Category Archives: People

J is for John Curry

Thanks to Linda Curry for giving me permission to post this on the CurryAus blog.

The Curry Apple Orchard

John Curry was born in Ancroft, Durham, England in 1831.  The 1841 Census shows that he lives with his parents James and Elizabeth and his two sisters and four brothers.  Their home is in Adderstow, Bells Hall, Bamburgh, Northumberland.  In 1851 he is 20, still living at home and is now an agricultural labourer, like his father and three brothers.  The remaining sister is a farm servant and the youngest boy is still a scholar.  They have a servant living with them but whether she works for them or the estate is not clear.

Ten years later John is a married man of 30.  He is now a coal miner in Weetslade in Northumberland at Seaton Burn Colliery House.

Seaton b Seaton Burn Colliery from Seaton Burn Memories Project

His wife Margaret Patton is two years his senior and gave birth to Andrew in Doddington in 1852, two years before their marriage. …

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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 – 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

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

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.


 

 

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.