Codrington, Robert Henry

Reference code(s): GB 0162 MSS Pac s 2-33
Held at: Bodleian Library - Special Collections
Domain: archival
Title: Codrington, Robert Henry
Date(s) of contents: 1866-1926
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 31 vols, 2 items


Name of creator(s): Codrington, Robert Henry

Administrative/Biographical history: in course of preparation

Robert Henry Codrington (1830-1922) was born in Wroughton, Wiltshire, the son and grandson of Anglican churchmen. He was educated at Charterhouse from 1845 to 1848 and then at Wadham College, Oxford. He was ordained as deacon in 1855 and as priest in 1857. Following a curacy in Oxford Codrington moved to New Zealand in 1860, serving first at Collingwood and then at Waimea.

In 18?? Codrington joined the Melanesian Mission which was founded in 1849 by the Anglican Bishop of New Zeland, George Augustus Selwyn. In 1867 the mission headquarters moved from Auckland to Norfolk Island. Codrington served here as headmaster of the Melanesian Mission school from 1867 to 1887. In 1871 the head of the Mission, Bishop Patteson, was killed on the island of Nukapu and, until 1877, Codrington assumed his duties while declining the bishopric. In 1887 Codrington retired from the mission though he briefly returned in 1892.

Back in England, Codrington became the vicar of Wadhurst in the diocese of Chichester from 1887 to 1893, served as prebendary of Chichester Cathedral from 1888 to 1895 and as lecturer at Chichester Theological College. Codrington died on September 11th 1922 at the age of 91.

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Scope and content/abstract: Correspondence 1866-1922; diaries and sketch book 1869-82; miscellaneous papers relating to Melanesia 1867-1908; European travel diaries 1859; diaries 1892-1922; lectures 1895-1915; miscellaneous sermons; letters and papers relating to his biography.

System of arrangement: Arranged int he series set out under Scope and content.


Language: English

Conditions governing access: to be confirmed

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Finding aids: Not known.


Related material: The archive of the Melanesian mission is in the Library of the School of Oriental and African Studies.


Archivist's note: Based on:
Papers of British Churchmen 1780-1940 , London: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, 1987

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2003


Personal names
Codrington | Robert Henry | 1830-1922 | Missionary in Melanesia and Prebendary of Chichester

Corporate names
Melanesian Mission

Norfolk Island