Arnold Wienholt Hodson


Arnold Hodson was an eccentric governor. He was interested in developing radio communications in and to the islands. He worked with the BBC to ensure that the islands were connected to the imperial broadcasting network and also established a radio station in the Falklands themselves. His achievements were copied in his later postings to Sierra Leone and the Gold Coast. He was regarded as a model practitioner in linking the Empire together by radio.

He was the first governor to visit South Georgia where he unveiled the carved granite memorial for Sir Ernest Shackleton. He also had Mount Hodson, in the South Sandwich Islands named after him. There is a biography about his life called: The Eccentric Mr Wienholt


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