ALFRED CURRYS’ DEATH
Mr D. W.Reed. P.M, Coroner, held an enquiry at the West Maitland Court- house yesterday afternoon into the death of Alfred Curry, who was drowned in the river at Oakhampton, on November 4 Sergeant Turner conducted the evidence, which showed that de- ceased and John Nixon, a schoolboy, went to the river to swim. Ivan Smith joined them. They entered the water, and soon afterwards saw deceased go under the water. Deceased did not come up again. Nixon hurried away for as- sistance. Nixon said that the water where they entered was shallow, but there was a hole in the bed of the stream, Leslie Curry, a brother of de- ceased, said he did not know if de- ceased could swim. Deceased’s em- ployer, Roland Smith, a farmer, said that deceased had informed him that he could not swim. The body was re- recovered in three-quarters of an hour, and efforts to restore animation were made without success. When Dr. A. A King arrived he found that the case was hopeless.In his opinion, the death was due to drowning. The Coroner returned a verdict of death from accidental .
(1928 ‘ALFRED CURRY’S DEATH.’, Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) , 10 November, p. 6, viewed 5 January, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article135400610
Wanting to add these details to my CurryAus database in Family Historian I also searched the online NSW BDM Indexes for a death registration for Alfred but could not find one! I then did another Trove search for “Curry drowning” with a publication year of 1928 and this is what I found in The Newcastle Sun:
COULD NOT SWIM
Drowned in Hunter River STEPPED INTO HOLE
Although unable to swim Albert Edward Curry, 25, went bathing in the Hunter River, near the Oakhamp- ton Bridge last Sunday. He was drowned. An inquest was held by the Mait- land coroner (Mr. Reed), to-day. Leslie Noel Curry, a farmer, living at Bolwarra, a brother, said that as far as he know his brother was un- able to swim.
John Nixon, a high school lad, liv- ing at West Maitland. said that he coud swim a little. The water was shallow where they went into the river, but there was a hole in the bed of the stream. ‘I heard a call,’ he said, and I saw Curry sink. I then ran for help, and a nearby resident came and help- ed to search for the body. He told Sergeant Turner (for the police) that the water was not clear, and the hole could not be seen. Roland Smith, a farmer, living at Oakhampton, said that Curry had been n his employ for three weeks. When he heard of the fatality he went to the river. When he arrived, the body had been recovered. The body had been tn the water three- quarters of an hour. That death was due to drowning was the statement of Dr. A. King, Methods to restore animation were hopeless, he said. A verdict of accidental death was returned. (1928 ‘COULD NOT SWIM.’, The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 – 1954), 9 November, p. 7, viewed 5 January, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article163975294)
Was the victim Alfred or Albert?
Back to the BDMs I went and there I found Albert Edward’s death registration number and his birth and those of his brother who was also mentioned in the article. I went on to find a few more siblings and the parents so I have started to put together yet another Australian Curry Family group.
Lesson : Check Multiple Sources