“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.


Hear Sue-Ellen’s extraordinary story here:

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