I just came across these blogposts which recount the sad story of Robert Henry Curry (1885-1930) and his son Robert Henry Curry (1919-1930).
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.
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.
I have recently had great success in connecting and collaborating with those with shared interests in some genealogy groups on Facebook so I have created a CurryAus Facebook Group : a meeting place for descendants of Australian Currys.
The description I have put on the Facebook Group is “G’day, I am Jill aka GeniAus who is conducting a study of the surname Curry in Australia. I have established this group as a place where Australians with Curry ancestors can meet Curry cousins and tell stories of their Curry ancestors. Your discussions will assist me in sorting the 8,000+ Curry records I have in my surname study database into family groups. To protect your privacy this is a closed group – only those who answer questions asked when applying to join the group will be able to see your discussions.”
If you have Curry connections downunder please join this new Group.
Thanks to Linda Curry for giving me permission to post this on the CurryAus blog.
John Curry was born in Ancroft, Durham, England in 1831. The 1841 Census shows that he lives with his parents James and Elizabeth and his two sisters and four brothers. Their home is in Adderstow, Bells Hall, Bamburgh, Northumberland. In 1851 he is 20, still living at home and is now an agricultural labourer, like his father and three brothers. The remaining sister is a farm servant and the youngest boy is still a scholar. They have a servant living with them but whether she works for them or the estate is not clear.
Ten years later John is a married man of 30. He is now a coal miner in Weetslade in Northumberland at Seaton Burn Colliery House.
Seaton Burn Colliery from Seaton Burn Memories Project
His wife Margaret Patton is two years his senior and gave birth to Andrew in Doddington in 1852, two years before their marriage. …
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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
|http://trove.nla.gov.au/gazette/result?q=curry&l-state=New+South+Wales (accessed 29 February 2016)|