Ref NoPP MS 82
TitlePapers of Reginald Follett Codrington Hedgeland
Date(s) of Creationc 1898-1933
Level of DescriptionCollection
Extent4 boxes, 1 folder
Name of CreatorHedgeland; Reginald Follett Codrington (b 1874); Chinese Maritime Customs officer
Administrative & Biographical HistoryReginald Follett Codrington Hedgeland was born in Exeter, Devon on December 18th 1874. He was educated at St Paul's School London and at Pembroke College, Oxford. After graduating in 1897 he joined the Chinese Maritime Customs Service in May 1898 and was posted to Kiungchang. He then went on to serve at Nanking, Tientsin, Lappa, Kowloon, Swatow and Nanning, of which latter port he was in charge for six years. He became Deputy Commissioner in 1917 and in April 1921 he was appointed Commissioner. On returning from leave in 1923 he was given charge of Aigun on the Amur river in Manchuria. He was subsequently in charge of Swatow and Canton, and retired in April 1930 while Commissioner at Hankow. He had a fluent command of Chinese, both of Mandarin and Cantonese and held the Order of the Chia Ho, 4th and 3rd Class, and 3rd Class with Brilliants; the 3rd Class of the Order of Wên Hu; and the Ordre Royal des Millions d'Élephants et du Parasol Blanc de Luang Prabang, France.
Held at:SOAS University of London
Source of AcquisitionDonated by Mrs Nation Dixon in 2002; 2013
DescriptionThe papers comprise Hedgeland's official papers as an officer of the Chinese Maritime Customs, including letters of appointment and promotion, and copies of his official despatches. The collection also includes items relating to the history of the service, and photographs taken during the years Hedgeland was in China.
System of ArrangementThe papers have been divided into two series: papers and photographs. Within each series the arrangement is chronological.
Access StatusOpen
Language(s) of MaterialEnglish
Related MaterialSOAS archives contains a number of private collections relating to the Chinese Maritime Customs service.
Archivist's NoteCompiled by Rosemary Seton, Archivist, SOAS; CALM list with additional material by Julie Makinson
Access Points - SubjectCustoms policy
Trade (practice)
International trade
International economic relations
Maritime transport
Access Points - Person, Corporate & Family Names
Name CodePerson, Corporate or Family NameType of Entity
GB/SOASNAF/P421Hedgeland; Reginald Follett Codrington (b 1874); Chinese Maritime Customs officerPerson
GB/SOASNAF/C94Chinese Maritime Customs ServiceCorporate
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
7729894Eastern Asia
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