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Born in Launceston, Tasmania, on 17 November 1835; died in Paddington, Sydney, NSW, on 17 April 1894.
One of at least three children, to William Lushington Goodwin (1798–1862), a journalist, and Sophia Elizabeth Goodwin (née Lay) (d. 1879). Sophia's parents migrated to Tas. in 1831, and settled at 'The Grove', George Town. After the death of her father in 1862, Sophia and her mother took in young ladies, with Sophia in charge of their education, and her mother in charge of their domestic needs.
Sophia probably collected MEL specimens (as 'Miss Goodwin') at George Town and the mouth of the Tamar River (no dates).
In c. 1874, Sophia moved to Sydney, NSW, where she worked as a music teacher.
She did not marry, and died aged 58 in Paddington in 1894 of a uterine tumour.
Source: extracted from: Maroske, Sara and Vaughan, Alison (2014) 'Ferdinand Mueller's female plant
collectors: a biographical register', Muelleria Vol.32 [consult for source references];