Curry Reserve in
Camden was named after Patrick's descendants
"I have reared a large
family in comfort, want for nothing."
Curry - Sydney Morning Herald 8th June 1848
Patrick (born 17 March 1800 in County Clare, Ireland) , my first Curry
forebear to set foot on Australian shores, arrived on the Hooghley,
through the courtesy of the government, in 1825. His wife, Ellen Moore,
who was also a convict arrived in the same year but on a different ship, the
Patrick and Ellen were forced to
live apart for their first years in Australia. Once they had
served their time they were able to cohabit at Camden
where they produced a number of offspring. Daniel their firstborn
was the first white child to be born in the district. Ellen died
in 1841 after giving birth to a son Terance. After Ellen's untimely
death Patrick married two more times - to Ellen Connors and Margaret
O'Loughlin. Patrick fathered two more daughters with Ellen
Patrick was a successful tenant
farmer on the Macarthurs'
Camden Park Estate. He died at Camden at the ripe old age of 80 on
September 3rd, 1880. Patrick's spirit lives on through the lives
of his many descendants.