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.
AHPRA Search Box
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.
CurryAus Resource Progress. Green indicates completed
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.
CurryAus Facebook Group
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.
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: