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.
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!
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
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
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.
1922 ‘MR. JAMES CURRY’, The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 – 1954), 10 November, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article162784255
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.
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