G5 08 Dorothy Rundle May (nee Sullivan)

Dorothy Rundle Sullivan is a great grand-daughter of Timothy Sullivan through her grandfather Samuel Grose Sullivan and her father John Rundle Sullivan.

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G5     TS/SGS/JRS/ DOROTHY RUNDLE MAY (nee SULLIVAN) (1924 -     )

Dorothy is the eldest and only surviving daughter of John Rundle Sullivan and wife Clyda (nee Roach), and was born in Adelaide in 1924.


She grew up on the orchard property at South Payneham (Firle), and can recall accompanying her father into the East End Markets with produce.

She had two younger sisters, Gladys Millicent and Clyda Marjorie, had cousins Margaret and Phillip Sullivan (father Wilf) living nearby, and enjoyed visits from her Broken Hill cousins Ron and Geoff Sullivan (father Ernest) during many school holidays. Her grandmother Hannah Maria Sullivan and Aunt Elsie May Sullivan also lived on the property from her earliest years. 

Photo shows top left Margaret Rendle Sullivan, top right Dorothy Rundle Sullivan, bottom right Gladys Millicent Sullivan and bottom left Clyda Marjorie Sullivan, circa 1938.
The background to the picture is mulberry and fig trees outside the back verandah at "Kurrajong".
Photo courtesy of R Sullivan

Dorothy attended Presbyterian Girls College  (now Seymour) at Glen Osmond, travelling by bus from Firle down Magill Rd to Portrush Rd, then catching a second bus which ran from North Walkerville up Portrush Rd to the front entrance of the college.

After leaving school  she attended a business training college in Adelaide.

On 30-11-1946 aged 22 she married Lancelot May in Adelaide.Sortly after the birth of their first child Clyda the May family went overseas for Lance to gain additional qualifications. On their return in 1953 after 3 years in England and Wales, the "Advertsier" reorted on a welcoming home party at Payneham hosted by father Mr J R Sullivan and dister Marjorie Sullivan. Some who called in included Mr and Mrs Phillip Sullivan, and Mr and Mrs W Bayly.

Lance May became the first professor of Plant Physiology at the Waite Institute, and the first Hon. Secretary of the Australian Society of Plant Physiologists He died prematurely in 1965 at the age of 39.

Dorothy then in her early forties embarked on a 13 year career at her old school as an art teacher until her retirement. She has been active in her retirement and continues with voluntary work at "Resthaven" and is active in womens Probus.

The Mays had two children, Clyda Rundle May born in 1950, and Ian Harris May born in 1954.

 Clyda married Richard Cherry in 1978 and they have two sons, Thomas and Edward.

Ian married married   in 19?? and they had one daughter Stephanie. Ian is now divorced. 


Issue Birth Marriage Death
Clyda Rundle May 26/04/1950 in Adelaide 1978 age 28 m Richard Cherry in Adelaide
Ian Harris May 04/04/1954 in Adelaide

Clyda and Richard Cherry have two children, Thomas and Edward, and they live in Tweed Heads.