|Notes for Charles George Llewellyn GOODING|
|1CHARLES GEORGE LLEWELLYN|
GOODING M.B.E.: Llew' as he was known, was born on September the 9th, 1897. He attended the Tanjil South School for the extent of his schooling. He was encouraged by his father William, in his early interest, the study of insects. William bought books on the subject for his son which was the basis of what was to become a lifelong interest and study. Llew's school teacher at Tanjil South, E. Robertson, also stimulated his interest in the study of butterflies but it was his father who taught him to make the cases and storage boxes required to hold his collection and who helped him learn about the necessary preserving of such a collection.
After Llew's marriage to Hilda Nadenbousch in 1926, they went to live on a property he had bought from Ralph Dent four years previously, which he named 'Riversleigh Park'. Here one daughter, Margaret, their only child was born. This farm is on the opposite side of the Tanjil River to 'Myrtlevale', and funder up-stream than his brother Ern's farm.
Llew and Hilda Gooding established an Illawarra Shorthorn stud and Llew carried on his passion for the collection of insects.
He became associated with a Dr Tindale, an eminent entomologist, who remained Llew's friend for 50 years, and who eventually named three species in honour of Goodings. These species were: Oxycanus goodingi, in 1935 and Oxycanus Hildae, in 1956. A third species of Lycaehid butterfly was discovered by Llew Gooding and described by him in 1955 to Dr Tindale, who again honoured him by naming the new species, Holichila goodingi. This name was later changed to Candalides consimilis
Llew and Hilda sold their farm in 1954 and retired to Warragul where he continued with his public interests. these were - being a member
of the Masonic Lodge, the Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Country Party for more than fifty years. He also took an active interest in the Latrobe Valley Naturalistic Club.
Llew had nine papers on Gippsland butterflies published in 'The Latrobe Valley Naturalist' a paper printed by that association.
Some of these papers were later published in the 'Victorian Entomologist'.
Llew's practical experience of farming and study of nature enabled him to assist Mr G.F.Hill, in his field experiments for the C.S.I.R.O., on the control of the underground grass grub which was a pastoral pest. He was also the first person to identify and recognise the presence of the white cabbage moth in Victoria in 1937, two years before this fact was accepted officially.
The unfailing support of his wife, Hilda, made it possible for Llew to continue his work as an amateur entomologist. lt was ultimately to earn him the Royal Citation, 'Member of the British Empire' (M.B.E.) for his contribution to entomology.
Charles George Llewellyn Gooding died on January the 12th, 1980, and was buried at the Warragul cemetery.
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