My name is Marni and I am from Sydney - Australia. My Family is related to Commodore Goodenough and I have some information on him as you requested.
James Graham Goodenough entered the Royal Navy as a young lad of 13 and pursued a career in earnest. He was appointed Commodore of the Australian Station of the Royal Navy in 1873 with HMAS Pearl as his flagship. This gave him command over the Pacific region including Australia. He played key roles in a number of historic events in the South Pacific such as the Deed of Cession between the Chiefs of Fiji and the British.
His command came to an abrupt end in 1875 when he completed his mission to convey Sir Arthur Gordon as the newly appointed Govenor to Fiji. Goodenough as his men continued on the the New Herbrides; it was here that Goodenough as his crew were attacked by natives, dying tragically from arrow wounds.
Their funeral service at St Thomas Church, North Sydney occasioned expressions of great public sympathy. Following the service, Goodenough and his crewmen were burried in St Thomas's Cemetery.