Author Archives: GeniAus

About GeniAus

I am an ancient Australian ancestor hunter who was formerly a librarian, teacher and IT specialist. Fascinated by Web2.0 applications I spend every spare moment chasing ancestors and connecting with other genealogists. I blog at AndroidGenealogy.blogspot.com, Ballau.blogspot.com, geniaus.blogspot.com and geneadictionary.wordpress.com. I am a contributor to worldwidegenealogy.blogspot.com and I maintain a Society blog kuringgaihs.blogspot.com. I am a member of several Societies in Australia, England and Internationally. Proud to have been an Official Blogger at Rootstech in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and Official Blogger at AFFHO12. You can find my family at www.geniaus.net.

Trove Tuesday – Pam Curry

Since my last post I have added about another 60 articles to my CurryAus list at Trove. I have corrected the text on many of these and added  details on the people to my CurryAus database.

It’s rare to find a photo in an article so I was pleased to find this grainy one of young Pam Curry from Cardiff playing with her friend in the park in Hamilton, NSW.  I wonder where Pam is now!

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1951 ‘Flood Scenes At Maitland’, The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 – 1954), 22 January, p. 5. , viewed 16 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article157890366

Trove Tuesday – CurryAus list

I fear that I need to be like a cat and have nine lives. I have so much Curry material. One of the places I store things that I find on my Australian Currys is in a list on Trove.

Our national treasure, Trove, provides access to newspaper articles, photos, websites etc. Genealogists mostly make use of the newspaper archive but searches of the database can bring up other relevant items like music scores and voice recordings.

When I am playing in  Trove I sometimes don’t have time to deal with things I find. As a registered user I have the ability to tag items I find and create lists for later review. These can be easily accessed from one’s user profile or by a Trove search. Even a Google search will find Trove lists.

I have saved over 300 articles in my CurryAus list. I am not sure that I will ever get through them in my lifetime but at least they are preserved as a collection for anyone in the future who may be interested in the Curry surname.

See my CurryAus list here: http://trove.nla.gov.au/list?id=66583

 

Trove Tuesday – Mal Curry

One of my fave activities is Troveing. This morning I thought I’d do a  Trove search for Curry limited to Pictures, photos, objects  and Australian Content.

One of the first images I found was of Mal Curry who was an employee of the Melbourne Telegraph Office, 1949. I am so pleased that the image by Bob Kent in the SLV collection is out of copyrght so I can share it.Now I have a photo I need to find out more about Mal.

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Catalogue Record from State Library of Victoria

Missing Friends

My Genimate, Pauleen, when conducting research for a recent presentation in Ireland used the missing friends advertisements as a resource.

That gave me an idea – I just did a search on Trove using the term “Missing Persons” Curry and was rewarded with a list of hits. Some of the information I found has built on my database.

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“MISSING FRIENDS.” Truth (Brisbane, Qld. : 1900 – 1954) 24 November 1929: 19. Web. 14 Nov 2016 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203918348>.

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1928 ‘Missing Friends’, Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 – 1954), 14 October, p. 5. (First Section), viewed 14 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article58403575

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1892 ‘MISSING FRIENDS.’, The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933), 1 December, p. 2. , viewed 14 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3551911

 

Trove Tuesday – Canary Lover

The Curry snippets I find on Trove add to the stories of the people in my CurryAus database as well as confirming dates and places. This post remembers James Curry who passed away 74 years ago this week.

ttcurryj1922 ‘MR. JAMES CURRY’, The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 – 1954), 10 November, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article162784255

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.