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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎4r] (7/206)

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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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of the Ruling Family, and other leading members of the
British, American, Arab, Persian and Indian communities.
(iii) On the 10th His Excellency Shaikh .ABDULLAH BIN
ISA^AL KHALIFAH, uncle of His Highness, called on 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. . 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. returned the call on
• the 14th at Muharraq.
4. RO YAL NAVY .
On. the 8th Admiral Sir AR CHUR PALLISER. K.C.3.,
D.S.C., Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station, accompanied
by Lady PALLISER, and Miss PALLISER. arrived in Bahrain in
his flag ship H.M.S. "NORFOLK". C a lls were exchanged between
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. , 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. , the Shaikh and
the Commander-in-Chief. The Commander-in-Chief and his
party lunched with 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. on the 8th and dined
with 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. on the 9th, while 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. , 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. , the Adviser, and
others were entertained to dinner on board on the 10th, the
Shaikh ani his relatives to tea on the 11th, and many members
of the British and American communities to cocktails on the
8 th.
5. BAHRAIN PE IROLEUM COMPANY, LIMITED .
Mr. G. ’"IIHERSPOON, Vice-President of the Bahrain
Petroleum Company, who deals with the operations side, arrived
in Bahrain on the 11th January. His visit was mainly to see
how the deep test drilling now in progress is getting on. It
has been estimated .that results will be obtained after two or
three months. The bore is expected to go to about 12,000 feet
and Mr. RUSSELL BROWN, the General Manager of the Company, is
hoping for successful results. Mr. BROWN when he called on
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. on the 11th, told the latter how pleased
he would be if his Company could open a well yielding 50,000
barrels a day although he was not serious in suggesting that
such a very high yield wpuld be obtained. It is understood
that work on the deep test well which has so far been confined
to straightening the hole at a depth of very nearly one mile*
has been successful inasmuch as the former inclination of 4°
has been reduced to l-J- 0 . '
6. DUBAI.
On the 2nd January, Shaikh 3UHAIL BIN BUfl, a
cousin of the Shaikh of Dubai, died in Ajman. Ihe bazaars
of Dubai were closed for three days. The deceased was one
of the members of the Ruling family of Dubai and was expelled
from Dubai after the attempted coup d'etat in 1938. He took
up residence in Ajman.
7 * FUJAIRAH .
On the 29th December Shaikh HUMAID BIN/ABDULLAH,
nephew of the Regent of Kalba, arrived in Sharjah. His visit
to Sharjah was at the invitation of the Shaikh of Sharjah who
secretly sent him a letter and a verbal message through one
ALI BIN HAZIM saying he wanted to see him and make friends with
him. After his arrival HUMAID met the Shaikh of Sharjah several
times but it is not known what passed between them. The Shaikh
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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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