G5 09 Jean Lucy Hextall (nee Sullivan)

Jean Lucy Sullivan was a great grand-daughter of Timothy Sullivan through her grandfather John Sullivan and her father Arthur Herbert Sullivan.


Jean Lucy Sullivan was the seventh of eight children born to Arthur Herbert Sullivan and wife Mary (nee Alexander). She was the last of the children to be born in Victoria, and she moved with the family to the Lake Cargelligo region of NSW in 1923. She stayed with her parents through the various moves around Lake Cargelligo, and moved with them to Matcham near Gosford in 1943.


Jean got employment as a seamstress in Greens Clothing Factory in Gosford. She married 25 year old Harold Hextall in 1947. Harold was one of several brothers who had businesses within the Gosford district, Harold being the co-owner of a furniture shop in Gosford. Unfortunately Harold became ill and died early in 1951.

Jean and Harold Hextall Wedding 1947
Photo courtesy of Mrs C Griffin

After Harold's death, Jean commenced working for the Central Methodist Mission at a nursing home in Sydney. There she met her friend Gwen Gibbs, a senior nurse in the same home. Gwen was originally from New Zealand, and she inspired Jean to go to New Zealand to live for a couple of years.When Jean returned she again met up with Gwen and they became firm friends. Jean once again took up work as a nursing assistant.

JeanandBillKingIn 1967 Jean now 48 married Theodore William King in Gosford. Bill had been a former beau from the Lake Cargelligo days. Bill purchased a house in Gosford, and they were able to accomodate Gwen in a flat underneath the main house.

In later life Jean began to develop Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, requiring her to move into the Orana nursing home in Gosford around 2000. Bill sustained critical head injuries in a car accident in 2002, and died in 2006.

Jean, although very frail, remains in the same nursing home.