The Sir John Goodwin Cup

Sir John Goodwin

The award for overall Champion School in the GPS Track and Field Championships is calculated on the overall tally based on points for placings.

The Cup is named after Sir THOMAS HERBERT JOHN CHAPMAN GOODWIN (1871-1960), who was a soldier, medical practitioner and Governor of Queensland.

Born in Ceylon, educated at Newton College, Devon, and St Mary's Hospital, London, Goodwin graduated M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. in 1892. Goodwin was commissioned in the British Army Medical Service as surgeon lieutenant, he served in the United Kingdom for three years, then he was posted to India where he saw active service on the North-West Frontier in 1897-98 and won the Distinguished Service Order.

He married Lilian Isabel Ronaldson and they did not have any children. In 1902 back in Britain he worked as a medical officer at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, returning to India in 1906-11 as surgical specialist to Western Command.

From 1914 Goodwin served in France and was mentioned in dispatches three times. He accompanied the Balfour Mission to the United States of America in 1917 as assistant director, medical services. Returning to the War Office in January 1918, he was appointed director general, Army Medical Services in June. He retired as lieutenant-general in July 1923 after serving as honorary surgeon to the King.

Appointed governor of Queensland on 19 February 1927, Goodwin reached Brisbane on 13 June. Described as 'tall, with grey hair and a closely clipped moustache', he and Lady Goodwin travelled extensively and took a lively interest in the welfare of British migrants.

Despite the governor's reputation as a keen shot and fisherman, they were interested in wild-life preservation; they also followed racing enthusiastically and enjoyed inspecting rural industries. Goodwin took a professional interest in the health of Europeans in the tropics and in the campaign against eye disease in western Queensland, especially among children. He strongly supported moves for a Queensland medical school.

He faced no constitutional problems, the change of government in May 1929 being handled by William Lennon while Goodwin was on tour in Torres Strait. When insults to the Italian coat of arms by Innisfail pranksters at Christmas 1928 brought angry diplomatic protests, he strongly urged the McCormack government to respond calmly. Goodwin's quiet term of office expired on 7 April 1932, when he returned to England.

He was appointed C.M.G. (1915), C.B. (1918), K.C.B. (1919) and K.C.M.G. (1932) and was awarded many foreign honours and honorary degrees. Predeceased by his wife, he died at Oxford on 29 September 1960.

We honour the memory of Sir John Goodwin and his shining example of achievements.

Source : Paul D. Wilson, 'Goodwin, Sir Thomas Herbert John Chapman (1871 - 1960)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9, Melbourne University Press, 1983, pp 49-50. Thanks goes to Martin Kirby at Nudgee College for providing this information.

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