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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎79r] (157/206)

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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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(ii) On the occasion of Id ul Adha 9 which this
year fell on the l?th, the usual Id calls were made hy
the Assistant 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. on His Highness 9 the senior
members of the A1 Khalifah and local notables. His
Excellency Sir Rupert Hay took Captain Ludovic Porter, R.N.,
Senior Naval Officer, Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , and Major A.L.A. Dredge,
M.B.IR, Secretary to 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. ,
to call on His Highness.
(iii) On the 3.8th Shaikh Muhammad bin Isa A1 Khalifah,
senior uncle of His Highness, called on the Assistant Po
litical Agent at the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. .
(iv) On the 23rd Shaikh Said tin Maktum, Ruler
of Dubai, called on the Political i.gent. On the 25th he
called on 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. at Jufair.
226 LOCAL AFFAIRS .
(i) Reference paragraph 160 (iii) of Intelligence
Suirmiary No, 11'.
The Bahrain Government schools reopened on
the 3rd.
(ii) On the 7th His Highness Shaikh Salman moved
from his Ghadhabiyeh Palace to Rafa 1 „
(iii) Reference paragraph 215 (vi) of Intelligence
Summary No.16.
Indian films have been showing in all 4 Arab
cinemas during the past fortnight. It would appear that
while the cost of an Indian film is about £60/-, an Egyptian
film costs four times as much. As competition is keen
.and films run for no more than 4 days to a week it is not
possible to recover the. money spent on an Egyptian film.
The "Indisri 1 films' sound is in Urdu which many of the
local people understand.
(iv) .About a month ago when the Bahrain Police
searched the house of a Persian resident of Manamah, they
found the apparatus of a Still and ov r 80 gallons of
Arak. This find and the sentence imposed on the Persian
by the . gency Courts bus severely discouraged other local
distille,s and urak is in very short supply. Many drinkers
have however- already discovered a substitute for Arak in
"aqua velve". 1 . 11 * stocks of this well-known after shave
lotion hrve recently disappeared from the bazaar.
(v) Arak is only' for the poor man. The wealthy
and influential A*ab, who wants it, is still supplied with
Scotch whisky. Sometimes h has too much of it. The
son of a senior member of the xA. Khrlifah recently asked
Messrs, Gray, Mackenzie & Co., wh th<r they wished to buy
some 27 cases of whisky and 11 c r ses of gin. Gray, Mackenzi
were in need of liquor but decided against buying it. They
do not import the brand of whisky and gin offered them but
it is known th't these brands are imported by some of the
ijncrican Oil Companies in the Gulf.
227. Land Department...,

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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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