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Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837
1933 - (86 years)
||Russell Gordon (Russ) JOHNSTON  |
||28 May 1933
||Subiaco WA [1, 2]
|| 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. 
|36 years in the Regular Army After then Russell retired from the Army and opened up his own tailor shop in Wodonga. |
||Wodonga Vic 
|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.
||Christina and Donald McLean | Ewen (Hugh the younger) McLean's descendants
||18 Sep 2018 |
- [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. .
- [S-23] FM Graham Russell Johnston - ID 5755-evidence pending, Email on 21st June 2016.