John Goodwin (British Army officer)

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John Goodwin
Sir John Goodwin.jpg
14th Governor of Queensland
In office
13 July 1927 – 7 April 1932
Monarch King George V
Preceded by Sir Matthew Nathan
Succeeded by Sir Leslie Orme Wilson
Personal details
Born (1871-05-24)24 May 1871
Kandy, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
Died 29 September 1960(1960-09-29) (aged 89)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Nationality United Kingdom British
Spouse(s) Lilian Isabel Ronaldson
Profession Military doctor

Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Herbert John Chapman Goodwin KCB, KCMG, DSO (24 May 1871 – 29 September 1960), known as Sir John Goodwin, was a British soldier and medical practitioner, who served as the Governor of the Australian state of Queensland between 1927 and 1932.

Paths constructed by Goodwin in the grounds of Government House

Goodwin was born in 1871 in Kandy, Ceylon to a British Army surgeon father and an Australian mother. He was educated in England at Newton College, Devon, and undertook medical training at St Mary's Hospital, London where he graduated with a Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (M.R.C.S.) and Royal College of Physicians (L.R.C.P.) in 1891.[1]

Commissioned a lieutenant in the British Army Medical Department, Goodwin was stationed in India where he saw active service on the North-West Frontier from 1897 to 1898 and was awarded to the Distinguished Service Order.[1]

Governor of Queensland[edit]

Goodwin served as Governor of Queensland from 13 July 1927 to 7 April 1932.


He was a freemason. During his term as Governor (1927-1932), he was also Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Queensland.[2]


Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Matthew Nathan
Governor of Queensland
Succeeded by
Sir Leslie Orme Wilson