his district and for reporting any injury or mis
management by the tenants. In addition to this a sub committee
consisting of three members each working for a specified time,
visited every piece of Wakf property in Bahrain and reported on
them to the Mujlis. Owing to this inspection many of the leases
were revised and many small gardens were entered in the register
which had previously been ommitted.
It has been possible during the year to set aside definite
sums for the repairs of Wakf property, Rs. 6000/- was spent on
work in date gardens which included the planting of a large number
new date trees ana several mosques and Matarns were repaired,
ihe Mujlis decided that for the present none of the innumerable
uinea mooques are to be rebuilt but existing mosques which are in
repairs are to be mepded. The inooe of the Shia Satf Dep-

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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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