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, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article134086324
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:
ALFRED CURRYS’ DEATH
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, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article135400610
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:
COULD NOT SWIM
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, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article163975294)
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 have only found one entry for a Curry in The Australian Dictionary of Biography.
The article tells of Bob’s interesting lif and sad end.
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.
Found on Twitter just now. But which one is Nicola?
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
1875 ‘Mr. Curry’s Store.’, Miners’ Advocate and Northumberland Recorder (Newcastle, NSW : 1873 – 1876), 28 August, p. 7 Edition: MORNING., viewed 30 December, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article142009372
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.