The Cullens ‘carry on’


Bernard, 14 February 2013 · # · ·

It was a packed Mosman Room to hear Tony Cunneen’s talk on Sir William and the Cullen family of Tregoyd in Raglan Street. Tony brought a unique perspective to our project by sharing his knowledge of the Sydney legal profession’s contribution to the war effort.

A video recording of the presentation is now available. Marlene Reid, a member of Mosman’s Bicentennial committee that prepared a number of the plaques you see in the area, told me after the talk that Sir William Cullen was one of those whose contributions to Mosman should be better known. This talk is a valuable addition to resources held by Mosman Library.

Tony Cunneen also had a suprise in store. He shared seeds of the tree named in Sir William’s honour – Eucalyptus cullenii, Cullen’s ironbark – and suggested they be planted locally as a memorial to the man and his family.


The Cullen boys, William and Howard


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twofruits · 20 February 2013 · #

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Howard Cullen pictured above is mentioned in both of Allan Allsop’s diaries on 21 March 1916 – “All day off. Saw Aust. mail going through to Cairo 4 Iron- barred trucks. Met Ginger Smith & Cullen (spring healed Jack) of the Artillery. They left today.”

“Smith & Cullen, the latter is a son of our Chief Justice. They both live in Mosman and were at school with me.”

The Smith mentioned is John Roy Smith of Bardwell road.