Arthur Kerr Johnston


 KNOWN AS   Kerr
 BORN 9 November 1917 at Brisbane, Qld.
 DIED 10 May 1997 at Newcastle, NSW
 FUNERAL Privately cremated.
 FATHER James Kerr Johnston (1888-1984)
 MOTHER Mary Edith Allen (1884-1952)
 MARRIED 1 Enid Daphne Alderton (1923-) on 20 November 1943 at North Sydney, NSW.

NSW Marriage Record 21887/1943

 CHILDREN   David Kerr Johnston
Peter Warren Johnston
Helen Christine Johnston
Wallace Allen Johnston
Margaret Edith Johnston
Priscilla Lois Johnston
 MARRIED 2 Gail Denise Wilson in 1978


A/Prof Mech Engineering, University of Newcastle, NSW.

Attended Cammeray Public School where he won a scholarship to Sydney Grammar School. SMH of 18 January 1932 comments on Kerr’s Intermediate certificate results as equal best in NSW from a non-State Secondary school.

In the school hall of Sydney Grammar School the honour rolls indicate that in 1933, one A. K. Johnston shared with A. G. Basser the Wigram Allen Prize for Mathematics, and the Senior Knox Prize (the overall result of all subjects). He would have turned 16 in November 1933, at about the time of the exams and was thus too young for university.(Is this true?) So he worked for a year and sat the Leaving Certificate exams again to obtain an exhibition (scholarship).

BE (Syd 1938) PhD (Newcastle); studied at Iowa State University for some time. Moved to Newcastle in 1953. Assoc. Prof. of Mech. Eng. at Newcastle Uni 1952-88.

In retirement, taught English, French etc. at a mission in Korea. Author of The Making of Engineers in the Hunter Valley (1985). Lived latterly in Woodberry.

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