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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎6r] (11/206)

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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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The Shaikh of Dubai is reported to have published
an ’Alan prohibiting the import of Venezuelan pearls into
Reference paragraph 288 of intelligence Summary
No. 24 of 1947.
It is Isarnt that C a ble & 'Yireless require
77.71 K. T V. for the Exchange building including the air-
condicloning units which are essential in automatic tele
phone working, and for the new offices and new staff quarters.
The Bahrain Government can now only supply 2C K.'-J.
(i) S.B. YONA, an Iraqi Jew, has been prosecuted by
the State Police for the embezzlement of nearly Rs.4,000/-
of B.O.A.C. money. YONA was a Reception Clerk in the British
Overseas Airways Corporation's Rest House in Manama (Bahrain).
(ii) On the 11th posters urging boycott of Jews, Sikhs,
and Hindus were found displayed in the Manama bazaar. Sikhs
and Hindus were described as "brothers"of jews. The authors
of these posters are suspected to be local Indian Muslims.
(iii) Since the anti-jewish demonstrations reported in
paragraph 262 of intelligence Summary No. 23 of 1947, the
local branch of the Eastern Bank, Limited, is said to be
losing custom because some of its staff are Jews while the
imperial Bank of Iran has been gaining it.
Twenty-nine ships (10 British, 3 American, 7 Pana
manian, 4 Norwegian, 2 Dutch, 1 Swedish, 1 French, and 1 Mexi
can) called at the port of Bahrain during the period under
review. Imports were 1,082 tons of general cargo for Bahrain
and 1,556 tons for transhipment to the mainland. Exports were
303 packages of general cargo and 207,400 tons of petroleum
produc ts.
tempera ture
6. 1.1948.
14. 1. ’48.
Sd./- C.J. PSLLY
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. , Bahrain.

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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)

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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