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'File 8/9 Bahrain Government Annual Report' [‎112r] (228/298)

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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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and unless the crop is severely damaged by locusts there should
be double the amount of dates in 1350 than there were in 1349.
The present local consumption of dates exceeds the amount that
are grown in iSa-hiodn so tne industry is one to be encouraged
IHCRiiJhliij Ox 1 oUjiIi/n'l'Ivni. dince it has been possible to obtain
water by boring artesian wells, in certain parts of Bahrain,
the area under cultivation has increased. Several local mer
chants and some members of the Ruling family have acquired
ground or used ground which they previously owned and by sinking
wells they have been able to increase their date gardens.
H. n. Shaikh Earned recently obtained a very large supply of
water by boring a well at Seddad, on the coast west of Manamah.
A considerable area of ground has been planted by him with date
trees and lucfrne but a great deal of water is still running- to
wasoe into the sea. .about 4500 young date trees, for planting,
were imported into Bahrain during the first 9 months of 1349
and also a selection of other fruit trees which were purchased
by private owners.
ihe goverrment endeavoured to buy several hundred trees
from nustum farm, Baghdad, but unfortunately they no longer
supply them and so far none have been obtained.
SElilili GARDES' H. E. Shaikh Earned has arranged for one of
his finest gardens, which contains over 2000 date trees and which
is conveniently situated close to the town of Manamah, to be
managed by Mr. Said Abdul Nour.
Experiments are being carried out in pruning and manuring on
tae lines followed in Iraq, and other countries..
The manuring of date trees is a thing unknown in Bahrain and
the local cultivators regard the experiment with much suspicion.
They are aggressively conservative and dislike innovations which
fl&y entail in the future an increase of work.
file system is that of trenches round the base of the trees
waicn are filled with rich old manure. It is hoped that sue-

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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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