James Vincent Sullivan was born in Cork, Ireland in 1861. He arrived in Australia in about 1885, later crossing to Tasmania. He married Frances Bingham on 18 Oct 1886 in Hobart. They had three children: Vincent, born and died in 1889, Mary in 1897 (later Sister Mary Attracta) and Josephine in 1900. He had a long career as a journalist, working for the greater part at The Examiner and was the first president of the Northern Tasmanian sub-district of the Australian Journalists' Association. He was president of the St Vincent de Paul Association from its inception until his death and served time as president of the Chamber of Commerce, Launceston Benevolent Society and Hibernian Benefit Society. He was a prominent adherent of the Church of the Apostles, taking part in all Catholic organisations and had a medal conferred on him by the Pope in 1931. He died aged 75 in Launceston on 15 May 1937 and was buried at Carr Villa A4 187.