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J is for John Curry

Thanks to Linda Curry for giving me permission to post this on the CurryAus blog.

The Curry Apple Orchard

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 b 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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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)