The file contains letters, telegrams, and memoranda relating to agricultural and horticultural improvements in Bahrain. The principal correspondents are the Political Agent, Bahrain, Political Resident in the Persian Gulf at Bushire, and the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain (usually Charles Dalrymple Belgrave).The papers cover the discussions over several matters, as follows:Khalil bin Ebrahim Kanoo's enquiry into purchasing a water pump, including correspondence from Kanoo himself, a number of British firms, the India Office, and the Department of Overseas Trade;investigations into the cultivation of cotton in Bahrain, including correspondence from the British Cotton Growing Association;the Political Agent's proposal for an agricultural and flower show to be held in Bahrain;the appointment of Said Abdul Nur as an agriculturist for the Government of Bahrain;a request for information and statistics related to agriculture in Bahrain from Henri de Marcellus for his
Atlas of Man;a proposal to grow oranges in Bahrain, including correspondence from the ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifah [Ḥamad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah], and photographs of oranges grown by the Shaikh (folios 68-70);an investigation into the growth of Aleppo pine (
Pinus halepensis) in Palestine and the question of whether it could be grown in Bahrain, including correspondence from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, W P Wolterbeek, and Aron Chajuss;Bahrain Government plans to grow wheat, including correspondence with the Government of India (Foreign and Political Department) and the merchant Chatrumal Doulatram;investigations into vegetable cultivation in the region, including memoranda on its growth in Iraq and Bahrain (folios 95-96 and 105-107 respectively);investigations into soilless cultivation, including correspondence from Petroleum Concessions Limited, the Arabian American Oil Company, and the Royal Air Force base in Bahrain, with a memorandum on the subject in Iraq (folios 165-70) and an article on the subject in
Monthly Science News,No. 5, 1946 (folios 155-56).Folios 172-86 are internal office notes.
1 file (186 folios)
The file is arranged in chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.
Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 188; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-186; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.