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.
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
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.
This week I limited my Curry search on Trove to Australian Content and Availability:Online and looked at the results for Pictures, Photos and Objects. I got a few hits some of which were for food. Of the relevant images some are still in copyright so I can only share links to these. Each of these images provided information for my CurryAus database.
Les Curry Monument http://monumentaustralia.org.au/australian_monument/display/70042
Picture of Mal Curry
Source: State Library of Victoria
Headstone of Margaret Curry
2017 so far hasn’t been a good year for CurryAus. Apart from spending a few hours hunting Currys in the Family History Library after Rootstech I haven’t done much work on my database. Straight after Rootstech I set off on a five week holidat with my husband so family history matters and Curry hunting took a back seat.
Yesterday I had a few hours to kill in the city so I headed to The State Library of New South Wales and spent a few hours using their free wifi to add a few more names to my database.
I managed to go through the Daily Telegraph Tributes, Obituaries and Funeral Notices where I found quite a number of Curry entries, I was able to add all the Curry data I found there to my database so I am feeling rather chuffed.
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
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.
Catalogue Record from State Library of Victoria
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.
“MISSING FRIENDS.” Truth (Brisbane, Qld. : 1900 – 1954) 24 November 1929: 19. Web. 14 Nov 2016 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203918348>.
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
1892 ‘MISSING FRIENDS.’, The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933), 1 December, p. 2. , viewed 14 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3551911