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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎36r] (71/206)

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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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rioting. H.M.S. ’’Wild Goose" had shore landing parties in
readiness in case assistance was needed by the civil power
or British lives or property were threatened. Perhaps be
cause of these precautions, up to the present nothing untoward
has happened except that in the main Girls' School the female
teachers went on strike. They were informed that if tney
struck, they would not bo employed any further by the Bahrain
Government. They fell into hysterics and were only brought
around by the suggestion of the wife of the Adviser that,
instead of striking, they should say prayers on behalf of the
Palestine Arabs for a quarter of an hour every day.
Sven though there wore no exciting incidents here,
there were plenty of rumours, eg.
(a) A B.O.A.C. flying boat was carrying a cargo
of bombs through Bahrain to Tiberias for the Jews but had to
turn back and then try again. (The origin of this was that
a flying boat was stationed here for a few days and made short
flights testing new equipment.)
(b) Outside Manama town the rumour went that 2000
British sailors had landed, cordoned the town, and were pre
venting all movement in and out.
(ii) The news of the invasion of Palestine by the armies
of the surrounding Arab States was received with jubilation
by the local population. Relief is felt at the prompt action
that has been taken by the Arab States. The course of events
in Palestine are being followed with great interest by all
classes and the col fee shops arc crowded to a la.te hour every
night by people listening to the radio news broadcasts.
(i) On the 6th the Bahrain State Police held their
Annual Field Day in the grounds of the Police Fort. The events
were well organised and included horse races, tent pegging,
high and long jumps, the pole vault, a sack race, and a 440
yards relay. The meeting was well attended, 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. and Lady Hay, His Highness Shaikh
Salman, 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 Shaikhs Mohammed and Abdullah
bin Isa, the two uncles of His Highness, being among those
(ii) On the 7th and 8th, the Annual Exhibition of
Handicrafts was held at the Qhadhibiyeh Palace, Manamah the
- exhibits consisting of work done by the Girls' Schools a d
the Boys' Technical School. Sales were brisk.
(iii) As a result of the stoppage of supplies from Iran,
the price of rice has increased from Rs.3/- to Rs.4/8 per
Ruba. This increase is felt severely by the local middle
(iv) It was possible to state in the Annual Administration
Report that no case of small-pox had occurred during 1c st year.
This record has now unfortunately been broken by the a> oearance
of 6 or 7 cases in Manama,
(v) A second case of a lunatic seaman being'lan." e d and
stranded in Bahrain has occurred. The previous one, <.• Spaniard

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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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