The Chinese Maritime Customs Service - 中国海关
This part of the site contains photographs relating to the life and work of members of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service (until 1912, the Imperial Maritime Customs Service). This was an international, although predominantly British-staffed bureaucracy under the control of successive Chinese central governments from its founding, i.e. in 1854, until 1950 when the last foreign Inspector-General, L.K. Little, resigned. This resource complements the website of the AHRC-funded History of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service project, run from the University of Bristol, and contains photographs from libraries, and from private collections. Between 1854 and 1949 about 22,000 men and women served in the Customs in Service-Listed posts, in roughly equal proportions of foreign and Chinese staff.
Reginald 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 Nanjing, Tianjin, Lappa, Kowloon, Shantou 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 Shantou and Canton, and retired in April 1930 while Commissioner at Hankou. His papers and photographs are deposited in the Library of the School of Oriental and African Studies. We are grateful to SOAS for permission to digitise these and make them available here.
- Chinese Maritime Customs project
- Peter Hodge's site, photographs of W.F. Stevenson
- Sir Robert Hart Project, Queen’s University Belfast
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