Teddy Johnston of Woonona

teddy johnstone woonona 1949

MAUREEN O’HARA, 3, and Maureen Regan, 3, of Liverpool Street, Woolloomooloo, yesterday gave a 20lb. Xmas cake to blind 13-years-old Teddy Johnston.

Cake for blind boy

The two girls also gave Teddy Johnston jazz caps, trumpets, nuts, sweets and balloons. The gifts will enable Teddy to entertain about 30 friends at a Christmas party. The boy, who lives at Woonona, near Bulli, has been slowly going blind. Eight months ago he started to take epileptic fits. He was discharged from Sydney Hospital on November 26 as incurable.

– Sydney Daily Telegraph Monday 19 December 1949.

teddy johnston portrait

Teddy Johnston at the age of 13

teddy johnston with mum 1949

BLIND Teddy Johnston (13), of Woonona, with his mother, left; and Nurse G. Freame, leaving Sydney Hospital yesterday. On November 15 specialists operated on his brain; but later said that no operation could restore his sight. Teddy began to go blind four years ago. Today he can only faintly see large objects from the corner of his eyes.

– Sydney Daily Telegraph Saturday 26 November 1949.

tedddy and sister

TEDDY JOHNSTON learning to play cricket at the New South Wales Blind School. His sister Judith was wicket-keeper. – The Sydney Daily Telegraph October 24 1949.

Pamela Beattie posted on the Lost Wollongong Facebook Page: “Teddy Johnston lived near to us in Woonona. There was a wooden swing set near to Woonona Beach which was very popular, but proved to be dangerous. As I was told, Teddy walked in front of the swing and was hit in the head and seriously injured.
The death occurred in Sydney on Monday morning of Edward John (Teddy) Johnston (18), son of Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Johnston of 14 Kurraba Road, Woonona. The late Edward Johnston, who had been in ill health for some years, was the brother of Judith. Yesterday morning the funeral left W. J. Williams’ Bulli chapel for the Woronora crematorium.
– South Coast Times Thursday 26 August 1954

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