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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎25r] (49/174)

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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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(iii) Obituary :
tin merchant
great local
On the 6th, Jasim al-Chirawi, a Bahr;
and well known figure in Muharraq, and a poet of
reputation died of a stroke. He was 64 years of age. He
came to Bahrain as a boy with his parents, poor people from
Southern Persia*, and rose by his own exertions to a position
of considerable affluence. He was helped in his rise by his
marriage to the daughter of the late All bin Abdullah Obaidly,
then Wazir Minister. to Shaikh Isa bin Ali al Khalifa, grandfather of
the present Ruler. He took some part in politics and was
deported from Bahrain for a period of six months. After his
return he confined himself to his business activities.
Now that Aramco have completed most of their
construction programme at Dhahran and Ras Tanura, their imports
of stores and building materials through Ras Tanura are ,
decreasing. It estimated that imports, which averaged some
30,000 tons a month in recent months will be down to 15,000 ^ .
tons by September of this year, and will* theroforc^decline^^ MS< ^A^t^
to a monthly total of 8000 tons by January 1950.
(i) Petrole u m D ev e lopment ( Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ) Ltd .
On the 2nd April, Mr.B.H.Lermitte, Manager
of Petroleum Concessions Limited, Bahrain, arrived at ihbu
Dhabi by air and after staying five hours there and meeting
Shaikh Shakhbut he left for Bahrain, and visited Abu Dhabi
again on the 3rd April. On the 6th April he arrived at
Sharjah by air and left for Bahrain the same day.
(iiJ Sir Hugh W e i.^t^ians .
On the 4th April Sir Hugh Weightman, K.C.I.E.,
C.S.I., arrived at Sharjah by air and' left for Abu Dhabi
and returned to Sharjah the same day. On .the 5th he
visited Abu Dhabi.and returned to Sharjah the
followj. iia Qn the 6th he left Sharjah for Abu Dhabi
and Bahrain.
Internationa^ Ae radio Ltd .
(in) On the 4th Apr-1 about 24 members of the
staff of International Aeradio Limited, Sharjah, Indian
and Pakistani wireless operators, went on strike on
account of the poor quality of food served to them
anc. the picturesque oaths employed by the present
Station Manager in his instructions to them. Mr.Dunn,
an Officer of Intel rational Aeradio Limited, who
arrived from Karachi, succeeded in calling off the strike
wnich lasted two days by promising the strikers good food
and good treatment.'
(iv) Golden__Valle y Ochre & O xide Co.
During the period under report, about 50
of the Red Oxide Company labourers on Sir Bu Nai’s Island
went on^strike demanding higher wages. Mr.Pocock has
dealt w_th the situation which was not so serious as to
hamper his activities.
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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)

The file is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

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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