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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎3r] (5/206)

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The record is made up of 1 file (100 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1948-31 Dec 1948. 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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SECRET.
No. 1 of 1948.
i
BAHRAIN INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY EOR PERIOD
1ST TO 15IH JANUARY
. 1948.
1. MO VEMENTS OF OEEICIALS .
(i) On the 4th the HOn’ble the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency.
in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , accompanied by Mr. C.J. PELLY, O.B.E.,
Political A^enc, Bahrain, left in the L.I. "NGARCHUS" for
Doha, lat&r. They returned to Bahrain on the 6th.
(ii) On the 6th Mr. H.C. BREACH who has been
appointed as Superintendent of British Post Offices in
the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , arrived in Bahrain by air.
(iii) On the 7th MAJOR J.E.H. HUDSON arrived in
Bahrain by air from the United Kingdom and took over as
Assistant 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. . He was accompanied by Mrs.
HUDSON.
(iv) Reference paragraph 275(iii) of Intelligence
Summary No. 74 of 1947.
Mr. G.N. JACKSON, M,B.E., Political Officer,
Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , left Bahrain by R.A.F. 'plane on the loth.
2. VISITORS .
(i) On the 1st Mr. F.H. JOHNSON, Deputy General
Manager of the imperial Bank of\ Iran, Baghdad, accompanied
by Mrs. JOHNSON, arrived in Bahrain by air,, and left on the
8th. They stayed at the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. .
(ii) On the 13th/the Right Honourable Mr. ANTHONY
EDEN, M.C., J.P., arrived in Bahrain by air from Abadan.
He was accompanied by his son NICHOLAS, and COLONEL PALMER.
His Highness the Shaikh of Bahrain gave Mr. EDEN a very
welcome and entertained him to lunch at the Qudhaibiyah
Palace. Mr. EDEN also attended a cocktail party at the
Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. ani dined with the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. .
He and his party left for Riyadh on the 14th in an ARAMCO
aircraft, ananmn^ni nH Tvt QVioilrlo Mmio n -nTT a tt \ rnT'v i
1 arrive
accompanied by Lady UEIGHTMAN, arrived in Bahrain by air from
3. CALLS .
(i)_On New Year's Day His Highness Shaikh Sir SALMAN
BIN HAMAD AL KHALIFAH, K.C.I.E., Ruler ofJ^hrain, accom
panied by his uncles dhaikhs MOHAMMED arfe^BoULLAH BIN ISA
AL KHALIFAH, and other members of the Ruling Family, called
on the Political Agenc at the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. . A guard of honour was
. provided for the Shaikh.
r (^i) 0 n New-Year’s. Day the Hon'ble Lt-Col. Sir RUPERT
HAT, K.C.I.E.. C.S.I., Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gul
gave a large reception for His Highness the Shaikh, members
T
Kuwai t.

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1948. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, the 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. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports are divided into short sections that relate to a particular subject. Contained within the file is intelligence on the following:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters, including the pearling industry;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Oman, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of third parties in the region, such as the Bahrain Petroleum Company, Gray, Mackenzie and Co., and Petroleum Concessions Limited;
  • labour matters, especially strikes and unrest;
  • local reaction to international events such as the end of the British Mandate in Palestine and the death of Mohandas Gandhi;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.

The final page of the final report appears to be missing.

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1 file (100 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 103; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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