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James Goodenough
Born (1830-12-03)December 3, 1830
Died August 20, 1875(1875-08-20) (aged 44)
Place of birth Guildford, Surrey
Place of death off Australia
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1844 - 1875
Rank Captain
Commands held HMS Victoria
HMS Minotaur
Australia Station (1873–1875)
Battles/wars Second Opium War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

Captain James Graham Goodenough CB CMG (3 December 1830 – 20 August 1875) was an officer in the Royal Navy who went to become Commander-in-Chief, Australia Station.

Naval career

Educated at Westminster School, Goodenough joined the Royal Navy in 1844 and went on to serve in the Second Opium War being present at the capture of Canton in 1857.[1] Promoted to Captain in 1863, he was given command of HMS Victoria and then HMS Minotaur.[2] He served as Commander-in-Chief, Australia Station from 1873 and died aboard HMS Pearl off the coast of Australia from wounds inflicted from poisoned arrows in an attack by natives of the Santa Cruz Islands.[3]


In 1864 he married Victoria Hamilton; they had two sons.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Frederick Stirling
Commander-in-Chief, Australia Station
Succeeded by
Anthony Hoskins

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