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Coll 35/6 'Arabia: Hejaz-Nejd; wireless stations; postal and telegraph communications with the outside world' [‎460r] (919/1031)

The record is made up of 1 file (514 folios). It was created in 21 Sep 1925-17 Mar 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.

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FORftlOH OFFICK,
12th epterab^r, 1950,
(H 4615/1501/91)
I aw not oure whether the follov-lng aatter la one
which falls within your sphere, hut If not I ahull oe
very grateful if you will paas It to the appropriate
of the Air • ini ^try#
I enclo- e a copy of a note about wireless received
froo sheikh Hafiz ahba (who hut now been received by
the ecretury of -tate end hut entered Into official
rel Ilona with us aa Hejaz-Kejd sinister;. At an
interview with Oliphant on the 2nd September the heiXh
mentioned the aane autject. He said that his Government
would be grateful If Ills Majesty’s Government coulu advise
them In the matter ea they were anxious to avoid
unnecessary middlemen and high commissions.
You probably know (see correspondence ending with
our letter Ho.A 1798/131/91 of the l&th April) that the
Group-Captain
C.L.Courtney, C.:i.j D.--
/hejazl

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The file concerns postal communications in the Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd and, later, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The file covers:

  • Desire of Ibn Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] to establish wireless stations in Hejaz and Nejd, 1926-29
  • Proposed wireless communication between Riyadh and Baghdad, to be provided by the Marconi Company, 1929
  • Training of local subjects, 1931
  • Contract with the Marconi Company, 1931
  • Establishment of postal communications between Hasa [al-Aḥsā’] and foreign countries via Bahrain, 1933
  • New wireless stations in Saudi Arabia, 1933
  • Proposed establishment of wireless telecommunications between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia: negotiations between Cable and Wireless and the Saudi Government, 1934-35
  • Saudi regulations regarding importation and licensing of wireless sets, 1935
  • Proposed conference at Jedda regarding wireless communications in Saudi Arabia, 1935
  • Discussion with Governor-General of Sudan and Cables and Wireless regarding the Jedda - Port Sudan Cable agreement, 1935-40
  • Post and wireless experts required by Saudi Government, 1938
  • Communications between Saudi Arabia and the United States for use of the Arabian American Oil Company, proposed wireless station at Dhahran, 1944.

The file is composed of correspondence between: the British Legation to Jeddah; the Foreign Office; 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. ; the High Commissioner for Iraq; the Secretary of State for the Colonies; the Air Ministry; the General Post Office in London; the Legation of Hedjaz and Nejd to London; the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ; the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Bahrain; the Viceroy and Governor-General of India in Council; Cable and Wireless, Limited (Imperial and International Communications Limited); the Committee of Imperial Defence; the Governor-General of Sudan; the British Embassy in Cairo; the Resident Minister in Cairo; the United States Embassy in London; the British Embassy in Washington DC; Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO); and the Commonwealth Relations Office.

There is a newspaper cutting from The Times, and extracts from Um al-Qura and Sawt al-Hijaz.

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1 file (514 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 515; 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.

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Coll 35/6 'Arabia: Hejaz-Nejd; wireless stations; postal and telegraph communications with the outside world' [‎460r] (919/1031), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/4109, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100060950281.0x00007a> [accessed 15 December 2019]

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