M is for Mary

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.

My genimate Chris recently blogged about her two Aunt Marys.  Today, thanks to Trove I am able to learn a little about more about my Aunt, Mary Aileen Curry (1923-2014).

Aunty Mary suffered quite a deal as the result of an accident in which she lost an eye as a child. Aunty Mary took this disability in her stride.


1926 ‘Spencer.’, The Gosford Times and Wyong District Advocate (NSW : 1906 – 1954), 18 February, p. 3. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article161110901

News to me is that Aunty Mary attended Holy Trinity Convent School in Canowindra and was a year behind my Uncle Tom. In 1937 Mary achieved good results in her examinations.


1937 ‘Diocese of Bathurst’, The Catholic Press (Sydney, NSW : 1895 – 1942), 18 February, p. 10. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article104393083

I knew that Aunty Mary left home to work in Forbes, NSW but I didn’t know when or where she worked.


1942 ‘About People’, The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 – 1954), 13 October, p. 2. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219510430

At Aunty Mary’s 90th birthday I shared a story she told me about my Dad. Apparently Aunty Mary’s suitcase fell off the vehicle in which she was travelling to Forbes where she worked from Canowindra where the family lived. Aunty Mary lost many of her possessions. She told me how touched she was when my Dad gave her ten pounds towards replacement of her belongings. I believed the story but now have confirmation of the accident from a contemporary source.


1945 ‘About People’, The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 – 1954), 5 January, p. 2. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218691812


1945 ‘Advertising’, The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 – 1954), 5 January, p. 5. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218691823

I didn’t know that Aunty Mary was a member of the V.A.D. (Voluntary Aid Detachment).


1945 ‘About People’, The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 – 1954), 26 January, p. 4. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218694258

Aunty Mary moved to Sydney with her younger sister Kathleen in the late 1940s. They lived in a flat in Springfield Avenue, Potts Point. I remember meeting Aunty Mary’s friend, Kath Jones, on several occasions.


1948 ‘About People’, The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 – 1954), 12 March, p. 2. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218418670

When I was a little girl in the fifties I remember visiting Aunty Mary at the offices of Goldsborough Mort where she worked in Sydney. It appears that Aunty Mary may have moved around.


1948 ‘About People’, The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 – 1954), 3 February, p. 6. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218415232

As the eldest niece in the family I was familiar with Aunty Mary’s activities as I got older. One of the highlights of my life was being Flower Girl at her wedding.

With Aunty Mary at her wedding – 1957.





5 thoughts on “M is for Mary

  1. Dianne

    Ow – I got the shivers reading about the eye, what a shame! I wonder if she ever found her suitcase?
    I love the little bits and bytes of their lives we can find in the newspapers.


  2. Fran @ TravelGenee

    I was thinking that future researchers will never find all these little pieces that join up to build a story. Then I remembered “social media”. I wonder if this will be archived for searching? Will Facebook charge? Will there be closed archiving till so many years have passed? Will they sell off images to Ancestry? Just wondering? I don’t think they will ever pass Trove for access to wonderful bits on the Currys.

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  3. cassmob

    How amazing that you found the story bout the suitcase, and that it was reported in the paper….unluckier than our genimate whose suitcase fell out of the car and was rescued.

    She must have been an amazing lady to survive such a terrible thing at such an early age, then go on to pass her exams and get a job. You look cute as a flower girl 🙂


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