Some Miller and Knighton Family History, Richmond Victoria Australia

Mary Knighton 2
Mary Knighton, my mother’s aunt.

 

My mother’s aunt, Mary Knighton, married Henry William Miller in Richmond, Melbourne,Victoria on February 15, 1916, during the time of the First World War. He was 21, she was 20 years old.

Mary was the daughter of William Knighton and Margaret “Maggie” Torpey. Her mother had died giving birth to Mary. Her elder brother, James, was my grandfather.

Margaret Torpey 3
Maggie Torpey 1863-1896

 

Jim Knighton Close Up
Mary’s brother James Knighton. He was born in 1894 and died in 1945

 

Mary Knighton
Mary Miller nee Knighton,1896-1964
Henry Edward Miller 1894-1986
Henry Edward Miller, “Harry”, 1894-1986

Mary and Harry had four sons: James Henry, Edward Vivian, Henry William and Bruce Leonard. My mother was close to Ted her cousin and I remember him and his wife Ann.

Harry’s father, also called Harry, but nicknamed “Darkie” lived on the west coast of Tasmania. He was a well known athlete and boxer.

Henry Miller 1864-1953

Young Harry Miller 1864-1953

Harry Darkie Miller
Harry Darkie Miller 1864-1953
Harry Darkie Miller Zeehan & Dundas Herald 24 June 1921
Harry Darkie Miller Zeehan & Dundas Herald 24 June 1921

 

Harry Miller Fight 1904 Hobart Mercury June 6 1904
Harry Miller Fight 1904 Hobart Mercury

 

 

Harry Miller Benefit 20 Aug The Hobart Mercury 1921
1921 Hobart Mercury Benefit for Harry Miller

 

 

Harry Miller The Mercury Hobart 29 Aug 1921
Harry Miller The Mercury Hobart 21 August 1921

 

 

 

He is also said to have been a circus circus performer but I have no evidence of this.

Lydia England 1876-1895
Lydia England 1876-1895 mother of Harry Miller who married Mary Knighton

His first wife Lydia died young.

He remarried Isabella Kalmbach and had three more children with her in Zeehan on the west coast of Tasmania.

 

Ted Miller was the grandson of Harry Miller “Darkie”and the second son of Mary Knighton and Henry Edward Miller. Ted was born in 1919 and died in 1992 in Victoria.

Electoral records show that in 1942 Ted was working as a polisher and living at 126 Elizabeth St Richmond with his parents and brother James. His father worked as a masseur with a football club. Not sure which one?? anyone know…probably Richmond. James was in the boot trade. Ted lived here until his marriage to Ann Edwina Tribe. They lived in Bentleigh until after 1977 when they moved to Arthur’s Creek Diamond Valley Victoria.

During the Second World War Ted was in the medical section of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Edward Vivian Miller Service Record WW2
Service Record of Ted Miller WW2

Ted was injured during the war. While he was convalescing he decided that he wanted to train as a nurse.

He was an early graduate of the St Vincent’s School of Nursing. He went on to hold senior nursing positions including nurse in charge of the Microsurgery Unit and of the Bolte Rehabilitation Center  His career also included several years spent in British Columbia Canada in the early 1960s to obtain obstetric nurse training.

His wife Ann was also a nurse. They met while they were training at St Vincent’s Hospital.

 

Ted Miller and nurses
Graduation photo St Vincent’s Hospital melbourne 1951
Edward Vivian Ted Miller Passes Nursing Exam The Argus 23 Nov 1951
Edward Vivian Ted Miller Passes Nursing Exam The Argus 23 Nov 1951
Ted Miller
Ted Miller, on the right, with fellow workers at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Below are photos of Ted’s three brothers:

Henry William Miller 1921-2011
Henry William Miller 1921-2011
James Henry Miller 1916-1976
James Henry Miller 1916-1976

 

Bruce Leonard Miller 1923-1968
Bruce Leonard Miller 1923-1968

 

Harry & Jimmy Miller boxing featured image

Harry and Jimmy Miller Boxing

Harry Miller Boxing gloves
Harry Miller
Harry Miller Snr second fr right, Harry jnr schoolboy in Melbourne High School uniform
Harry Miller Snr, second fr right, Harry jnr, schoolboy in Melbourne High School uniform

All of the Miller brothers, Ted, Harry, Jimmy and Bruce, enlisted and served in WW2.

James Henry Miller Service Record WW2
WW2 Service Record of James Henry Miller
Henry William Miller Service Record WW2
WW2 Service Record for Henry William Miller
Bruce Leonard Miller Service Record WW2
Bruce Leonard Miller Service Record WW2
Miller Brothers in Uniform 1
Ted, Jimmy, Bruce and Harry Miller in Uniform WW2
Ted and Jimmy Miller
Ted and Jimmy Miller WW2
Bruce and Harry Miller
Bruce and Harry Miller WW2

Charles Miller Descendant Report 2015Descendants of Charles Miller Report 2015

3 thoughts on “Some Miller and Knighton Family History, Richmond Victoria Australia”

  1. Dear Kathleen
    I have been enjoying reading through the Miller family history, my parents were Henry (Harry) and Shirley Miller, so am especially interested in the photos of my Dad and uncles in boxing and military attire.
    There are some inaccuracies in the post which I would be happy to amend if you are interested. I think you have been in contact with my older brother Bruce in the past, we both recall meeting Winnie my father’s cousin at our house in East Bentleigh probably after our grandmother Mary’s funeral. Is she your Mother?
    Would love to hear from you, I am in the Hunter Valley south of Cessnock.
    Pamela

    1. Hi Pamela,
      Great to hear from you. We must be cousins of some degree, second cousins?. Winnie was my mother. She passed away in 2000.Your grandmother Mary was her aunt.
      Bruce and I corresponded and talked about our mutual family history. If you have anything extra you think would be relevant or you would like added or as you say some amendments that would be fantastic. I wonder if you remember or heard any stories or comments or anything about my grandfather, Jim Knighton, your grandmother’s brother. He died before I was born and I wished I had asked my mother more about him.
      My sister found a box full of photos when she moved, 10 years after my parents died, and there were lots of old photos I had never seen. It seems every branch of each family has some old photos but no one has them all. The internet is providing a great way of sharing family photos. I am glad you enjoyed seeing them. They are wonderful photos.Looking forward to hearing from you. regards Kathleen

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