Talk:Mark John Currie

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Is this the same person as the Captain John Mark Currie, R.N., accompanied by Brigade Major Ovens, who in 1823 left Mr. Throsby's farm at Bong Bong for the purpose of exploring the then unknown country south of Lake George.[1]?--Arktos talk 11:45, 27 August 2006 (UTC)

  • Currie doesn't have an entry on the ADB although is mentioned in the articles of others, eg Wild--Arktos talk 11:49, 27 August 2006 (UTC)
  • This National Library of Australia reference to "my" explorer gives his dates as 1795 - 1874[2] and names him as Mark John Currie.--Arktos talk 11:53, 27 August 2006 (UTC)
Interesting! The biographical entry in Western Australian Exploration Volume One reads as follows:
Currie, Mark John (1795–1874). Entered Royal Navy in 1808, when he met and served with James Stirling. Both youths served under Sir Henry Blackwood, to whom Currie later (1827–1828) became secretary when Sir Henry was Commander in Chief at the Nore. Arrived as a settler with his wife and servants on the Parmelia in June 1829. He served as postmaster and harbour master, but was also a Commissioner of the Board of Audit and Control, which dealt with settlers' applications for land grants. He obtained grants at Redcliff and Matilda Bay but departed on HMS Sulphur in August 1832 to resume his naval career.
So I should say it is certainly the same person. Snottygobble 12:15, 27 August 2006 (UTC)

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Another reference to apparently the same person from
1766: The name Currie, of London. Capt Currie circa 1841; Mark John Currie, born 1785, London, son of the late Mark Currie Esq, by Elizabeth, daughter of John Close, Easby, County York, and first cousin of Raikes Currie MP. Capt Currie rose to rank of vice-admiral, died 1 May, 1874, Collington House, Thicket Road, Anerley. Also, Raikes Currie, born 15 April, 1801, member of Glyn & Co, bankers, MP for Northampton, died Minley Manor, Farnborough, Hants October 16, 1881. William Currie Esq MP, 26 George St, Westminster (1800 Holden's Directory of 1799 addresses). Leonard Currie Esq, Bromley in Holden's 1800 Directory of 1799 addresses; John Currie Esq, Bromley in Holden's 1800 Directory of 1799 addresses; Isaac Currie private, 35 New Broad Street. (Holden's Directory). (British Biographical Archives).
different birth date by a decade but same names, profession and year of death

Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names – R". Retrieved 2006-08-28. :

In early 1831, Currie constructed a brick homestead on the property near where Water Street is now situated and called it "Redcliff". In official records dated 1846, the name of the property is spelt "Redcliffe" and it appears this spelling was the usually adopted one from the early 1840's onwards. The area was subdivided in 1897.
from - may not be the same but date right
SATELLITE (1812 Fishbourne. 'Cruizer'. Sold 1824) 1812 John PORTEUS, 10/12, Deptford. 1814 to the W.Indies. 1815 Charles WHITE, W.Indies. 1816 James MURRAY, 8/15, to the Mediterranean. 1817-18 ditto, Mediterranean. 1820 Portsmouth. 1822 R. GORE, 2/22, East Indies. 1824 Mark CURRIE, 1/23, East Indies.

The above may be handy for article exapnsion--Arktos talk 02:04, 28 August 2006 (UTC)


I've added a lot of information I found in England and incorporated comments made in this page by previous contributors. In doing this I've destroyed the earlier structure and swallowed up the work done before. I apologise for this. No discourtesy to other contributors was intended. I still have a lot of work to do on this. Apuldram 17:13, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

Second Instalment. More information added. Still a number of gaps in his career. Hopefully I'll fill some of these after a visit to Kew next year. Unless someone else does it earlier.Apuldram 19:35, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

Great work. —Moondyne 23:45, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

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