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'File 8/9 Bahrain Government Annual Report' [‎69v] (143/298)

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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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t© boys fro® the schools when they begin to work as clerks in
Government offices, and they are only too glad ta accept such
employment at this pay. I’he older hays, uhe s©n ©f the ex Kadi,
Shaikh Ja'sim, and Ahmed bin ^usa, were offered Rs 80/- per month.
All the boys refused t© teach unless they were given more than
daubl'e the amounts which were offered, Ahmed bin ^usa saioi that h
he could not agree t® anything less than Rs 250. pier .month. They
argued that as they had given n© undertaking t© do anything i n
return for their education they were net bound t@ work. This,
unfortunately, is true. Finally, after several interviews, the
son of the Kadi, who has several relations in the schools, agreed
to work as a master. Hone of the others h-'v.e accepted the pasts.
"Shaikh Abdulla himself was extremly angry at their attitude and
told them exactly what he thought of them.
' The Sunni Education Committee held a meeting later and were
of the ©pinion that every effort should be made to persuade Ahmed
bin Musa to become a teacher s® they a-reed thct #f t.jie
members should meet him and try to persuade him t© agree, they &
also thought that if necessary his pay should be raised in ©rder
to obtain him for the schools as he is considered to have a
following, of sorts, among the youths and b^*3 Munarrak.
i nuiderstand that the other boys are now forming a club
for the purpose of introducing modern ideas int© Bahrain, the
chief reform is t© be the adoption of European dress.
The amount spent on educating these boys was about Rs 50 ;QQ
and'at prosent I, personally, see very little public advantage
from this very large sum which has been expended.
It is my opinion that the unsuitable attitude of these boys
has been encouraged, perhaps not with any mischievous intention,
by Mr Hakken, of the American Mission in Bahrain who has been
seeing'a great deal of them since they returned and who has
expressed extremly strtag vi«w» oh wnat j*© considers the most
unfair attitude of this Government in not continuing to pay ftr
their eduction at the jumvklcan University of Beyrout.

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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.

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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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