Monthly Archives: April 2016

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.


 

 

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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.

V is for Volney

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.


Volney Curry is my choice for V as I was fascinated by the name Volney. The Meaning of Names site tells me that Volney is a German name meaning “peoples spirit”.

My CurryAus database tells me that Volney is one of six (that I have identified so far) children of George Curry and Mary Emma Geddes of Cootamundra. Perhaps Mary Emma had German ancestry or maybe the parents just liked the name Volney.

Much I can find about Volney on Trove centres around family weddings.

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In September 1910 Master Volney Curry presented his sister May and her bridegroom, George Powell with a bread plate (1910 ‘WEDDING BELLS.’, Cootamundra Herald (NSW : 1877 – 1954), 13 September, p. 4. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article144031710).  In 1911 Master Volney Curry gave his brother Reginald and new bride, Eliza McDonald, a sugar basin as a wedding gift (1911 ‘JOY BELLS.’, Cootamundra Herald (NSW : 1877 – 1954), 24 February, p. 4. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article139579598).

By 1921, when his brother Walter married Edith Ashton ,Volney had risen to be “Best Man”at the event (1921 ‘WEDDING.’, Illawarra Mercury (Wollongong, NSW : 1856 – 1950), 15 July, p. 4. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article136372138).

It was finally in 1924 that Volney walked down the aisle to greet his bride, Helen Dolina McDougall.

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1924 ‘WEDDINGS.’, Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 – 1938), 25 April, p. 27. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article101527664

There are numerous mentions of the Currys of Cootamundra in the local paper, The Cootamundra Herald (NSW : 1877 – 1954). I will need at least a day to transcribe all the information in obituaries, social columns and news items in that one publication

U is for Una

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.


As I approach the finish line with this challenge I am finding myself challenged by more of the letters. I have several Unknown Currys in my list, no male forenames beginning with U and just a sprinkling of female forenames ie Ulrike, Una, Unity and Ursula.

This will be a short post about Una Curry from West Wyalong.

Una’s Fifth Class Exam Results were reported in a local paper. She would have been about 11 years old in 1932.

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1932 ‘PRIMARY EXAMINATIONS RESULTS’, Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW : 1911 – 1954), 13 December, p. 4. , viewed 14 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article143054815

Una attended The Catholic Ball in West Wyalong in 1938

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1938 ‘Catholic Ball’, The West Wyalong Advocate (NSW : 1928 – 1954), 1 July, p. 2. , viewed 14 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article185778687

By 1939 Una was working in Sydney and following in her mother’s footsteps.

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1939 ‘PERSONAL’, The West Wyalong Advocate (NSW : 1928 – 1954), 27 November, p. 1. , viewed 14 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article185703861

Unfortunately I cannot find any more information about Una on Trove or several genealogy databases. I wonder what happened to her. Local resources in West Wyalong may provide an answer.

I may also follow a hunch that Una was actually Agnes Una Curry who married Charles Prideaux at North Sydney in 1941.

 

T is for Thomas

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.


Thomas is one of the most represented names in my CurryAus database, my uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather were named Thomas but I’ll not write about them.

I’m going to be a little macabre and share some obituaries I’ve found for various Australian Thomas Currys. There is so much valuable genealogy information found in them.

Thomas Curry d.1909

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1909 ‘Death of Mr Thomas Curry.’,Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 – 1954) , 27 November, p. 4. , viewed 14 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article76908164

Thomas Curry d. 1915

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1915 ‘OBITUARY’, Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 – 1954), 8 October, p. 10. , viewed 14 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article85858800

Thomas Curry d. 1930

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1930 ‘THOMAS R. CURRY’, Lachlander and Condobolin and Western Districts Recorder (NSW : 1899 – 1952), 30 April, p. 5. , viewed 14 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article212702081

Thomas Curry d. 1931

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1931 ‘MR. THOMAS CURRY.’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 30 November, p. 6. , viewed 14 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16805480

Thomas Curry d 1938.

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1938 ‘Obituary.’, Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 – 1954), 18 October, p. 8. , viewed 14 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169406777