“Spy work, that’s easy!”
Dudley, Joan and their three children looked like your average run-of-the-mill family in the 50s and 60s. They looked like everybody else, they lived in a normal house, they appeared to have normal jobs.
But, it was all a lie. They were spies for ASIO, and their children, in particular, were the perfect ruse.
“As an adult, I look back and realise it was anything but normal,” daughter Sue-Ellen Kusher told Jonesy & Amanda.
“Before I met my husband, who said I was an utter fruitcake, I never questioned it. It’s only as an adult that I look back and think ‘sheesh'”.
The family were professionals at picking locks, and even had unusual equipment like tiny cameras and dictaphones. But, silence was key – the children were told to avoid any reference to their ‘secret life’.
They even went away on holidays with Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov who pretended to be their grandparents.