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,, and I am a contributor to and I maintain a Society blog 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 ,2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and Official Blogger at AFFHO12 and AFFHO2015. You can find my family at

CurryAus on Stage

The nerves are kicking in as I prepare go on stage later this week to talk about my Surname Study, CurryAus.

I will be joining experts Kirsty Gray, Sillifant Study, and Janet Few, Braund One-Name Study, in a panel presentation “Surname Studies – the why, the how and much
more! ” at THE Genealogy Show 2019 on Saturday this week in Birmingham. As the newbie on the panel I hope to learn some tips from Kirsty and Janet. I will also share my experiences as a beginner Surname Student using 21st century tools to manage her study.

My message will be “If you are contemplating a Surname Study – JUST DO IT!”

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If you are in the area please call unto THE Show where you will meet and hear from a gathering of genealogists from all all around the world.




Dangerous Times

When trawling through Trove to find more Currys I have come across a reports of several mishaps. Our forebears certainly lived in dangerous times.


“Mr. Ernest Curry, while hay carting, had the prong of a pitchfork driven through his leg, necessitating anti tetanus treatment.”

1938 ‘COOLAMON’, Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1881 – 1938), 23 December, p. 5. , viewed 28 Apr 2019,
“On Saturday morning last Mr Joseph Curry, a local engine driver, met with a very painful and serious accident. He fell on to an iron fender, striking it with such force as to almost sever his nose from his face and lacerating bis forehead. The unfor-tunate man was removed to the hospital, where Dr. Bray, after removing the broken bone, replaced the feature. He is progressing as well as can be expected.”
1903 ‘ACCIDENT TO MR. JOSEPH CURRY.’, Leader (Orange, NSW : 1899 – 1945), 15 June, p. 2. , viewed 28 Apr 2019,
Mr. Jim Curry, Buchanan street, Kandos, who is employed at the Kandos coal mine, was on Wednes-day admitted to Rylstone District Hospital with the index finger of his right hand badly crushed. While clearing away coal, etc., from the rails under a skip, to which a horse was attached, the animal moved forward, and the wheel of the skip passed over his finger. It is prob-able that portion of the finger will have to be amputated.
1938 ‘ACCIDENT’, Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 – 1954), 9 June, p. 7. , viewed 28 Apr 2019,
George Curry, of North Hill, met with, a serious accident last evening, while training on Forbes showground, He, was riding a bicycle round the track, when one of the wheels ran on to the wheel, of the machine in front of him, and he fell heavily, sustaining a broken collarbone, besides being cut about considerably.
1915 ‘CYCLING ACCIDENT.’, The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 – 1954), 21 December, p. 2. , viewed 28 Apr 2019,
Joseph Thomas Curry, of ‘Apanie’ via Oberon reported to Bathurst police that his car ran off the road while travelling to Bathurst on Monday. He sald the Incident occurred on
a left hand bend -about 17 miles from Bathurst. * The car suffered minor damage and! no one was injured.
1953 ‘CAR ACCIDENT’, National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW : 1889 – 1954), 5 August, p. 2. , viewed 28 Apr 2019,
Donald Curry, 26, of Edgecliffe Road, Woollahra, was badly beaten up by a gang of  hooligans at The Entrance on Saturday night. Dr. Wallace King treated Curry for a fractured nose, concussion, and severe lacerations. The ambulance took Curry to Gosford
and the police sent him to Sydney by train.
1938 ‘MAIN BADLY HURT’, Man on the Land (Gosford, NSW : 1936 – 1938), 19 April, p. 4. , viewed 28 Apr 2019,

The Amateur on the Panel

I’m an amateur genealogist, I don’t profess to be an expert but I try to be diligent  in my research efforts. I enjoy dabbling with CurryAus, my Surname Study, because it gives my brain cells a real workout as I try to merge the jigsaw of all the Curry records I find into a coherent collection of family trees.

It was a pleasant surprise when I was invited to join two professionals and Surname Study experts in a panel presentation, Surname Studies – the why, the how and much more!, at THE Genealogy Show 2019 in Birmingham in June.

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I am sure that I will learn more from fellow panelists, Kirsty Gray, Founder of the Surname Society and Janet Few, The History Interpreter,  than I will contribute to the session. I aim to enthuse a few beginners to start up a surname study and share some tips that rookie surname studiers can employ as they start out on their Surname journeys.

Whether you are already undertaking a Surname Study or you just want to know the whys and hows of Surname Studies I can promise that this will be a lively and entertaining session.



I’m a little disorganised with my approach to the CurryAus study. If I find a new useful resource I go off on a tangent and see if I can find any Curry references in that resource.

Although I suggest this as a good resource for general research I had never checked AHPRA, The Australian Health Protection Agency Register of Practioners, for details of my Currys.

I dipped into this resource today to see who I could find. Firstly I put Curry into the Family Name field of the search box and was rewarded with 50 results in alphabetical order. I got a message telling me that 50 was the maximum number of hits displayed and, that if I wanted more, I should narrow my search. That I did.

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AHPRA Search Box

I narrowed by State/Territory and found these Currys:

  • ACT – 3
  • NSW – 35
  • Queensland – 10
  • South Australia – 4
  • Tasmania – 2
  • Victoria – 18
  • Western Australia – 4

I was able to tie two of the results to people in my database

Among those in the full list were 50 nurses,  1 dentist, 2 occupational therapists, 2 pharmacists and 6 medical practitioners.

As I really should be doing other things I added AHPRA to my CurryAus Resource Progress spreadsheet to be checked, noted what I had done and went back to the tasks at hand.


CurryAus Resource Progress. Green indicates completed

Trove Tuesday: Married 100 years ago

The Bride, Mrs Ruby May Bradford, was the widow of  George Edward Bradford. She was born to Christian Edward Curry and Christina McKay in Cootamundra, NSW in 1893.

In contrast to her second marriage Ruby May’s first wedding in 1914 received good coverage in the Forbes newspaper. Her first husband George had died for his country in 1915.


1918 ‘DISTRICT NEWS.’, Western Champion (Parkes, NSW : 1898 – 1934), 4 July, p. 19. , viewed 04 Jul 2018,

News from Queensland

The Queensland Government has announced a new Family History Research Service that makes it easier for family historians to search the Queensland indexes to historical records online. This new search engine went live today at 8.30am.  The new service is person centric, so one only has to perform one search to get birth, death and marriage results in one list. One can then order record images and certificates directly from the results.

This is fantastic for those conducting Surname Studies. I just entered the search term Curry and I was rewarded with 1684 results. As I won’t be ordering any certificates at this time I did not test out the ordering facility.


Results for Curry Search

What I liked is that the results I have seen so far include the actual dates of the events rather than just the year of registration thus making it easier to compare the results with other sources.

Up until now I had not made a concerted effort to search the Queensland Indexes – I must have known that a new search was coming!!

Now I just need to find the time to enter all this information into my database.

CurryAus on Facebook

I have recently had great success in connecting and collaborating with those with shared interests in some genealogy groups on Facebook so I have created a CurryAus Facebook Group : a meeting place for descendants of Australian Currys.


CurryAus Facebook Group

The description I have put on the Facebook Group is “G’day, I am Jill aka GeniAus who is conducting a study of the surname Curry in Australia. I have established this group as a place where Australians with Curry ancestors can meet Curry cousins and tell stories of their Curry ancestors. Your discussions will assist me in sorting the 8,000+ Curry records I have in my surname study database into family groups. To protect your privacy this is a closed group – only those who answer questions asked when applying to join the group will be able to see your discussions.”

If you have Curry connections downunder please join this new Group.