GEOFF GOODALL

10th January 1947 - 5th January 2024

 

TRIBUTES

If you wish to post your own tribute to Geoff, please do so on one of the following websites. Alternatively, you may send an email to Geoff's Webmaster who will transcribe your message on to this page. Only your name and geographic location will appear. Email addresses will not be published and all submissions will be moderated. This page will be archived in perpetuity with the rest of Geoff's website.

 

Today I lost a great friend, and we lost one of Australia's leading aviation historians.

There will be much more to be said in the coming weeks, but for now let me just say that Geoff Goodall had a profound effect on my own life by opening my eyes to Australia's rich CIVIL aviation history. He was a man of seemingly boundless knowledge and equally boundless willingness to share it with anybody else.

I only got to know Geoff in the last 25 or so years of his life but we corresponded nearly daily for much of that time. I was also fortunate to live nearby, and so we regularly met for 'Gentlemen's Aero Lunches' where Geoff would usually expound on some fascinating, and often obscure, aspect of aviation history in his legendary storytelling style. I will miss these things enormously.

However, the world - and my own life - is far richer today for having had Geoff Goodall in it.

My thoughts are with Geoff's wife Jane and their two daughters.

Phil Vabre, President Civil Aviation Historical Society
5 January 2024

I had the honour and privilege of studying at the feet of the master aviation historian for most of my life. Geoff was a mentor to many, both in his professional ATC career and in his passion for aviation history. If you were to ask Geoff if he had a photo of a particular aircraft he would invariably respond with a selection of photos and chapter and verse on the aircraft's history. What set Geoff apart from many others is that he was always happy to share his vast knowledge. This desire to share reached its pinnacle when Geoff wisely decided to make his research freely available on the World Wide Web. You don't have to create an account. You don't have to create a convoluted password and above all, you don't have to pay an annual subscription. It's all there free of charge and so it shall remain. Geoff's domain will be maintained online in Geoff's memory for as long as is possible. Ultimately, the content of the website is archived by the National Library of Australia so its survival is assured. Geoff's fellow historians, who always struggled to keep up with him, have concluded that the content of his website should be frozen as none of us feel that we have the capacity to update it as Geoff would have wished. Geoff is simply irreplaceable. It's been an honour to know you Geoff. This website is just part of Geoff's rich legacy.

Ron Cuskelly, Geoff's Webmaster
6 January 2024

Very sad to just learn of Geoff Goodall's passing. I worked with Geoff for over a decade as an ATC work colleague in Perth. Always a consumate professional and an extraordinary aviation enthusiast. A sad loss and my sincere condolences to his family.

Pete Christophersen
21 January 2024
I was saddened to hear of Geoff's passing. I never met him but we corresponded on a number of occasions. He was very generous with his time and research notes when ever I needed information. RIP Geoff you will be missed.

Ray Christensen
Melbourne
24 January 2024
I was sad to hear of Geoff’s passing. He was most generous to me with help in finding aircraft photographs and information to use in my book Ten Journeys to Cameron’s Farm, the story of RAAF Hudson A16-97 and the ten men who died in it on 13 August 1940. In an email on 2 February 2011, John Hopton conveyed the wonderful camaraderie of this community of hugely knowledgeable enthusiasts by referring to Geoff as "Awesomeness Personified Goodall". As a historian with no background in aviation, I would have been lost without the unstinting and warm hearted aid of Geoff and his friends.

Dr Cameron Hazlehurst FRSL FRHistS
ANU
11 February 2024