George Benjamin DODWELL [1851-1925]
Merchant and Trading agent. In 1872 he joined the export/import business Adamson, Bell and Company in Shanghai. The company dealt in shipping, silk and tea. In 1875 it opened an office in Hong Kong and also started in insurance. By 1884 the company had eight insurance agencies in Hong Kong. Dodwell was a pioneer of the Pacific steamship service and helped establish The Northern Pacific Steamship Company in 1887. When Adamson retired in 1886 Dodwell took over the running of the business and the company closed in 1891 and he went into partnership with Mr A. Carlill (with its head office in London), establishing Dodwell, Carlill & Co., exporting tea, porcelain, silk and other produce from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Yokohama and Kobe, and importing flour and lumber from Tacoma, Washington on the US By its articles Dodwell was elected Chairman for life. The same year he retired from the East and returned to London. There George Benjamin Dodwell not just oversaw the further development of Dodwell & Co. but diversified his business activities and was chairman of the Malacca Rubber Plantation Company.
A brief biography from The Industrial History of Hong Kong Group