D. T. Johnston

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D. T. Johnston
Portrait of Caucasian man with black hair, wearing a suit
Official Lake Macquarie Shire portrait of Johnston
President of Lake Macquarie Shire
In office
In office
In office
In office
Lake Macquarie Shire councillor
In office
c. 1915 – 1927
In office
In office
In office
Northern District British Football Association secretary
In office
19?? – 19??
Australian Football Association representative for Northern New South Wales

In office
19?? – 20 May, 1953

Association football career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19??–19?? West Wallsend ? (?)
National team
19??–19?? New South Wales ? (?)
Teams managed
1950 Australia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Cricket information
Role Batsman, Wicket-keeper
Domestic team information
19??–19?? Boolaroo Club
Personal details
Born David Thomas Johnston
Bulli, New South Wales
Died (aged 64)
Royal Newcastle Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales

David Thomas Johnston (sometimes spelt Johnstone, 1889 – 20 May 1953) was an Australian sportsman and local politician.

Early and personal life[edit]

Johnston was born in 1889 in Bulli, New South Wales to Isabella and John, and moved to Cardiff at the age of nine. He worked in the Newcastle Electric Supply Department for 40 years, and at one point was its commercial superintendent.[1]


Johnston played for West Wallsend and was a foundation member of the Cardiff Soccer Football Club. He played for the New South Wales representative team multiple times throughout his career. After his playing days, he moved into football management and administration. At one point, he was secretary of the Northern District British Football Association, and represented Northern New South Wales in the Australian Football Association until his death. He was also director of the New South Wales Soccer Football Association. In 1950, he was manager of the Australia national soccer team for one game against a Western Australian representative side, with Harold Barwick. The match ended in a 5–1 win for Australia.[2]


Johnston played cricket, mainly as a batsman and wicket-keeper, for the Boolaroo Club. He was the team's vice-captain in 1912, and captained the side in 1920. He was also listed as a patron of the Cardiff Cricket Club at the time of his death.

Lake Macquarie Shire[edit]

Johnston was a member of the Lake Macquarie Shire council for about 35 years, from approximately 1915 to 1950, when he did not seek reelection. He served as the shire's president for seven terms in four stints, from 1927 to 1930, from 1934 to 1937, from 1941 to 1942, and from 1949 to 1950.


Johnston died at the age of 64 in the Royal Newcastle Hospital in Newcastle, New South Wales.


  1. ^ "Death Of Former Shire Man". The Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate. 21 May 1953. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Socceroo B Matches for 1950". OzFootball. Retrieved 24 July 2017.