M, #692, b. 24 August 1812, d. 6 July 1882
|Father||John Millar b. c 1788|
|Birth||24 August 1812||John Miller was born on Monday, 24 August 1812 at Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland.|
|He was the son of John Millar and Janet Stirrat.|
|Marriage||23 November 1833||John was married to Mary Wilson, daughter of William Wilson and Janet Wotherspoon, on Saturday, 23 November 1833 at New Monkland, Scotland.|
|Death||3 July 1882||John Miller died on Monday, 3 July 1882 at in the harbour at, Newcastle, NSW, Australia, at age 69; this alternate date was advised by Peter Macrea.|
|Death||6 July 1882||He died on Thursday, 6 July 1882 at Newcastle, NSW, at age 69.|
|1849||John Miller paid for their own passage to Sydney.|
|7 February 1849||He was a passenger aboard The Barque Agenoria which sailed from Plymouth, Devon, England, on Wednesday, 7 February 1849 and arrived in Sydney on 25 May 1849 under Captain R Newby.|
|1856||278 Darby Street, Newcastle, NSW, Australia||together with a blacksmith business|
|the local paper, Newcastle, NSW, Australia||after 7 July 1882||John Miller had a report on an inquest into his death appear in the local paper, Newcastle, NSW, Australia, after 7 July 1882 as follows: THE LATE CASE OF DROWNING|
Mr Ranclaud, District Coroner, held an inquest yesterday afternoon at Scott's Albion Hotel, Watt Street, Newcastle, on the body of an elderly man named John Miller, a blacksmith, who had been found drowned in the harbour on the previous evening.
Henry Secker, second steward of the S.S. Koonawarra, lying at the A.A. Company's wharf, deposed that about 8 p.m. he had just left the vessel, and was passing through a wicket gate in a wall dividing the A.A. Co's property from the government staiths; saw an object, which he believed to be a man or a woman, move and run towards the water, in the dark, called out, "what are you doing there?"
then sang out to the schooner " Alert", laying near at hand that there was a man in the water, but got no reply; ran down to another vessel and shouted an alarm, but the men on the deckhouse shut the door; met the second officer of the Koonawarra and accompanied by him searched the place, but saw nothing in the water, and reported the matter to the police; heard a splash when the man ran towards the water, but seeing his body disappear, did not think it necessary to venture in as the night was extremely dark.
W. P. Constable Robert Barr deposed to having accompanied W.P. Constable Harrison to the spot, and to having discovered the body between the ketch Maggie and the wharf, on the other side of the gate from the place pointed out by previous witness; hailed the ketch; got a light and found the body in a stooping position face down, with the feet dragging on the botton as they dragged, when he pulled the corpse ashore; tried all means of resusitation before Dr. R. Harris arrived; searched the body at the dead-house and found two half-soverigns,1s 6d in silver, two coppers a pair of spectacles, and some papers by which deceased was subsequently recognised; it was low water at the time,and deceased had gone into the harbour about one or two paces.
John Peterson, landlord of the Market Wharf Hotel, identified the body as that of John Miller, whom he had known for many years; on the day of his death about noon he visited his hotel in great pain, and was shewn into a room to fix a truss which he wore, being perfectly sober at the time; conversed with him for a considerable time, and the pain returning again, shewed him into a room, where he remained a considerable time; deceased returned to the bar and had some schnappe, and about 4 p.m. seemed in much greater pain, and again went into the room, where witness attended him, and let him lay down until 7 p.m; then called to know how long he was going to remain, as the room was engaged, and deceased rose, saying he would go home; witness having to attend a lodge meeting, told his groom to look after him; while in conversation deceased said he wanted a case of gin, paid for one; in his agony said he wished God Almighty would relieve him, but never alluded to anything about self destruction.
Dr. Richard Harris, Government medical officer, deposed to death having occurred from drowning; recognised the body as that of John Miller, of Darby Street, whom he was intimate with for many
years; did not think it possible he would have committed suicide; he had been suffering from a painful disease for many years.
The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.
|Mary Wilson b. 20 Dec 1813, d. 8 Sep 1881|
|Last Edited||21 May 2007|