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File 8/9 Annual Report on the State of Bahrain for the year AH 1351 [‎15r] (34/200)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (96 folios). It was created in 3 Jun 1933-27 Jul 1933. 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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Pearl industry.
pearls, T, sherin tf was about 20$ higher than the market price
during the previous season.
Unfortunately however most of the big merchants still
have on their hands very large stocks of pearls which they
purchased three or four years ago, at high prices, which
they cannot afford to sell at a loss. If they sold these
pearls now, at the market price, perhaps for half what
they paid for them, many of them would become liable to
make payments which they still owe and which fall due when
the pearls are sold.
4. Divers debts . The divers during the last season
fared even worse than they did during the previous season.
Although the amount of the advances were reduced by the
government to the very minimum and owing to the low price
of rice etc. the cost of victualling boats was less than
last year, out of 354 boats the divers of only 6 boats
Selafieh made any profit. The earnings of the rest were
not sufficient to cover the amounts which they had advanced
and their share in the cost of rations etc. So at the
end of the season the divers had increased their debts
to their nakhudas and received nothing except the advances
which had been debited against them.
5. Comp arisons between seasons . I have stated before
(annual report 1350, page 12) that it is difficult to arrive
at an accurate estimate of the season’s takings. The
figures which I refer to for the purpose of estimates are
those of the authorised diving clerks. These men make up
the accounts between divers and their nakhudas, so the
prices which they quote are the original Tf rock bottom”
prices paid for pearls. These clerks have no means of

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The volume contains the Annual Report of the Government of Bahrain for the Hijri year 1351 AH. The report is written by the Adviser to the Bahrain Government, Sir Charles Dalrymple Belgrave.

The report was submitted by Belgrave to 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 Bahrain, Percy Gordon Loch, who then forwarded it to the Political 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. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , at Bushire. The correspondence relating to this process is included in the volume.

The report itself (folios 8-83), submitted in June 1933, is divided into sections corresponding to a particular subject, as follows: Revenue and Expenditure; Pearl Industry; Police and Public Security; Judicial; Land Registrations; Education; Manamah Municipality; Muharraq Municipality; Artesian Wells; Agriculture; Sunni Wakf Department; Shia Wakf Department; Audit; Imperial Airways; Press Propaganda; Counterfeit Coins; Death of Shaikh Sir Isa bin Ali [Shaikh ‘Īsá bin ‘Alī Āl Khalīfah], accession of Shaikh Hamad bin Isa [Shaikh Ḥamad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah]; Bahrain Electric Supply; Customs; General; Miscellaneous.

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1 volume (96 folios)
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The volume 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 98; 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 12-83; these numbers are also written in ink, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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