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P is for Patrick

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 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.

It’s all Patrick’s fault. One of the reasons I started my CurryAus Surname Study is because I wanted to sort out the many Currys in Australia from my branch and to see from whence all the Currys came.

Patrick Curry/Corry from Limerick in Ireland was  my first Curry ancestor to set foot in Australia. He is my 3rd great grandfather who arrived as a convict on the Hooghley in 1825. I have read the Surgeon’s Journal  from that journey and learnt of Patrick’s struggle with and treatment for scurvy. It wasn’t a pleasant journey.

On 8th June 1848 The Sydney Morning Herald published an interview by Caroline Chisholm with Patrick on the advantages of emigration. Patrick felt that he was most fortunate to be in New South Wales. It is chilling to read his words 190 years after he arrived in Australia.

1848 ‘Advertising’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 8 June, p. 3. , viewed 17 Mar 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12902254

So, thanks to Paddy, I am plugging away at my surname study and trying to solve the CurryAus jigsaw. 




My maiden name is Curry, I am descended from an Irish convict,  Patrick Curry, who was transported to the colony of New South Wales in 1825. In addition to collecting information on Paddy’s descendants downunder I have gathered quite a few references to unrelated Currys. For a number of years I have sat on this data which may be of use to others.

Some Australian Currys 1970

Since joining The Surname Society recently I have registered a surname study for the Curry Surname in Australia. As I have never seriously undertaken a surname study before I am on my L plates, I have taken on board advice that has been shared in the Society’s forums and information on the Guild of One-Name Studies site (I’m a member there too).

I will be recording my journey on this blog and its associated pages.

If you have any Australian Currys in your tree or among your friends and neighbours I’d love to hear about them.

I am also happy to check my infant database for Curry references for tose with connections.