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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎50r] (99/174)

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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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No.14 of 1949 .
1st to 15th August, 1949,
On the Ord Mr. J.A.F. Gethin left for Doha,
Qatar, in the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. launch ’’Trenchard Fowle" and returned
on the 6th.
117. V ISITORS .
(i) On the 3rd Sir Hugh V/eightman of the Central
Mining Syndicate arrived. On the 4th he left for fatar
returning to Bahrain on the 5th. On the 7th he visited
Sharjah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, returned to Bahrain on the
8th and subsequently left for the United Kingdom.
(ii) Mr. Coste Florets, French Minister of Colonies,
passed through on August 5 in a special aircraft on his
way to Indo-China. He came ashore to lunch.
(i) A1 Khalifa h.
Reference paragraph 97 of Summary No. 11.
Shaikh Muhammad bin Isa al Khalifah, C.L.E.,
who has been on holiday in Syria and the Lebanon, returned
to Bahrain on August 11 by way of A^—^dria. ^ He -;llee n
on His Highness the Ruler the w— uay ar-
Agent on the 14th.
(ii) Reference paragraph 103(i) of Summary No.12.
There ha^e been breakdowns in the machinery
of both Hussain Yate m*s and Abdur Rahman al Gosaibi's
ice factories. As a consequence the price of ice has
risen recently from annas two to annas eight a pound.
(ii i ) Independence D ay Celebrations.
Local Pakistanis celebrated M Independence D
on the 14th evening at the Pakistan Club.^ Indians r ^ie-
brated on the 15th. There was a flag hoistiry .*uony
in the morning and a cinema show and speeches in the evening
at the new , ’Awal M Cinema. His Highness, members of the Al
Khalifah, and local notables attended the evening functions
of both communities.
Captain K.G. Hens el has succeeded Captain
W.V. 0‘Regan as United States "Comicdore" in the Persian^
Gulf and gave a small reception on August 12. The U.S.S.
“Greenwich Bay” which arrivec on August 6 left again on
August 13.
120. SYRIA .
The assassination of Colonel Hasni Zaim, the
Syrian President, and Mohfin Albarazi, the Prime Minister,

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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.

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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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