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.
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)
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.
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,
Geoff married Annette Williams in Coffs Harbour on 2 December 2008
They had no children
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.
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.
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.
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
Geoff Johnston (2003). Alpha to Omega, The History of Trinity Senior High School. Wagga Wagga:self published,