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'File 8/9 Bahrain Government Annual Report' [‎65r] (134/298)

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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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3tl11 pL ‘ rt 01 tne Government contracts to complete on Callender's
behalf as well as a great deal of wiring for private individuals.
On uy representing tins to Callender's they offered his services
for six months at Rs. 1000/- per month, 222MXMEM and afterwards
if his work for the Company was completed, at Rs. 140f)/- per
raontii. The offer for six months has been accepted, the subs-
Qiisnlj ijUGstiioii is still undsp c oils idsrstion.
fne xower Louse opened and the Supply commenced on
11th May.
Tt is estimated that the ouside cost of running,
including pay of engineer at Es. 1250/- per month, will be
Rs. 31,600/- for the first 12 months. The revenue during the
first 12 months is estimated at the same amount.
It is veiy unfortunate indeed that the first year of
tne elcetric supply should be a year when there seems likely to
be abnormal trade depression in Bahrain, undoubtedly numbers of
people who would ordinarily have installed electricity in their
shops and houses are deterred from doing so by lack of funds.
Up till now about 1200 lights and about 200 fans,
including street lights and Government buildings, have been def
initely oraered or actually installed. I beleive in an ordinary
season perhaps half as many again would have been ordered.
enclosed is the Budget for the electrical supply for the
lirst year but it is inevitably a somewhat problematical estimate
as electricity is an entirely new thing in Bahrain and it is diffi
cult to judge how much will be actually used by the local pop
The Quarantine Gamp which is on the sea shore in the
suburb ox Kozaibiah south east of Manamah town was reported by the
Medical Officer to be unsuitable owing to a number of new houses
having been built in the neighbourhood.
After lengthy negociation the Bahrain Government sold the
camp to the Royal Air Force for the sum of Rs. 13,000/-, which
includes the foreshore between the camp and the sea. The R. A. J.

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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)

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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