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Hodson, Arnold Wienholt, Sir, 1881-1944 (Knight, colonial governor)



  • Existence: 1881 - 1944


Sir Arnold Wienholt Hodson was born in Bovey Tracey, Devonshire, in 1881. He was the eldest son of Algernon Hodson and Sarah Wienholt. Hodson was in Central Queensland 1900 to 1902 and was part of the Queensland Contingent for South Africa in 1902. He served in the Transvaal 1902-04. From 1904 until 1912 he was in the Bechuanaland Protectorate Police Force. He then went on to Somaliland 1912-14. He served as Consul in Southern Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) 1914-23 and then Consul in South West Abyssinia from 1923-1926. He was Governor of the Falkland Islands 1926-30, Sierra Leone 1930-1934 and finally the Gold Coast (now Ghana) 1934-1941.

Hodson married Elizabeth Charlotte Sarah Hay, daughter of Major Malcolm Vivian Hay in 1928. He died on the 26th May 1944 ('Who was who' 1980, p.550).


See RCI/2/1/4/220.


Hodson, A.W. (1912), 'Trekking the Great thirst: travel and sport in the Kalahari Desert'. London: T.F. Unwin.

Hodson, A.W. and Walker, Craven H. (1922), 'An elementary and practical grammar of the Galla or Oromo language'. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.

Hodson, A.W. (1927), 'Seven years in Southern Abyssinia'. [London]: T.F. Unwin.

Hodson, A.W. (1929), 'Where lion reign: an account of lion hunting and exploration in S.W. Abyssinia'. London: Skeffington and Son Ltd.


'Who was who' (1980). 5th edition, volume 4 - 1941-1950. London: Adam and Charles Black.

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Photographs taken in the Bechuanaland Protectorate [i.e. Botswana]

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30549A
Scope and Contents A small album containing snapshots measuring approximately 65 x 40 mm., with handwritten captions beneath the prints. The captions have been recorded as found and may contain offensive, inappropriate or outdated terms. They have been retained to reflect the context of the collection's creation. Captions supplied by the cataloguer are enclosed in square brackets. Most of the photographs in the album, which show life on the trek, in the ‘Melon Country,’ Damara refugees and hunting scenes,...
Dates: 1904 - 1910
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