Geoffrey Johnston
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Geoffrey Johnston

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Geoffrey S. Johnston
Born 1950s.
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  • Geoff was born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • His parents were Cyril Johnston and Helen Wilkinson
  • He had one sibling - Janine

Baptism and Religious Ceremonies

  • Geoff was baptised a Catholic at St. Joseph's Church at Neutral Bay on 1 February 1953.
  • In about 1960 he received his First Communion at St. Josephs.
  • In 1964 he was confirmed at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney by Cardinal Gilroy.


  • Due to his mother's connections Geoff appeared on a number of children's television shows - on Channel 2, Channel 7 and Channel 9.
  • He was selected to play cricket for the Mosman Cricket Club Representative 12s team.
  • He was able to walk under an ocean liner when it was in dry dock at Garden Island.

School Education

  • Geoff went to the Neutral Bay Public School until the end of 5th Class then he transferred to a Jesuit Private school - St. Aloysius College, for the remainder of his primary and secondary education.
  • At school Geoff spent 5 years in cadets where he was sergeant of the commando platoon and was awarded Crossed Rifles for marksmanship and the Adventure Training Award, in its first year of operation.
  • This was where he started playing competitive rugby.
  • He did the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and started refereeing
  • In the academic areas he was awarded a Commonwealth Secondary Scholarship at the end of 4th Form (Year 10)

Tertiary Education

  • Geoff matriculated to all the universities in NSW and also received a Commonwealth University Scholarship.
  • Geoff went to a number of universities and Colleges of Advanced Education and initially started studying Chemical Engineering at the University of NSW.
  • Due to the Army employing him as an instructor he changed career path to teaching.
  • He obtained a 3-year Diploma of Teaching (Science Education) from Ku-ring-gai College of Advanced, a Bachelors degree in Education from the Riverina Murray Institute of High Education, a Masters degrees in Arts (majoring in Curriculum and Educational Administration) from Macquarie University and a Masters Degree in Education- School Leadership from the Australian Catholic University.


  • While at university Geoff was a Taxi driver in Sydney, driving with Combined Taxis. He would drive for 14 to 16 hours on weekends.
  • He was a high school teacher for 27 years, teaching Science in Sydney and NSW Country schools. These schools were boys only, girls only and co-ed schools, as well as being State Schools, Anglican Private and Catholic Schools.
  • His last 8 years in Secondary Schools before moving to the Tertiary Sector were as Headmaster of a Senior High School in Wagga Wagga.
  • While teaching he also helped at the NSW Board of Studies as a member of the Science Syllabus Committee and while there he wrote the NSW HSC Chemistry Syllabus that was assessed in the 1990s.
  • He was also an HSC Examiner for the Organic Chemistry question in the HSC. He spent time as an Examiner, then Pilot Marker before becoming a Senior Examiner.
  • While in the schools he served in a cadet unit as 2IC and A Company Commander and also helped run Boarding House at the school.
  • He also acted as a Science Advisor to Science Co-ordinators in the schools of the Parramatta Diocese and then the Broken Bay Diocese.
  • Geoff was also appointed as a member of the Executive of the Catholic School Principals Association.
  • He wrote and in November 2003 he published a book telling the history of the Senior School called Alpha to Omega.
  • In 2004 he moved into the Tertiary Sector.

1st Marriage

  • Geoff married Anne Louise Newlyn at St. Philip's Church at Turramurra on 7 April 1979.
  • Geoff was 26 Years old and Anne was 23.
  • They went on their honeymoon to Tahiti.
  • Geoff and Anne had two children - Damian Stephen and Katrina Louise
  • Geoff and Anne were divorced on 19 December 2006 and had their marriage annulled by the church on 20 February 2007,

2nd Marriage

  • Geoff married Annette Williams in Coffs Harbour on 2 December 2008
  • They had no children

Army Reserve

  • Geoff spent 10 years in the Army Reserve rising to the rank of Substantive Captain and he had the opportunity to command an Infantry Company on a major exercise.
  • As a soldier he qualified as a marksman with the rifle (SLR)and wore the crossed rifles badge.
  • He attended a numerous of courses including multiple promotion courses and a Booby Trap course.
  • He was trained in Jungle Warfare, Amphibious Landings, Helicopter Deployment and Open Country (Continental) warfare.
  • After gaining experience as a Section Commander, Platoon Sergeant, sergeant instructor and Company Quarter Master Sergeant, he completed his Selection Board and was in the first group from UNSWR to complete a 3 week course at Duntroon, where his group joined in with the Final year cadets,
  • After receiving his Commission from the Governor General he had appointments at UNSWR as Instructor, Infantry Platoon Commander, Transport Platoon Commander and Infantry Company Commander. He was also 2IC of A Company at the 17th Battalion RNSWR.
  • He was also appointed as the SI (Senior Instructor) running a number of promotion courses for corporals and sergeants.
  • He developed and ran an infantry tactics course for aspiring platoon commanders.


a. Refereeing

  • He was an accredited rugby union referee for 47 years.
  • In this time he started as a NSW Junior referee and moved up NSW Senior, Sydney and then to Level 2 Referee doing 2nd grade 2nd Division games and 1st Division 2nd Grade Colts in Sydney.
  • He later did 1st grade games in NSW Country areas as well as rep games and state championship games. He also regularly did touch judging (now called assistant referee) games.
  • He served as a Referee coach for many years and was on the NSW Country Coaching Panel for a short time.
  • In earlier years he was a presenter, and in district associations ran training courses and assessed referees, served on Appointment Boards as well as serving on executive positions - Treasurer, Vice President and President.

b. Cricket

  • Geoff played B Grade Cricket in Sydney

c. Scuba Diving

  • As a Scuba diver Geoff did three different open water diving courses. He then went on to do a PADI advanced open water course and then a rescue diver courses.
  • He has dived in many locations around the world - Tahiti, the Red Sea of Egypt, Eilat off Israel, Great Barrier Reef.
  • In addition to day and night dives he has also completed wreck dives and a cave dive through an island.

d. Rock Climbing and Abseiling

  • He completed a basic rock climbing course as well as a basic and advanced abseiling course that involved abseil rescues. His highest descents he has done were a 120 ft cliff and a 65 ft overhang.

e. Parachuting

  • He started a civilian Parachuting Course and after completing the ground training he completed 3 jumps from 2,500 feet - static line jumps and delayed static line jumps. He stopped the course after his 3rd jump when he watched his instructor being killed in a parachuting accident.
  • Years later he completes a tandem free fall jump from 10,000 feet.

f. Glider Flying

  • In 2018 he had his first two glider flights and on one of these they were soaring at 5,400 ft with two wedgetail eagles.
  • In 2019 he began training to become a certified glider pilot.


  • Geoff has travelled extensively around the world
  • 2 weeks in New Zealand, 2 weeks in Tahiti
  • a trip to Greece, Egypt and Israel and later a 6 week trip to the UK and Europe.
  • An 11 week round the world trip visiting 12 countries
  • A number of trips to the UK, Egypt, USA and New Zealand.
  • A 7-day cruise around the Hawaiian Islands, including a submarine dive to observe a wreck at depth of 120 feet.
  • Geoff is an Ancient Egyptian tragic and has visited Egypt 5 times and has visited many sites all over Egypt from Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast and Tanis in the Nile delta to Abu Simbel below the Aswan Dam. This includes sites from the Pre dynasty periods (pre 3,100 BC) to the Ptolemaic period (300BC). This included going inside 6 pyramids and numerous tombs


  • First-hand information, entered by Geoffrey Johnston at registration.
  • Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 / 1977 and 1980
  • Birth Cretificate
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Geoff Johnston (2003). Alpha to Omega, The History of Trinity Senior High School. Wagga Wagga:self published,

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Hi Geoffrey,

We realise the time has come to dissolve the UK Project in favour of the individual country projects of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

We are checking in with all UK badge holders to find out which country project(s) you would like to be in so you can collaborate with other members, have the opportunity to select which team(s) you would like to join, and so we can ensure you have all the correct badges.

Please respond by PM to let us know which country project(s) you would like to be in. Please don’t assume we know. We are effectively starting from scratch to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

Once you have done this, the Coordinator for Membership in the relevant country project(s) will be in touch to help get you situated.

Many thanks,


posted by Susie MacLeod

Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As we always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

posted by Guy Constantineau
Hi Geoffrey,

I’m Susie the new leader of the England Project. We are contacting all existing members of the project to find out how you are currently involved, and how you would like to be involved moving forward. Please have a look at the England Project page for more information, and then contact either myself or Gillian to let us know what you’d like to do, or if you have any questions. We can then list your interests, help you join the team in the Google group forum for England, and give you any help you might need to get going. If we don’t hear back from you we’ll assume you no longer want to be a part of the England Project at this time.

Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you,

Susie :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Geoffrey and thanks for your post on G2G.

I've added the United Kingdom Project badge to your profile. If you click on the badge it will take you to the full list of our wonderful members. Click on United Kingdom Project will take you the first page of the project. Scroll down to Member Interests. I've added your good self. Same with the England Project and Scotland Project.

We also have a Scottish Clans Project if you would like to join that one too.

Thanks again for joining enjoy and good luck with your research Maria

posted by Maria Maxwell
Hello again!

This week we have your last stop on the guided tour. We want to give you just a few more tools that can take you even deeper into the WikiTree forest without getting lost: How to Dig a Little Deeper.

As always, your questions are welcome!

Vicky Majewski ~ WikiTree Mentor


You've probably been hard at work adding family members and getting connected to those that are already here. You should have at least a few profiles that you manage now. So, this week we're going to look at how to work with your Watchlist: How to Manage Your Watchlist.

Please let me know if you have any questions! I am happy to help!

Vicky Majewski ~ WikiTree Mentor


You've been here for three weeks now! We hope your profiles are starting to come together and that you've enjoyed getting to know all of us a little better. You're probably getting a good feel for the collaborative nature of WikiTree by now. We know that collaboration isn't always easy. So, we've put together a few pointers that can make working in this type of environment a little easier: How to be a Successful WikiTreer. As always, your questions are welcome!


posted by [Living Wood]

It's time for the next stop on your guided tour. This time, we'd like to introduce you to our community, show you some ways to get more involved, and recommend some ways to stay up-to-date on everything that's going on: How to Join in the Community.

If you have questions, click my name above this comment, then ask in the comment section of my page. We want to help!

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posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Geoffrey --

You've been here a week now, and we hope you enjoyed your first stop on your guided tour of WikiTree and were able to make good use of the things you learned.

Our next stop will give you some pointers on how to make your profiles stand out: How to Make the Most of a Profile.

As always, your questions are welcome!


Hi Geoff,

I proposed the merge of Christian Hume (she married Henry McGregor) - merge of Hume 568 and 985.

As for editing family relations see: Editing family relationships.


posted by David Selman

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