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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎7r] (13/206)

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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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BAHRAIN INfBLLIGENCS SUMMARY FOR PERIOD
16TH TO 31ST JANUARY, 1948.
15. MOVEMENTS OF OFFICIALS .
(i) On the Else Mr. HAROLD CACGIA, C.M.G., of the
Foreign Office, accompanied by SIR ANDREE NOBLE BART, C.K.G.,
a Foreign Service Inspector, and MISS IBSON, a lady secretary,
arrived in Bahrain by air from che United Kingdom. On the 25th
they visiced Kuwait returning to Bahrain on the 27th. On the
30th the party left by air for Burma.
(ii) On the 21st His Excellency Dr. H.H. DINGEMANS,
Netherlands Minister to Saudi Arabia, arrived in Bahrain by
launch from Dhahran. He called on the Uon’ble the Political
Resident and 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. , and was taken by the polit
ical Agent to call on His Highness Shaikh SALMAN with whom he
had a long conversation in excellent Arabic. Later, he made
inquiries in che town about its trade with Holland. Arrange
ments for the visit were made by the American Consul at Dhahran.
(iii) On the 24th Mr* ROSS, First Secretary to the British
Embassy, Tehran, arrived from Kuwait in H.M.S. ,n:r REN M . On the
27th he left Bahrain for Habbaniyah by R.A.F. 'plane en rouce to
Tehran.
(iv) On the 26th 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. left Bahrain for Ras
Tanura by Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. launch. He joined H.M.S. "NORFOLK" at the
invitation of His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief, East indies,
and went in her to Sharjah.
(v) On the 30th 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. left
Bahrain by air for Basra. On the 31st he returned to Bahrain
accompanied by Lady HAY who had arrived at Basra by air from the
United Kingdom.
16. VISITORS .
(i) On the 17th Lt-Col. H.R.P. DICKSON, Chief Local
Representative of the Kuwait Oil Company, and Mrs. DICKSON
arrived in Bahrain. They 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. .
(ii) On the 21st Major General H.C. SMITH, Difector-
General, Iraqi ;State Railways, arrived from Baghdad and
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. .
(iii) On the 24th SAYID JAMAL HUSAINI- Chairman of the
Arab High Committee for Palestine, arrived from Iraq in an
Iraqi civilian aircraft and left the next day by a Saudi
’plane for Riyadh. T "hile here he called on His Highness the
Ruler and Shaikhs MOHAMMED and ABDULLAH BIN ISA, the two
uncles of His Highness. He also visited one of the leading
Arab restaurants where he met and spoke to a large gathering.
He assured his audience that there would never be a home for
Jews in the Arab world and speaking of the needs of the Pales
tine Arabs said that their need was for guns and guns alone.
On the 25th the Bahrain Club of T Tuharraq, the largest Arab Club
in the island, sent an invitation to SAYID JAMAL to return to
Bahrain and preside at a meeting they proposed to hold to rais^
funds for Palestine. It is not known, however, whether SAYID
JAMAL will be able to visit Bahrain again in the near future.
/17. CALLS.

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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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