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'File 8/9 Bahrain Government Annual Report' [‎63r] (130/298)

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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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knowing noiliing wh.&’tovGP oboui klGcriciijy or onginosi’ing
myself. Am ter some slight modifioations were made in the
contract 1 brought it back to Bahrain at the end of the summer
engineers to examine the place, and during his visit the tender
w'cio definitely accepted oy the Government of Bahrain, subject
House depending on the nature of the soil on the site.
The tender was for £ £0,607/17/8. It included Power
House, plant, consisting of two three cylinder Mirrless—Diesel
switch gear, high tension feeders, three sub-stations, Kiosks,
low ana high tension overhead and underground distributions,
etc. etc.
In August, 1939 the first instalemnt of the contract Jfl
?/as paid, being one tenth of the total.
In Sepetember, 1929 Mr. Jordan of Callender’s, arrived
as their iiesidentt engineer with some of his workmen, others
arrived later. The site of the Power House, which had not |
been definitely settled, was finally fixed. The change of
site necessitated a change in the lay out which cost an additional
al £ 79/-. I
Aoon after the arrival of the engineer the Electric schemej|
was again discussed in the Municipality Council and it was
agreed that they should contribute 20^ of the capital cost of
the scheme. The rate/to be at As..8/- per unit for lighting
and As. 4/~ per unit for Power, subject t<b further reduction
isould the profits alio?/ it.
The building of the Power House was started soon after
the engineer’s arrival.
connection with the scheme had arrived and the second instalmentJ
After estimates had been submitted it was decided that all
-^n tne spring of 1929 Cal 1 eneder f s sent another of thei]
to a slight MMMIM revision in cost of building the Power
oil engines of 150 B. H. P. each, auxiliaries, alternators,
In December, 1929 the entire material and machinery in
80^ of the whole, was paid.
interior v/iring and fitting in Government premises should be

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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)

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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