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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎31r] (61/206)

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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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101. AID FOR Pj.LiiISTTMk
h pro P^? ®? h , rai ? Government, 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 Managers of
Bj.lCO, Petroleum Goncessions Limited, Cable & V<ireless, and other
aM?ai?n? m f^ e ^ i r d K 1 ^ ttGI ‘ S fr0m th ’' Bahrain Palestine lilcoMtee
to^c^ron^n^or contributions to tne Palestine Fund and asking them
r poo c p 1 * tu - 1 thG letters among their employees. The Managers of
th^^honfa 01 ?^ Ooncossions, Ltd., etc., have been advised that
i t *u r - taka no action on the letter or inform the
;^i^ 2 < that <. thel L c ? mpany rulGS db not allow them to solicit
contributions from their employees.
102. Q^TiiR SURV^.Y^ .
Reference para 86 of Intelligence Summary No. 6 .
His Excellency the Ruler of C^atar has expressed himself as
~ b nQ n ?rJn™ J} ave deceived Captain Southern's message and
?-^ or ^ ed 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. that any assistance he and the
inhabitants of Qatar render the officers of H.M.G. is a duty. He
thank Captain Southern and to
infrm him of the pleasure he took in the behavour of his men on
their visits to Qatar.
103 LDCnL ,,FF^IRS .
21 st the Boy$i SchoollSports were held at Muharraq.
They included a scooter race for the youngest boys, an obstacle race,
displays of physical drill and gymnastics, and musical chairs on
donkey-back for the teachers. His Excellency 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. ,
^tghness Shaikh^Salman, and Shaikhs Mohd. and Abdulla bin Isa.
the two uncles of His Highness, were among those present.
u T ^ ere werQ , two ^i^es during the period under report, one in
Janamah town and the other in a village a few miles from the town.
There were no casualties and little damage.
Qn+^ 4 -u Tile u e Was a good attendance at the Spring Race Meeting on the
^ ^ ^ a ° u Sh some attempt had been made by the more raucous partisans
1 ne Palestine iirabs to boycott the meeting. The weather was
E> but a .f tron g shamal" wind blew throughout. In the main event
the favourite was beaten in a close finish, but there were few other
surprises in a card of 6 events. 10 $ of the totalisator proceeds
^were devoted to the Red Crescent’'. His Excellency the Political
jsident and Lady Hay, His Highness the Ruler of Bahrain, Captain
M h ?-, boni 5 r ? aval 0 ff i caI, 5 Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , the Political .ugent.
ha.-khs lohd. and Abdullah bin Isa Al Khalifah, and Mr. and I^rs
lielgrave were among those present.
(iv) Th ree local merchants, Messrs Khalid Aujah, the British
American Tobacco Company agent, Abdurrahman Mohd. Tahir.and Muhammad
iili, son of Muhammad Tahir Al-Sharif,have gone to the United Kingdom
for the British Industries Fair.
104 SIPPING .
Thirty two ships (10 British, 7 Panama, 6 U.S.a. 3 Norwegian,
2 Dutch, 1 Greek, 1 Portuguese, 1 Italian and 1 Spanish) called at
the port of Bahrain during the period under report. Imports were
3,868 tons of general cargo for Bahrain and 864 tons for transhipment
to the mainland. Exports were three tons of general
cargo

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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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