Russell was born in 1891 and known as Tuss throughout his life. He married Minnie Marguerite Thomson in 1920. They had one daughter, Joyce Winifred Hawkless in 1922 and who recently celebrated her 81st birthday and lives on the Central Coast of NSW.
Tuss was a boat builder and shipwright by trade and owned a boat building business at Greenwich on Sydney Harbour, NSW. He started the Greenwich 12-foot Squadron (flying) Sailing Club and he and Shewdy owned the flag ship. The first race was on Valentine's Day 1924.
Tuss wanted to join the AIF in World War I but was rejected due to an eye cataract. He also went through the depression and later worked as Manager at Wattie Fords Boat Building Business at Berrys Bay. He retired at 72!
He gained a Volunteer Fire Brigade
certificate during World War II and a Boiler Maker's certificate. He
was a skilled craftsman, particularly with timber, an excellent painter and
part-time inventor. He enjoyed playing the violin and mandolin.