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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎2r] (3/174)

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The record is made up of 1 file (85 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1949-31 Dec 1949. 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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SECRET , * • * No.1 of 1949.
BAHRAIN INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY FOR PERIOD
1st to 15th January 1949.
1. MOVEMENT OF OFFICIALS .
(i) Reference -paragraph 274 (lii) of Intelligence
Summary No.21 of 1948.
On the 7th Mr. P.D. Stobart, Political Officer,
Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , left for Sharjah-by Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. launch.*
(ii) Reference paragraph 274 (v) of Intelligence
Summary No.21 of 1948.
On the 6th 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. , Bahrain, arrived by air from the United
Kingdom.
2. CALLS.
(i) On New Year's Day His Highness Shaikh Sir
Salman bin Hamad A1 Khalifah, K.C.I.E., Ruler of Bahrain,
accompanied by his uncles Shaikhs Mohammed and Abdullah
bin Isa and other members of the Ruling Family, called
on 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. at the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. . A Guard of Honour
was provided for the Shaikh.
(ii) On New Year's Day His Excellency Sir Rupert
Hay, K.C.I.E., C.S.I., 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. , D ersian Gulf,
was "At Home" to His Highnes - , Captain L.E. Porter, R.N.,
Senior Naval Officer, Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , the senior members of
the A1 Khalifah, and leading members of the European Arab,
Indian, Pakistani, and Persian communities in the Naval
Cinema hall at Jufair. His Highness Shaikh Salman was
accorded a Guard of Honour from the Royal Navy. 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. made an address in which
he reviewed the work of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. for
the year 1948.
3. LOCAL AF FAIRS .
(i) A1 Khalifa h.
Reference paragraph 276 (i) of Intelligence
Summary No.21 of 1948.
His Highness is reported to be paying the
increases in the A1 Khalifah allowances from his own
income.
(ii) Sanatorium .
The Bahrain Government have recently built
a T.B. Sanatorium in the garden of the Lunatic Asylum.
(iii) Submarine cabl e.
The Bahrain Government have begun the laying
of a submarine electric cable between Manama and Muharraq
to replace the existing system of overhead wires which
are often broken when a strong 'shamal' wind blows.

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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 1949. 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 contain information covering a wide range of subjects, including:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, 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 Bahrain Petroleum Company, and the oil industry more generally;
  • American interests in the region;
  • local reaction to international events such as those in Palestine and Syria;
  • 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.
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1 file (85 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 87; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-87; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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