G6 Nancy Cullen (nee Graham)

This article is about Nancy Irene Cullen (nee Bice) a great great grandaughter of Timothy Sullivan through her great grandmother Ellen Henwood, grandmother Ellen Bice, and mother Nelly Irene Graham.

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Nancy Graham, the only child of Pastor Ross Graham and wife Nellie (nee Bice), was born at Warnambool Victoria on 03/07/1917.

No records of her school attendance have been located.

Most of what is known about Nancy and her husband have been gathered from Newspaper Articles.

Nancy and husband to be Hedley Cullen were both involved in musical and dance events prior to their wedding, with Nancy Graham inheriting the musical and vocal talent of her mother.

Nancy married Hedley Cullen in on 08/06/1940 at the home of her father, Pastor Ross Graham, at 44 Wright St Croydon, a small wedding with only about 15 attending. The Cullens had no children. 

Hedley Keith Cullen, born 20/07/1915, enlisted in the Army on 23/12/1941. He was posted to the 25/33 Australian Garrison Battalion whose primary role during the war was as guard at the Loveday (Riverland) internment camp. Hedley Cullen was a photographer, and some of his photos from the Loveday Camp have been preserved in state and national archives, with other photos in the SA Art Gallery. He was discharged from the army with the rank of Lance-Sergeant in January 1946.

Hedley Cullen was a talented singer, actor and stage producer, in the years before and after his marriage through to the 1950s often performing alongside wife Nancy. He had film roles in “Storm Boy”, “The Last Wave” and “Sunday Too Far Away,” and on at least one episode on the TV cop show “Matlock.” He is most popularly remembered for his role as “Deadly Ernest” presenting Friday night horror movies on Channel 10, straight after “Number 96”

Nancy Cullen was a talented performer in her own right, as a playwright, actor, costume designer, pianist, vocalist and singer. She sang classically as a contralto and mezzo-soprano, often appearing in productions with Hedley

Hedley Keith Cullen died on 05/1/1994, aged 79, residing at Dernancourt. His remains were cremated. Wife Nancy aged 86 died on 26/01/2003, and she is buried at CheltenhamCemetery in the same grave as her mother.