Miller Family - F119

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- F119
Miss M Miller at age 94.png
Miss M. Miller on her 94th birthday
Father
Name Miller
Mother
Name Miss M Miller
Lived (18 February 1831 - )
Children
Miller
 
Voyage to Adelaide in 1869
Under command of Captain John Bruce
Departure port London
Departure date 13th May 1869
Arrival port Semaphore
Arrival date 31st July 1869
Voyage duration 77 days
Port of Call
Port of call Plymouth
Arrival 14th May 1869
Departure 15th May 1869

In 1869, an English "Mr." and Miss Miller arrived at Port Adelaide on the City of Adelaide, and in 1871 a Scottish Mr. (Melville) and Mrs. Miller arrived in Port Adelaide on the City of Adelaide. Originally in our research, these were thought to be the same couple, but evidence suggests that was not the case.

The Scottish Mrs. Miller died in 1924[1] whereas the Miss M. Miller that is the subject of the biography was still alive in 1926. There was no mention of a husband in either of two newspaper articles that celebrated her birthdays. However one newspaper article suggests that she came out with her mother in 1869 suggesting that the Passenger List detail was incorrect - the list should have shown a "Mrs." and Miss Miller. That her last name was still "Miller" suggests that she remained a spinster all of her life.

From The Register of Tuesday 4 March 1924:[2]

Miss M. Miller, of Mary street, Unley, who recently celebrated her 94th birth anniversary, is a remarkable personality.

She was born near London, and came out to the State with her mother, having arrived at Port Adelaide in the ship City of Adelaide on July 31, 1869.

For some years Miss Miller resided with her brother, who was a chemist at Strathalbyn, and the family were actively associated with matters that were in the interests of that town. Among her many activities was the assistance rendered in the building of the Church or England. She relates incidents of many years ago in interesting manner, and has a remarkable memory. The foundation stone of the church mentioned was laid by Lady Edith Ferguson, and by a sad coincidence the building wag draped in mourning on the, opening day owing to the death of Lady Ferguson.

Events connected with Miss Miller's girlhood days are recalled by the old lady, and vividly described. She remembers the arrival of the soldiers from the Crimean War, and many other incidents of the Victorian period. On the occasion of her latest birth anniversary numerous friends gathered at her home and celebrated the event. The party included many young people, with whom Miss Miller is very popular. Her health was proposed in appropriate terms by Mr. V.B. Simeon. In an eloquent response Miss Miller thanked her friends, and said she hoped to have many more birthdays yet. She is a keen observer of present-day events, and the columns of The Register are read to her by her lifelong companion, Mies A. Pank. Miss Miller, except for impaired sight, possesses all her facilities, and enjoys good health. Throughout her life she has ever been ready to administer to the wants of the poor and needy, and is beloved among a large circle of friends.


From The Register of Monday 22 February 1926:[3]

Miss Miller, of Mary street, Unley, celebrated her ninety-fifth birthday on Thursday night in the presence of more than 50 friends. It was a very happy and unique gathering, and the old lady was the recipient of many congratulations and gifts.

Miss Miller was born near London, and arrived in South Australia in the ship City of Adelaide on July 31, 1869. She has had a remarkable career. For many years she lived at Strathalbyn with her brother, and during her residence in that town endeared herself to the people— particularly members of the Church of England, for which she laboured zealously. Since her removal to Adelaide, 30 years ago, she has continued in the good work of administering help and relief to others.

Miss Miller is a remarkable conversationalist, and can relate the story of her life, and incidents connected therewith, in a most realistic and vivid manner. She is passionately fond of music and drama, and a keen critic.

On the occasion of her ninety-fifth birthday, Miss Miller was well and in merry mood. Mr. V. B. Simeon, a lifelong friend, in appropriate terms proposed the health of Miss Miller. The toast was supported by Mr. Coleman, and was most heartily received. Miss Miller expressed her gratitude for the kindly feelings that had been shown to her, and concluded with the wish that she just desired to live as long as her Heavenly Father permitted. Musical and elocutionary items were contributed by the guests, but the gem of the evening was a recital by Miss Miller, entitled 'King Hezikiah.' It portrayed the remarkable gifts which the old lady possesses, and without the slightest hesitation, and in dear enunciation and dramatic manner, the item was rendered word perfectly.

Obviously there is a discrepancy in Mis Miller's age as the articles which are two years apart only age her one year. The age in the 'infobox' at right corresponds to the second article which was written closer to the actual birthday. She may not have been born in 1831.


References

  1. "Death Of Mr. Melville Miller.". The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931-1954) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 21 December 1936. p. 27. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  2. "PERSONAL.". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901-1929) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 4 March 1924. p. 8. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. "PERSONAL.". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901-1929) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 22 February 1926. p. 6. Retrieved 4 June 2011.