Keith Johnson joined the Royal Australian Historical Society in 1962 and the Society of Australian Genealogists in 1964. He has served on the councils of both for many years, including terms as Vice-President of the RAHS and President of SAG on a number of occasions.
The RAHS awarded him a Fellowship in 1982 for his service to that Society and contributions in advancing the knowledge of history particularly through the production of historical publications. He was elected a Fellow of the SAG in 1975 for his services to the Society and to scholarship. In 1992 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists, London, for service to international genealogy. He was awarded the inaugural C.H. Currey Memorial Fellowship from the State Library of NSW in 1975. In 2003 in recognition of his outstanding service to genealogy and as an author and publisher of Australian family history he was appointed a member of the Order of Australia. In 2006 the History Council of NSW awarded him its Annual History Citation to an eminent historian to honour a lifetime of service to history. The Citation recognises individuals for outstanding research and scholarship and acknowledges their broader contribution through teaching, leadership, mentoring and community involvement.
Keith, with his business partner, Malcolm Sainty, has published numerous historical books over 40 years many years until “retirement” recently, Best known worldwide is their International Genealogical Directory, published annually from 1981 to 2007. But “retirement” for Keith has meant more time to devote to their Biographical Database of Australia (BDA) project, which may well be the greatest legacy Keith and Malcolm leave to historians and genealogists. Keith also brings to our cruise a rare insight and knowledge of Ireland and Irish research.
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