Eric Johnston (NT Administrator)

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Commodore
Eric Johnston
AO, OBE
Administrator of Northern Territory
In office
1 January 1981 – 1 July 1989
Preceded by John England
Succeeded by James Muirhead
Personal details
Born (1933-07-29)29 July 1933
Shanghai, China
Died 26 February 1997(1997-02-26) (aged 63)
Darwin, Australia
Spouse(s) Jeanette Anictomatis
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1947–1980
Rank Commodore
Commands HMAS Perth (1976–77)
HMAS Vendetta (1969–70)
Battles/wars Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Vietnam War
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Commodore Eric Eugene Johnston AO, OBE (29 July 1933 – 26 February 1997) was a Royal Australian Navy officer and the Administrator of the Northern Territory from 1 January 1981 to 1 July 1989. During his naval career he commanded HMAS Vendetta in the Vietnam War.[1] Later he commanded HMAS Perth from 1976 to 1978.[2] After Cyclone Tracy, as Naval Officer Commanding Northern Australia, he was involved in the administration of emergency naval assistance.[3][4] He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1970,[5] and an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988.

The Eric Johnston Lectures of the Northern Territory Library were named in his honour. He gave the first Lecture in 1986.[6]

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Government offices
Preceded by
John England
Administrator of the Northern Territory
1981–1989
Succeeded by
James Muirhead