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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,

Curry rescues Koala

While I was researching another topic on Trove today I came across a post that mentioned a Mr F Curry from Newcastle.


Source: 1954 ‘To-day’s Topics’, Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) , 20 December, p. 2. , viewed 02 May 2017,

Trove Tuesday – Accidental Drowning

I have a list in Trove where I keep articles relating to Currys in Australia. Today, as I thought it was time for another Trove Tuesday post  I looked in that folder.

An article from The Newcastle Herald about the accidental death by drowning  of Alfred Curry looked interesting so I opened it and did some text corrections. Here is a transcription of the article:


Mr D. W.Reed. P.M, Coroner, held   an enquiry at the West Maitland Court- house yesterday afternoon into the death of Alfred Curry, who was drowned in the river at Oakhampton, on   November 4 Sergeant Turner conducted the evidence, which showed that de- ceased and John Nixon, a schoolboy, went to the river to swim. Ivan Smith joined them. They entered the water,   and soon afterwards saw deceased go     under the water. Deceased did not come up again. Nixon hurried away for as- sistance. Nixon said that the water   where they entered was shallow, but   there was a hole in the bed of the stream, Leslie Curry, a brother of de- ceased, said he did not know if de-   ceased could swim. Deceased’s em- ployer, Roland Smith, a farmer, said that deceased had informed him that he   could not swim. The body was re- recovered in three-quarters of an hour, and efforts to restore animation were     made without success. When Dr. A. A King arrived he found that the case was hopeless.In his opinion, the death was   due to drowning. The Coroner returned a verdict of death from accidental .    

(1928 ‘ALFRED CURRY’S DEATH.’, Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) , 10 November, p. 6, viewed 5 January, 2016,

Wanting to add these details to my CurryAus database in Family Historian I also searched the online NSW BDM Indexes for a  death registration for Alfred but could not find one! I then did another Trove search for “Curry  drowning” with a publication year of 1928 and this is what I found in The Newcastle Sun:


Drowned in Hunter River   STEPPED INTO HOLE

Although unable to swim Albert Edward Curry, 25, went bathing in the Hunter River, near the Oakhamp- ton Bridge last Sunday. He was drowned. An inquest was held by the Mait- land coroner (Mr. Reed), to-day. Leslie Noel Curry, a farmer, living at Bolwarra, a brother, said that as far as he know his brother was un- able to swim.

John Nixon, a high school lad, liv-   ing at West Maitland. said that he     coud swim a little. The water was   shallow where they went into the   river, but there was a hole in the bed   of the stream.       ‘I heard a call,’ he said, and I  saw Curry sink. I then ran for help,   and a nearby resident came and help-   ed to search for the body.     He told Sergeant Turner (for the   police) that the water was not clear,   and the hole could not be seen. Roland Smith, a farmer, living at  Oakhampton, said that Curry had   been n his employ for three weeks.   When he heard of the fatality he   went to the river. When he arrived,   the body had been recovered. The   body had been tn the water three-   quarters of an hour.     That death was due to drowning   was the statement of Dr. A. King,     Methods to restore animation were  hopeless, he said.  A verdict of accidental death was       returned.        (1928 ‘COULD NOT SWIM.’, The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 – 1954), 9 November, p. 7, viewed 5 January, 2016,

Was the victim Alfred or Albert?

Back to the BDMs I went and there I found Albert Edward’s death registration number and his birth and those of his brother who was  also mentioned in the article. I went on to find a few more siblings and the parents so I have started to put together yet another Australian Curry Family group.

Lesson : Check Multiple Sources


I needed to do a search on in The Victoria Government Gazette for a presentation I am giving soon so I decided to do a name search for Curry. I was rewarded with several pages of hits including this person, William John Curry, who has become the latest entry in my CurryAus database in Family Historian.


When doing this exercise it hit me that Government Gazettes are an excellent source of information for my CurryAus study. When I have time I will scour that list of hits for more Curry entries. 

Trove Tuesday – Curry’s Store

From time to time I participate in the #TroveTuesday activity. On Tuesdays family historians sometimes post a story about a resource relating to their research that they have found on Trove. I don’t intend publishing each week to this blog but I will certainly contribute some posts to the Trove Tuesday theme from time to time.

My first selection is an article from 1875 about Mr Curry’s store in Wallsend, NSW

Curry's Store

Curry’s Store

1875 ‘Mr. Curry’s Store.’, Miners’ Advocate and Northumberland Recorder (Newcastle, NSW : 1873 – 1876), 28 August, p. 7 Edition: MORNING., viewed 30 December, 2014,

and for those who find the above hard to read here is a transcription:

Mr. Curry‘s Store.We are requested to remind our readers in and around Wallsend that~Mr. T.Curry has how opened out his extensive stock of groceries, drapery, fancy goods, and produce, and is anxious to treat with. every. one who drink teas or absorb sugar,sas. he intends proving to  these that a good bit of cheese preceding these, mixed with some excellent mustard and sauces of unmen-tionable and superior brands is, the very desideratum of an epicurean stomach, which, if disorganised, can be put right either with coffee or cocoa: pills or vinegar.