Monthly Archives: January 2016

Trove Tuesday – Accidental Drowning

I have a list in Trove where I keep articles relating to Currys in Australia. Today, as I thought it was time for another Trove Tuesday post  I looked in that folder.

An article from The Newcastle Herald about the accidental death by drowning  of Alfred Curry looked interesting so I opened it and did some text corrections. Here is a transcription of the article:

ALFRED CURRYS’ DEATH  

Mr D. W.Reed. P.M, Coroner, held   an enquiry at the West Maitland Court- house yesterday afternoon into the death of Alfred Curry, who was drowned in the river at Oakhampton, on   November 4 Sergeant Turner conducted the evidence, which showed that de- ceased and John Nixon, a schoolboy, went to the river to swim. Ivan Smith joined them. They entered the water,   and soon afterwards saw deceased go     under the water. Deceased did not come up again. Nixon hurried away for as- sistance. Nixon said that the water   where they entered was shallow, but   there was a hole in the bed of the stream, Leslie Curry, a brother of de- ceased, said he did not know if de-   ceased could swim. Deceased’s em- ployer, Roland Smith, a farmer, said that deceased had informed him that he   could not swim. The body was re- recovered in three-quarters of an hour, and efforts to restore animation were     made without success. When Dr. A. A King arrived he found that the case was hopeless.In his opinion, the death was   due to drowning. The Coroner returned a verdict of death from accidental .    

(1928 ‘ALFRED CURRY’S DEATH.’, Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) , 10 November, p. 6, viewed 5 January, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article135400610

Wanting to add these details to my CurryAus database in Family Historian I also searched the online NSW BDM Indexes for a  death registration for Alfred but could not find one! I then did another Trove search for “Curry  drowning” with a publication year of 1928 and this is what I found in The Newcastle Sun:

COULD NOT SWIM  

Drowned in Hunter River   STEPPED INTO HOLE

Although unable to swim Albert Edward Curry, 25, went bathing in the Hunter River, near the Oakhamp- ton Bridge last Sunday. He was drowned. An inquest was held by the Mait- land coroner (Mr. Reed), to-day. Leslie Noel Curry, a farmer, living at Bolwarra, a brother, said that as far as he know his brother was un- able to swim.

John Nixon, a high school lad, liv-   ing at West Maitland. said that he     coud swim a little. The water was   shallow where they went into the   river, but there was a hole in the bed   of the stream.       ‘I heard a call,’ he said, and I  saw Curry sink. I then ran for help,   and a nearby resident came and help-   ed to search for the body.     He told Sergeant Turner (for the   police) that the water was not clear,   and the hole could not be seen. Roland Smith, a farmer, living at  Oakhampton, said that Curry had   been n his employ for three weeks.   When he heard of the fatality he   went to the river. When he arrived,   the body had been recovered. The   body had been tn the water three-   quarters of an hour.     That death was due to drowning   was the statement of Dr. A. King,     Methods to restore animation were  hopeless, he said.  A verdict of accidental death was       returned.        (1928 ‘COULD NOT SWIM.’, The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 – 1954), 9 November, p. 7, viewed 5 January, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article163975294)

Was the victim Alfred or Albert?

Back to the BDMs I went and there I found Albert Edward’s death registration number and his birth and those of his brother who was  also mentioned in the article. I went on to find a few more siblings and the parents so I have started to put together yet another Australian Curry Family group.

Lesson : Check Multiple Sources

A Blogiversary Missed

It’s just over a year since I launched this blog in December 2014 so I have missed my blogiversary !

Not being a very organised person I dip in and out of my CurryAus study at irregular intervals. As a novice I don’t know if I am going about things in a smart way but as I like to learn by trial and error I’m content.

I have found that Evernote is helping with my organisation. When I find a Curry mention somewhere (eg from a Google alert) that I don’t have time to deal with immediately I save it as a note in  my CurryAus  Evernote Notebook. When I have time  I return to the notebook and process snippet by trying to find further evidence for the facts they reveal then I add the details to my CurryAus database in Family Historian. I then add a “posted” tag to the Evernote note to  indicate that I have processed the information.

I also use Evernote to keep track of progress in recording details from small databases I come across like country cemetery lists and genealogy society indexes. I have note titled Resources Progress in which I list the Name and URL of resources I want to check. Here I record the date and where I am up to in checking each resource for Curry as I add it  to my CurryAus database in Family Historian. When I finish checking a resource I mark it with Done in bright green text. This helps to keep me on track and remember what I have already  checked.

As I hear from Currys (no-one as contacted me yet) I will also use Evernote to set up notes with their details in the CurryAus notebook.  I am sure that as time progresses I will find even more ways that Evernote can keep me organised.

Have you any  Evernote tips for me?