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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎26r] (51/206)

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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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No , 6 of 1948 .
BAHRAIN INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY FOR THE PERIOD
1ST TO 15TH APRIL, 1948.
79. MOVEMENTS OF OFFICIALS .
/' . On the 26th March Air Marshall Sir W.F.Dickson, K.B.E.,
C.B., D.S.O., D.F.C., Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, MED/ME,
arrived at Sharjah and left next day. The Political Officer
Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , met him at the aerodrome and entertained him at
the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. . \
(ii) ^ Reference para 66(iii) of Intelligence Summary No. 5.
Mr. Jackson left Bahrain for Sharjah in s.s.Bamora on
the 4th.
(iii) On the 4th Mr. P.D. Stobart left Bahrain in s.s. Bamora
for Muscat where he is to officiate as H.B.M's Consul & Political
Agent, Muscat.
(iv) Reference para 66(iv) of Intelligence Summary No. 5,
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. returned to Bahrain in
H.M.S, "WREN" on the 10th.
SO. VISITORS
During the period under report two students of Arabic,
S/L Codrai and Mr. Hilton, andofficer of the Foreign Service,
visited Bahrain and Sharjah.
81.
(i)
PETROLEUM_DEVELOPMENT (t rucial coast), limited .
Reference para 70(iii) of Intelligence Summary No. 5.
The Geophysical Party's survey of Dubai and Abu Dhabi
territory is nearing completion. They had hoped to survey next
parts of Ras al Khaimah territory but Saqr bin Mohammed, the de •
facto ruler of Ras al Khaimah (see para 36 of Intelligence
Summary No. 3 and para 50 of Intelligence Summary No. 4), has
not yet consolidated his authority over the tribes inhabiting
the areas in which the Company are interested and is awaiting
recognition by H.M.G. before doing so. In the circumstances the
Company have decided to postpone their survey of Ras al Khaimah
territory.
Captain Holden of the Company’s Marine Department has been
S+f i’veying the Dubai Creek and the coastal line up to Bandar Hisyan
_to select a point for unloading the Company’s heavy equipment.
The Umm al Qaiwain Creek was also examined, and a land survey is
being carried out for the same purpose.
82 • THE_ BAHRAIN PETRO LEUM COMPAN Y. LIMITED .
Mr Russell M. Brown, General Manager and Chief Local
Representative of the Bahrain Petroleum Company, will leave
Bahrain at the end of April on a monthls visit to India. On
his return he hopes to proceed to the United States on a short
visit. The Company has asked that in his absence the Assistant
to the General Manager, Mr. B.Crow, may be empowered to sign and
and act as Chief Local Representative for Mr. Brown.
'83.
PEARLS.
His Highness Shaikh Salman has received a telegram from
an Arab merchant in India stating that the latter had seen the
Ipdian Commerce Minister and had' received an assurance that all
restrictions on the import of Gulf pearls into India had been
removed

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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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