Sir Robert Edward Codrington

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Sir Robert Edward Codrington

Birthplace: Richmond, Surrey, England UK
Death: December 16, 1908 (35-43)
London, Middlesex, England UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Codrington and Elizabeth Emily Codrington
Brother of Louisa M Codrington; Agnes Codrington; William James Codrington; George Geoffrey Codrington; John Christopher Codrington and 4 others

Occupation: Colonial Administrator
Birth reg.: MarQ 1869 Richmond Surrey RD Vol. 02A p. 328 - Maurice
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About Sir Robert Edward Codrington

Sir Robert Edward Codrington (6 January 1869 – 16 December 1908)

  • Colonial Administrator of the two territories ruled by the British South Africa Company (BSAC) which became present-day Zambia.
  • Administrator of North-Eastern Rhodesia, based at Fort Jameson, now Chipata, from 11 July 1898 to 24 April 1907, and then of North-Western Rhodesia, based at Livingstone from February 1908 to his death in London on 16 December 1908 from heart disease at the age of only 39.

He laid the foundation for the amalgamation of the two territories as Northern Rhodesia four years later.

His administration was influential in establishing British colonial government in Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland and making them different in character from white-settler-led Southern Rhodesia.

Sir Robert Edward Codrington was born in the United Kingdom into a Gloucestershire family with a background of service in the Royal Navy. In 1890, he went to southern Africa and joined the Bechuanaland Border Police.

Collector of Revenue in the British Central Africa Protectorate. He rose rapidly through the colonial ranks and as a result of his military experience he was given the job of conquering the Ngoni and Yao by force and stamping out the last vestiges of the slave trade in the area.

11th July, 1898, he was appointed Administrator of North-Eastern Rhodesia, based at Fort Jameson.

To solve the shortage of British people in the territory that were available to run the administration, he appointed Africans educated by the Scottish missionaries in Nyasaland. This was in contrast to the Southern Rhodesians who opposed education and employment of native African people other than in manual labour.

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January 6, 1869
Richmond, Surrey, England UK
February 28, 1869
Richmond, Surrey, England UK
December 16, 1908
Age 39
London, Middlesex, England UK