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Russell Gordon (Russ) JOHNSTON

Russell Gordon (Russ) JOHNSTON

Male 1933 -  (86 years)

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  • Name Russell Gordon (Russ) JOHNSTON  [1
    Nickname Russ 
    Born 28 May 1933  Subiaco WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes Occupation: Tailor. His own business is "Russ Johnston Tailor - Tailoring Alterations & Military
    Regalia" at Robert Crescent, Wodonga, Victoria.
    Married: «b»Lola Joy Darnell«/b» (b. 8/11/1936, Busselton, W.A. - also given as Margaret River, W.A.) at North Perth, W.A.
    History: Russell's mother died when he was three months old and he was raised by his grandmother Elizabeth Ann Johnston, aided by her daughters Margaret and Ivy. His father kept in touch as much as his work allowed.
    After growing up and being educated in Inglewood, Wagin and Maylands, Russell left school aged 14 years and served a year apprenticeship in the tailoring trade, then worked for his two aunts Margaret and Myrtle at M & M Johnston clothing factory until 1966.
    In 1950 he joined the Army Reserve and August 1951 was called up in the intake of National Service. In 1953 he was selected to be Regimental Tailor with the rank of Sergeant.
    Russell was married in 1956 to Lola Darnell, they had three sons - Graham in 1959, Ian in 1962 and Bradley in 1965. In 1969 they were thrilled to adopt a daughter, Annette.
    In 1966 he joined the Regular Army as Command Tailor with the rank of Sergeant and served 8 years in Swan Barracks, Perth. A posting in 1976 found the family moved to Wodonga, Victoria and Russell became Area Tailor, Instructor and Trade Testing Officer for 31st Supply Battalion, Bandiana, Victoria.

    While in Perth Russell became interested in lawn bowls and played for 18 years. After arriving in Wodonga, he assisted in the building of a new rink for the army Twin City Bowling Club. At the same time in Wodonga he was a foundation member of the Military Historical Society and still enjoys membership.  [1
    Military Service 1950  [1
    36 years in the Regular Army After then Russell retired from the Army and opened up his own tailor shop in Wodonga. 
    Occupation 1986  Wodonga Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Tailor. His own business is "Russ Johnston Tailor" - tailoring, alterations & military regalia from Robert Crescent Wodonga Vic.
    After serving 36 years Russell retired from the Army and opened up his own tailor shop in Wodonga. It was decided after having two shops in town, to build a large workshop at the rear of the family home and the business is still going strong. 
    Person ID I-5742  Christina and Donald McLean | Ewen (Hugh the younger) McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2018 

    Father Gordon James b1903 JOHNSTON,   b. 22 Aug 1903, Leonora WA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1986, Perth WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Relationship -1877 
    Mother Ruth Weller LONG,   b. 6 Aug 1905, Melbourne Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1933  (Age 28 years) 
    Relationship -1877 
    Sealed P (LDS) -1877  -1877 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F-1877  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lola Joy DARNELL,   b. 8 Nov 1936, Busselton WA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 2003  (Age 66 years) 
    Married North Perth WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. Graham Russell # JOHNSTON,   b. 17 Apr 1959, Mt Lawley WA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     2. Ian Edward JOHNSTON,   b. 17 Apr 1959, Mt Lawley WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)  []
     3. Bradley Shane JOHNSTON,   b. 30 Oct 1965, Mt Lawley WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     4. Annette Lola JOHNSTON,   b. 9 May 1969, Subiaco WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)  []
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2017 16:20:44 
    Family ID F-1881  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Stories
    5223 - Russell (Russ) Gordon Johnston & Lola Joy Darnell
    5223 - Russell (Russ) Gordon Johnston & Lola Joy Darnell
    Descendants of Hugh the younger - biography as published in the BRB in 1995.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] FS BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-23] FM Graham Russell Johnston - ID 5755-evidence pending, Email on 21st June 2016.