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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎24v] (48/434)

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The record is made up of 1 file (214 folios). It was created in 31 Aug 1933-20 Mar 1939. It was written in English and French. 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.


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Development Company. Avas first registered in 1928 with a nominal capital of
£82,500, the original directors being Sir Edward Manville (chairman),
Sir Edward Mountain (chairman of the Eagle Star and British Dominions
Insurance Company) (Sir E. Mountain subsequently became chairman of the
British Oil Development Company), the late Admiral Lord Wester Wemyss,
W. R. Brown (representing Lord Inverforth), General Sir A. Mola (Italy), three
representatives of the Italian Azienda Generale Italiana Petroli, and E. C.
Simmons (solicitor). At some stage, but when it actually occurred is not clear
from the information available, German and Franco-Swisa interests were also
The capital in 1931 was stated to be held in the following proportions :—
ti • lT J ?f cember 193 ? a new company was formed, known as “ Mosul Oil-fields
(Limited), ” to acquire the shares in the British Oil Development Company
and to carry on its operations. The company had a nominal capital of £1
millon m £1 shares. In March 1933 the board of this company was re
constructed, and the Foreign Office informed by the company that the directorate
was as follows :—
Viscount Goschen {chairman).
Other British directors (5) : Sir Edward Mountain (deputy chairman)
the late Admiral Lord Wester Wemyss, Lord Glenconner (director
of Hambro’s Bank), W. R. Brown (director of British Union Oil
Company), and Sir Ahvin Dickinson (formerly the represen
tative of the British GoA^ernment on the British Phosphate Com
mission) as managing director.
Italian directors (3) : Professor Alessandro Martelli, Gr. Uff. Arnaldo
Petretti, and Gr. Uff. Vittorio Amoretti (Azienda Generale Italiana
German directors (2) : Herr Thomas BroAvn and Herr M. Hirschfeld.
French director (1) : M. Paul Girod.
Iraq thirtle e n nmeilt direct ° r (1) : Jafar Pasha-el-Askeri, a total of
The company is not known to be at present interested in Saudi Arabia.
A PnnP 6 Anglo-Persian Oil Company (J.P.O.C.).-See at (1) above as to
Th^ A P O ^ m t * he and . the restrictions imposed thereby,
he A.P.O.C. has however, m addition to its main concession in Persia Avhich
I 1 / 1 ® oofn ® onf }f med J ) y a revised agreement Avith the Persian Government dated
the 29th April, 1933, a separate interest also in Iraq, where, through its sub-
rn lf ia T ’ , tlie M Klia ? 1( l m 0l1 Company, it has a concession in the “ Transferred
Territories M under agreements Avith the Iraq Government on the 30th AmW
1925, and the 24th May, 1926. It also ha s freedom of action in Koweit Xe
it is competmsr for a concession with the Eastern and General Sv^dicX
representing the Gulf Oil Corporation. general Syndicate,
• 1 4) E k astern T d Gen e ra * Syndicate. —This is a British comnanv
registered in August 1920 with a nominal capital of £125,300. The chairman
and managing director is E- W Jansen, and the other directors are F W
Gamble. H. T. Adams and P. C. Tarbutt. It has, at various times aconired
concessions in Bahrein and Arabia, but has never carried out anv realty ef£c
five work its sole object being apparently to obtain concessions and traffic^
them to other parties. The company at one time apnroached the -
without success, and in 1927 and 1929 transferred^rfutrests to tb
Gulf Oil Corporation of IT. S. A. [see under (5 below)] Its Lctl ^1? T”
tive is Major F. Holmes. ;J ' lts lo cal represents-

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The file contains the Foreign Office confidential prints of the Arabia Series for the years 1933 to 1938. It includes correspondence, memoranda, and extracts from newspapers. The correspondence is principally between the British Legation in Jedda and the Foreign Office. Other correspondents include British diplomatic, political, and military offices, foreign diplomats, heads of state, tribal leaders, corporations, and individuals in the Middle East region.

Each annual series is composed of several numbered serials that are often connected to a particular subject. The file covers many subjects related to the affairs of Saudi Arabia.

Included in the file are the following:

  • a memorandum on Arab Unity produced by the Foreign Office dated 12 June 1933 (author unknown), folios 11-13;
  • a memorandum on petroleum in Arabia produced by the Petroleum Department dated 5 August 1933 (author unknown), folios 23-26;
  • a record of interviews with Ibn Sa‘ūd, King of Saudi Arabia, conducted by Reader Bullard and George William Rendel between 20 and 22 March 1937;
  • a memorandum on Yemen by Captain B W Seager, the Frontier Officer, dated 20 July 1937;
  • several records of proceedings of ships on patrol in the Red Sea, including that of HMS Penzance , Hastings , Colombo , Bideford , and Londonderry .

Folios 213-15 are internal office notes.

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1 file (214 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 217; 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 also present in parallel between ff 2-215; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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