John Thomas Hill Goodwin (1865-1950)

John Thomas Hill Goodwin (1865-1950)
Having entered the Federal Department of Home Affairs in 1910, Goodwin handled property transactions on behalf of the Commonwealth in regard to defense, quarantine, and posts and telegraphs. Five years later he was promoted chief surveyor and estates officer (subsequently surveyor-general and director of lands). In addition, he was officer-in-charge of the administration of the Federal Capital Territory (1916-24 and a member (1921-25) of the Federal Capital Advisory Committee which made recommendations for the building of Canberra. After the Federal Capital Commission was formed to control the city’s development, in January 1925 he was seconded to it as lands officer, but returned to the public service that year.

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