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Robert (Bob) Miller (1824–1902)

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Robert (Bob) Miller (1824-1902) carpenter and trade union leader

Birth: 1824 in Durham, Northumberland, England, son of John Miller, stonemason, and Isabella, née Thompson. Marriages: (1) details unknown; first wife died in 1883. (2) 23 November 1887 at Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, with Presbyterian forms to Helen Scott, née Lutz, late Billyeald (1844-1916), a London-born widow with three children. They had one son. Death: 22 September 1902 in the Homoeopathic Hospital, Collingwood, Melbourne. 

  • Arrived in Australia in 1854. A pioneer of the Eight-hours movement and chairman of the Eight-Hours Committee for seven years.
  • One of the first members of the Amalgamated Carpenters’ Society. Chairman of the building committee for permanent Trades Hall in 1868.
  • Cause of death: influenza and senile gangrene (one month).

Sources
Merrifield Card Index, State Library of Victoria; Tocsin (Melbourne), 25 September 1902, p 5.

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'Miller, Robert (Bob) (1824–1902)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/miller-robert-bob-34507/text43354, accessed 17 July 2024.

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Birth

1824
Durham, England

Death

22 September, 1902 (aged ~ 78)
Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

influenza

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