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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎47r] (93/206)

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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’s subscriptions to the Arat cause. In reading
the letter to his uncle, Shaikh Abdulla, His Highness'
remarked tartly that it was very satisfactory to know
where the money had got to. No acknowledgement has been
received from anywhere of the money alleged to have been
sent by Shaikh Abdulla in January last.
(i) The Bahrain Government has sent a questionnaire
to Oil Companies and Commercial firms in Bahrain asking
for figures relating to labour, materials, and services,
which will be of assistance to them in estimating the
national income and local resources of Bahrain.
(ii) Reference paragraph 184 of Intelligence Summary
On the 2nd Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa al Khalifah
left by air for Iraq en route to Egypt where he usually
spends the summer.
(iii) On the 1st June a party of Jews who had
"gate-crashed" the R.A.F. cinema at Muharreq had a dispute
with their Persian taxi driver who objected to their over
loading his taxi. An altercation followed and one of the
Jews, at any rate, hit the Persian. He left them and
went to Muharraq town where he roused public feeling against
the Jews to such bad effect that a posse of Arabs,- one of
whom brought a shot-gun, marched to the R.A.F. camp and
laid seige to its telephone exchange in which the Jews had
taken refuge. They were rescued by an Assistant Sub
Inspector of the Bahrain State Police and brought to
Manama where they will be tried. The communal aspect of
the incident has invested it with an importance which
intrinsically it never deserved.
(iv) On the night of the 15th a fire broke out in
Manamah tov/n not far from the Roman Catholic Church. It
was fortunately brought under control before much damage
was done.
147. WEATHE R.
The "barch", the north-west wind which usually
moderates the heat of June has been late in arriving this
30 ships (13 British, 6 American, 4 Panamanian,
3 Norwegian, 1 Dutch, 1 Italian, 1 Greek, and 1 Portuguese)
called at the port of Bahrain during the period under report.
Imports were 3,646 tons of general cargo for Bahrain and
2,245 tons for transhipment to the mainland. Exports
were 15tons of general cargo and 121750 tons and 28200
drums of petroleum products.

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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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