JOHNSTON, Frederick Marshall

  1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Notes
  5. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
Army
Conflict
World War I
Date of Enlistment
11/02/1916
Date of Discharge
12/01/1920
Place of Enlistment
Perth, Western Australia

Personal Details

Gender
Male
Date of Birth
12/10/1885
Place of Birth
Perth, Western Australia
Address (at enlistment)
Perth, Western Australia (previously Acton ACT)
Occupation
Surveyor
Next of Kin
Maria Johnston (mother), Mount Street, Perth, Western Australia. His father was deceased.

Unit and Rank Details

Service Number
51999
Final Rank
Sergeant
Final Unit
Engineering Detail AIF

Notes

Johnston arrived in Canberra in 1913 to work as a surveyor. He surveyed the south eastern portion of the ACT border and the Cotter valley but was working in the Mulligans Flat area when war broke out. Initially he was not allowed to enlist until December 1916; in the meantime he was transferred to work in Western Australia on the site of a naval base and the transcontinental railway. He arrived in England in July 1918 and was taken on strength with the Engineers Detail. He married in Chelsea, London in July 1919 before returning to Australia in December and being discharged in January 1920. Johnston returned to Canberra in 1922-24 to work (he surveyed the site for Telopea Park School and old Parliament House) and went on to become Commonwealth Surveyor General (1944-49), Chief Property Officer and Director of National Mapping as well as serving on the ACT Advisory Council (1945-49). He died on 24 December 1963 at his home in Newport Beach, Sydney. His son Marshall served in World War 2.

Description - height 5 feet 7½ inches, weight 115 pounds, chest 31-33 inches, fresh complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair, Church of England.

Sources

Terry Birtles, 'Charles Robert Scrivener: The Surveyor who Sited Australia's National Capital Twice', 2013
F. M. Johnston, 'Knights and Theodolites: A Saga of Surveyors', 1962
John D. Lines, 'Australia on Paper: The story of Australian Mapping', 1992
NAA RecordSearch - Series B2455 (First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920)
The Canberra Times - 28 December 1963
Image courtesy of Althea De Salis (nee Mouat)

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Freddie Johnston (second from left) at his survey camp c1915. His assistant Kenneth Stretch is at right. Surveyor Harry Mouat is on the left, his wife Iris is seated. Behind her is Mouat's assistant, Reg Kelly.

Freddie Johnston (second from left) at his survey camp c1915. His assistant Kenneth Stretch is at right. Surveyor Harry Mouat is on the left, his wife Iris is seated. Behind her is Mouat's assistant, Reg Kelly.

Frederick Johnston. Image from 'Knights and Theodolites'.

Frederick Johnston. Image from 'Knights and Theodolites'.

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