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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎100r] (199/206)

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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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276.. .
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BAHRAIN INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY
16th to 31st December
FOR PERIOD
1948.
274 c MOVEMENTS OF OFFIC IALS„
(i) Reference paragraph 263 (v) of Intelligence
Summary No.20.
On the 18th His Excellency th-j Political Re
sident and party returned to Bahrain."
(ii) Reference paragraph 263 Oi) of Intelligence
Summary No.20.
0n the 19th Major A.L.A. Dredge,
Secretary to His Excellency the Political'Residentre
turned to Bahrain.
m /iii) On the 22nd Mr. P.D. Stobart, Political Officfr,
irucial Coast, arrived from Sharjah by RA.F. 'plane.
(iv) On the 23rd 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. left for
Kuwait by Iraqi Airways 'plane and r- turned to Bahrain
on the 30th.
^ ^ v ) the 24th Major J.E.H. Hudson, 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. , left by air for the United Kingdom.
275. VISI TOR S.
(i) Reference paragraph 224 (ii) of Intelligence
Summary No.17.
Mr. Wilfred Thesiger recently returned to
Buraimi after exploring the Liwa and Bainuna areas. The
Saudi authorities received a report th- t he was involved
during this trip in a raioing expedition into Saudi territory
and asked the^British political authorities to warn him not
to enter Saudi territory without permission.
(ii) Mr. Bertram Thomas, O.B.E., who is now Arab
Adviser to the Shell group, paid a recent visit to Bahrain
and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. .

(iii) the 22nd Vice Admiral Radford, U.S.N., Vice
Chief ^ of Naval operations, and Senator Robertson visited
Bahrain. They-were accompanied by Captain Kelly and Com
mander Beebe of tht United States Nav:. The party 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. , the Political
Agent, and His Highness Shaikh Salman.
( lv ) ^ recent visitor to the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. was
Mr. Harvey C- Wyant, the American pearl buyer, who is
r-ported to have purchased pearls to the value of Rs.60,000/
before returning to India. He- was accompanied by Mr.
Fatehchand a Bombay pearl merchant.
(v) Reference paragraph 264 (iv) of Intelligence
Summary No.20.
On the 16th Messrs. Jha and Habib left by air
for Kuwait. J

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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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