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W is for William

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.


By searching through Trove it has been possible to develop a timeline of the life of Rev. William Curry in South Australia.

26 October, 1927 : Passed Exams
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1927 ‘METHODIST SYNODS.’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931), 26 October, p. 9. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74305631

24 January 1928: Best Man

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1928 ‘CLERICAL WEDDING CELEBRATED AT MAUGHAN CHURCH BY REVS. W. H. CANN AND G. E. SCHAFER’, News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 – 1954), 24 January, p. 6. (HOME EDITION), viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article129163204

6 April 1928: Leaves for England
1928 ‘SOCIAL NOTES.’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931), 24 March, p. 11. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73697883

15 February 1929: Return to Australia
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1929 ‘METHODIST’, News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 – 1954), 15 February, p. 12. (HOME EDITION), viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article129220380

4 March 1938:  Transfer to Solomontown.
1938 ‘METHODIST CLERGY’, Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 – 1954), 4 March, p. 1. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article95942577

19 February 1939: Harvest Services

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1939 ‘GLADSTONE METHODIST CHURCH.’, The Areas’ Express (Booyoolee, SA : 1877 – 1948), 17 February, p. 3. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218893768

16 January 1942 : Officiated at wedding of Vila Clark and Glen Pengilly
1942 ‘WEDDING.’, Northern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 – 1954), 16 January, p. 6. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article97261883

17 October 1942 : Officiated at marriage of Kay Pavey to Lance Leslie. 
1942 ‘Wedding at Stanley Flat’, Blyth Agriculturist (SA : 1908 – 1954), 23 October, p. 3. , viewed 17 Apr 2016.

April 1945 : Transfer from Clare to Clarence Park.
1945 ‘Rural Reports’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 – 1954), 18 April, p. 2. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article43489415

16 February 1949 : William and family entertain.
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1949 ‘PASSING BY’, News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 – 1954), 16 February, p. 5. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130243501

12 April 1951 : Officiated at Funeral of  Mrs A M Pearce.
1951 ‘Family Notices’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 – 1954), 13 April, p. 20. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45701219

1954 : A picture and a precis.

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1954 ‘Pew and Pulpit’, News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 – 1954), 18 February, p. 29. , viewed 17 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article134476812

As newspaper coverage in Trove is not available past 1954 I can’t find any further information on Rev William Curry. I will have to resort to other resources to read about his later life.

R is for Ralph

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 is one very unusual R name in my database but I won’t be blogging about the chap who has it because he is alive and well. I’ll write about Ralph Curry who was born many years ago.

The first mention I find of Ralph is in his marriage notice.

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1852 ‘Family Notices’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 15 May, p. 5. , viewed 13 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12936790

Ralph and Harriet may also have been victims of crime in 1852

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1853 ‘SYDNEY GENERAL QUARTER SESSIONS.’, Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 – 1875), 12 November, p. 4. , viewed 13 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60146127

It wasn’t long before Ralph and Harriet were blessed with a daughter.

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1854 ‘Family Notices’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 10 November, p. 8. , viewed 13 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12962070

During his short life Ralph operated several pubs.

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1855 ‘Advertising’, Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer (NSW : 1845 – 1860), 22 September, p. 1. , viewed 13 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59760852

A son arrived on 1st March 1856 (1856 ‘Family Notices’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 3 March, p. 8. , viewed 13 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12983532)  and another on 16th April 1857 (1857 ‘Family Notices’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 21 April, p. 1. , viewed 13 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12994450)

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1858 ‘Family Notices’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 16 July, p. 1. , viewed 13 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13021053

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1858 ‘The Upas Tree of Intemperance:’,The Band of Hope Journal and Australian Home Companion (Sydney, NSW : 1858), 6 November, p. 367. , viewed 13 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72485501

And poor Harriet was left with the debts.

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1858 ‘INSOLVENCY.’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 20 September, p. 2. , viewed 13 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13019064

 

M is for Mary

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.


My genimate Chris recently blogged about her two Aunt Marys.  Today, thanks to Trove I am able to learn a little about more about my Aunt, Mary Aileen Curry (1923-2014).

Aunty Mary suffered quite a deal as the result of an accident in which she lost an eye as a child. Aunty Mary took this disability in her stride.

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1926 ‘Spencer.’, The Gosford Times and Wyong District Advocate (NSW : 1906 – 1954), 18 February, p. 3. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article161110901

News to me is that Aunty Mary attended Holy Trinity Convent School in Canowindra and was a year behind my Uncle Tom. In 1937 Mary achieved good results in her examinations.

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1937 ‘Diocese of Bathurst’, The Catholic Press (Sydney, NSW : 1895 – 1942), 18 February, p. 10. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article104393083

I knew that Aunty Mary left home to work in Forbes, NSW but I didn’t know when or where she worked.

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1942 ‘About People’, The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 – 1954), 13 October, p. 2. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219510430

At Aunty Mary’s 90th birthday I shared a story she told me about my Dad. Apparently Aunty Mary’s suitcase fell off the vehicle in which she was travelling to Forbes where she worked from Canowindra where the family lived. Aunty Mary lost many of her possessions. She told me how touched she was when my Dad gave her ten pounds towards replacement of her belongings. I believed the story but now have confirmation of the accident from a contemporary source.

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1945 ‘About People’, The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 – 1954), 5 January, p. 2. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218691812

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1945 ‘Advertising’, The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 – 1954), 5 January, p. 5. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218691823

I didn’t know that Aunty Mary was a member of the V.A.D. (Voluntary Aid Detachment).

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1945 ‘About People’, The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 – 1954), 26 January, p. 4. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218694258

Aunty Mary moved to Sydney with her younger sister Kathleen in the late 1940s. They lived in a flat in Springfield Avenue, Potts Point. I remember meeting Aunty Mary’s friend, Kath Jones, on several occasions.

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1948 ‘About People’, The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 – 1954), 12 March, p. 2. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218418670

When I was a little girl in the fifties I remember visiting Aunty Mary at the offices of Goldsborough Mort where she worked in Sydney. It appears that Aunty Mary may have moved around.

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1948 ‘About People’, The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 – 1954), 3 February, p. 6. , viewed 10 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218415232

As the eldest niece in the family I was familiar with Aunty Mary’s activities as I got older. One of the highlights of my life was being Flower Girl at her wedding.

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With Aunty Mary at her wedding – 1957.

 

 

 

G is for Gladys

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.


Gladys seems to have been a popular name for Curry Girls. Hopefully these articles from Trove will help me sort out all the Gladys.

Gladys Curry

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1912 ‘Local and General News.’, The Armidale Chronicle (NSW : 1894 – 1929), 10 August, p. 4. , viewed 04 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article188122542


 

Gladys Jane Curry (c.1911-1926)

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1926 ‘DEATH FROM SIMPLE ACCIDENT.’,The Richmond River Express and Casino Kyogle Advertiser (NSW : 1904 – 1929), 11 June, p. 2. , viewed 04 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article123054709


 

Gladys Curry (b.c. 1921)

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1922 ‘MANY ARRESTS’, Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 – 1931), 30 March, p. 1. , viewed 04 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article118863474


 

Gladys Curry (b.c. 1922)

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“FATALITY” The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 – 1950) 17 July 1940: 2. Web. 4 Apr 2016 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article106215919>.


 

Gladys May Curry (d.1953)

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1953 ‘Family Notices’, The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), 8 October, p. 9. , viewed 04 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206459018


 

And then there’s Gladys from Merewether, NSW who was quite a performer!

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NSW Government Gazettes

When will I ever find the time to follow these results up?

I was delighted to see that in its latest update Trove, has some beaut new features, an updated look in the newspaper area and one major new resource that has yielded quite a few snippets of information on Australian Currys.

Covering the period from 1832-2000 the New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 – 1900) and Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001)  provide full text of :

  • Government Gazette Notices
  • Government Gazette Private Notices
  • Government Gazette Proclamations And Legislation
  • Government Gazette Appointments And Employment
  • Government Gazette Tenders And Contracts
  • Government Gazette Index And Contents
  • Government Gazette Budgetary Papers Government Gazette
  • Freedom Of Information
  • and probably some other categories I have missed.

I carried out some preliminary searches to see what I could turn up for Currys

I did a simple search for the word Curry, the surname which is the subject of my surname study,  although I cannot find any results prior to 1880 (must check further to see what the actual coverage is) I found plenty. I will need to narrow down the 1,903 hits I got for this term and slowly work through the results.  The first page of hits promises to be most useful:
http://trove.nla.gov.au/gazette/result?q=curry&l-state=New+South+Wales (accessed 29 February 2016)