Scotch Broth or Irish Stew

I wouldn’t mind stealing the title of this post for my blog but it already belongs to a hefty tome, Curry, scotch broth or irish stew, that I found in our State Library of NSW on a recent visit. It’s an apt title because most of the Currys in Australia are descended from Irish or Scottish families, there are just a few English Currys.

I found this book frustrating to use and handle but it was a great help to me in reconstructing the family of  John Curry and Margaret Bowes who emigrated to Australia with a tribe of offspring on the Oriental in 1850.

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John Curry and Family on The Oriental 1850 (http://srwww.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.asp?series=NRS5316&item=4_4786&ship=Oriental)

As I haven’t finished going through the book which (can you believe it) is unsourced I need to return to the State Library of NSW  to use it again. The clues it gives for names and places enables me to check my database, locate sources and create a tree for all of John and Margaret’s descendants.

I can’t fathom why the author created such a big book with acres of white space. With careful setting out it could be half the weight and size. At least my arms are getting some exercise as I handle it.

See: Individual Summary – John Curry

A to Z Reflections

survivor-atoz 2016 v2 - sm_zpsx3dtq1n6.jpgI’m a compulsive volunteerer and joiner-inner so when I saw that quite a few of my Genimates were participating in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge I joined up at the last minute. I therefore had no time to prepare and think about what I had let myself in for so I made some newbie mistakes.

Yes, I will do it again but I won’t repeat the mistakes I made this year. I liked my theme but it also caused me problems as each of my posts required me to devote between 1-4 hours to research and writing up. As I was concerned about some unforeseen event occurring that would prevent me completing the challenge I put a lot of pressure on myself to get ahead of the challenge calendar. When I completed all the posts about ten days ahead of time there was an enormous sense of relief.

My topic was rather dull and dry and not of great appeal to a general audience. Next time I will probably choose one of my other blogs and a topic that will allow my voice and personalty to come through in the posts. I’ll also choose a topic that will allow me to share some of the thousands of photos I have taken on my travels. As I was not aiming for immediate gratification this wasn’t a huge problem. I was wanting to get my stories out into the blogisphere  where they can act as Cousin Bait for folk who in the future may be searching  for their Curry ancestors in Australia. The challenge gave me the impetus to write some of those stories.

I chose my CurryAus blog for the challenge as it is the least known of my blogs and I thought it would benefit from some extra exposure. Although it did not have a huge number of visitors I was quite pleased that the challenge brought me new genealogy contacts in Australia and further afield. I had a few visitors who were disappointed to find that it wasn’t a food blog about Curry cooking downunder.

As my interest is genealogy and family history I enjoyed finding new geneablogs to follow. This would be made easier if the organisers could create a category for genealogy/family history blogs. As it is hard to identify  a blog’s content from its title it took me until nearly the end of the challenge to find some of these blogs (and I’m sure I missed others).

I loved reading the posts from other bloggers on all manner of topics but found that I just didn’t have time to comment on as many blogs as I would have wished. It was also interesting to find that one of my genealogy contacts was also a passionate blogger, it took the challenge to let me know about her blogging activity.

As a result of the challenge, I have made some new contacts, learnt lots from the posts of Genimates , given my Surname Study some exposure, had many trips down memory lane, encouraged a fellow blogger to research her family history and seen some awful and  some awesome blogging.

Roll on April 2017…. I’ll be prepared next time.

A-Z Roundup

There is an new song buzzing in my ear today. Courtesy of Dora the Explorer I can sing We did it. But why we?

Without the encouragement of my genimates and other bloggers I would never have made it to the finish line of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. Thanks to those new and old friends who have visited CurryAus over the past month.

Like Dora I went exploring  but through the Curry forenames in my surname study database and shared some of the articles I found on Trove relating to Currys I hoped that I would have the stamina to complete the challenge and I did it.

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I will pen my thoughts about the challenge over on my GeniAus blog later in the week of but for now I’m borrowing an idea from fellow challengees, Maria and Pauleen, and posting a compilation of my posts here in case any of my readers want a convenient way to get a dose of Curry.

A is for Albert

B is for Beatrice

C is for Charles

D is for Daphne

E is for Ernest

F is for Ferris

G is for Gladys

H is for Hedley

I is for Irene

J is for Jill

K  is for Keith

L is for Lost (and Leslie too)

M is for Mary

N is for Nicholas

O is for Oswald

P is for Patrick

Q is for Quinn

R is for Ralph

S is for Sophia

T is for Thomas

U is for Una

V is for Volney

W is for William

X is for Xavier

Y is for Yvonne

Z is for Zena

 

 

Z is for Zena

This month I am participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge where I will endeavour to post on this blog each day. It’s my first attempt at the challenge, I hope that I have the stamina to complete it.

I will be going through the Curry forenames in my surname study database from A-Z and,  as per the event schedule, will share some of the articles I have found on Trove relating to Currys. For problem letters like X and Q I may  resort to Google.


There are two Zs in my CurryAus database Zac and Zena. As Zac is far too young to be found on Trove  I’ll concentrate on Zena Curry nee Veney (1927-1985).

I am pleased to be able to finish off this A-Z challenge with some happy news.

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1952 ‘Engagements Announced’, Catholic Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1942 – 1954), 3 January, p. 5. (Magazine Section), viewed 18 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146747851.

And now I’m done and dusted with the Challenge I think I deserve a few zzzs.


 

 

Y is for Yvonne

This month I am participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge where I will endeavour to post on this blog each day. It’s my first attempt at the challenge, I hope that I have the stamina to complete it.

I will be going through the Curry forenames in my surname study database from A-Z and,  as per the event schedule, will share some of the articles I have found on Trove relating to Currys. For problem letters like X and Q I may  resort to Google.


It was easy to select a name for my Y post. Why? Because there is only one Y name in my database and that is Yvonne.

There are five marriages for Yvonne Curry reported in the NSW BDM Indexes but I can’t find any reports of these on Trove. I found a few references to a child Yvonne Curry around 1950 in NSW newspapers  but I won’t share these as that Yvonne may be a living person.

A sad snippet I found was the death notice of Yvonne Rose Curry (nee Rice) who died in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, NSW, aged just 25. Yvonne who had married Eric Michael Curry in 1947 left two small children.

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1953 ‘Family Notices’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 12 November, p. 18. , viewed 18 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18396528.

Yvonne was the daughter of Henry Thomas and Kathleen Irene Rice.


 

X is for Xavier

X is not for Xavier Curry.

People have been asking me if I would be able to cover the difficult letters eg Q, X, Y and Z in this challenge. Smugly I said I had it all sorted. Well, I was wrong. I had presumed that X would be easy because there are lots of Irish Currys, many of them are Catholic and Xavier is a Catholic name.  It seems that Catholic Currys in Australia have not been calling their sons Xavier.

After finding nothing on Trove. I did a Google search and came up with one Xavier Curry (living) so I didn’t pursue him any further. I then tried an Ancestry search limited to Australia. No Xaviers.

The best I can do is a burial record for Jackson Xavier Curry who died in Finley, NSW in 1996.

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When I started out on this challenge I aimed to make my posts short and sweet. I have achieved this with X. 

 

 

 

W is for William

This month I am participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge where I will endeavour to post on this blog each day. It’s my first attempt at the challenge, I hope that I have the stamina to complete it.

I will be going through the Curry forenames in my surname study database from A-Z and,  as per the event schedule, will share some of the articles I have found on Trove relating to Currys. For problem letters like X and Q I may  resort to Google.


By searching through Trove it has been possible to develop a timeline of the life of Rev. William Curry in South Australia.

26 October, 1927 : Passed Exams
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1927 ‘METHODIST SYNODS.’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931), 26 October, p. 9. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74305631

24 January 1928: Best Man

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1928 ‘CLERICAL WEDDING CELEBRATED AT MAUGHAN CHURCH BY REVS. W. H. CANN AND G. E. SCHAFER’, News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 – 1954), 24 January, p. 6. (HOME EDITION), viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article129163204

6 April 1928: Leaves for England
1928 ‘SOCIAL NOTES.’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931), 24 March, p. 11. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73697883

15 February 1929: Return to Australia
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1929 ‘METHODIST’, News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 – 1954), 15 February, p. 12. (HOME EDITION), viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article129220380

4 March 1938:  Transfer to Solomontown.
1938 ‘METHODIST CLERGY’, Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 – 1954), 4 March, p. 1. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article95942577

19 February 1939: Harvest Services

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1939 ‘GLADSTONE METHODIST CHURCH.’, The Areas’ Express (Booyoolee, SA : 1877 – 1948), 17 February, p. 3. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218893768

16 January 1942 : Officiated at wedding of Vila Clark and Glen Pengilly
1942 ‘WEDDING.’, Northern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 – 1954), 16 January, p. 6. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article97261883

17 October 1942 : Officiated at marriage of Kay Pavey to Lance Leslie. 
1942 ‘Wedding at Stanley Flat’, Blyth Agriculturist (SA : 1908 – 1954), 23 October, p. 3. , viewed 17 Apr 2016.

April 1945 : Transfer from Clare to Clarence Park.
1945 ‘Rural Reports’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 – 1954), 18 April, p. 2. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article43489415

16 February 1949 : William and family entertain.
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1949 ‘PASSING BY’, News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 – 1954), 16 February, p. 5. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130243501

12 April 1951 : Officiated at Funeral of  Mrs A M Pearce.
1951 ‘Family Notices’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 – 1954), 13 April, p. 20. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45701219

1954 : A picture and a precis.

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1954 ‘Pew and Pulpit’, News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 – 1954), 18 February, p. 29. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article134476812

As newspaper coverage in Trove is not available past 1954 I can’t find any further information on Rev William Curry. I will have to resort to other resources to read about his later life.