The Suburban Australian Widow Who Became a Spy

The story of Anne Neill

Older woman with silver hair looking out a window with white shutters and smiling. Nichola Scurry.
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Anne Neill was a church-going, middle-aged widow from suburban Adelaide. She was also a secret agent for the newly-formed Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). This softly-spoken woman in her 50s was the first ASIO agent to enter “enemy territory”, i.e., the USSR.



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Nichola Scurry

Nichola Scurry


Australian living in Barcelona, writing mostly about popular culture with a twist of quirky. If you like my writing, I like coffee.