Francis ‘Ted’ Edmund Miller was born at Cooma, NSW, in 1879, son of Edmund Percival Miller and Margaret Sarah, née Chapman. In 1914 he married Nancy Smyth at Glebe. There was one son of the marriage. He died at Leichhardt on 11 October 1935, aged 56 years, survived by his wife. He was buried with Masonic rites in the Anglican section of Rookwood Cemetery. Nancy Miller died on 12 July 1967, aged 74 years.
Occupation & interests
Francis Miller was the secretary of the Amalgamated Road Transport Workers Union,, and later Federal President. He was a delegate to the West Sydney Electorate Council. In 1931 he was appointed to the Transport Co-ordination Board by the Labor Government, later becoming a Transport Commissioner. He was subsequently appointed to the Railways Staff Appeals Board.
Miller reacted to Glebe Mayor Walsh’s suggestion to tax charities. He told Council in 1926 ‘we do not want it broadcast throughout the country that Glebe, a Labor Council, was the first to move that charitable institutions should pay rates; it would be a cruel thing to add to their burdens’. Miller was a member of Glebe Masonic Lodge. An alderman of Sydney City Council 1930-31, Miller stood unsuccessfully as the Labor candidate for Burwood in 1930. He served as a corporal in the First Imperial Light Horse in the Boer War.
Local government service
Miller was one of the first Labor Aldermen to serve on Glebe Council from 1923 to 1927. He was part of the Glebe Council motion in 1926 supporting Lang’s efforts to abolish the Legislative Council, endorsing principles of adult franchise and preference to unions, and requiring council employees to produce their union tickets.
Francis Miller was Alderman for Phillip Ward on Sydney Council, 18 June 1930 to 1 September 1931. He was a member of the Works Committee, the Electricity Committee, and the Health and By-Laws Committee from 1930-31.
City of Sydney Archives: Aldermen’s Files
Hogan, Michael 2004, Local labor: a history of the Labor Party in Glebe, 1891-2003, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW
Society of Australian Genealogists: Rookwood index
Sydney Morning Herald 12 February 1923 p. 8
Sydney Morning Herald 9 February 1926 p16 4 June 1926 p. 12
Sydney Morning Herald 19 June 1930 p. 11; 25 October 1930 p. 17
Sydney Morning Herald 23 March 1932 p. 13
Sydney Morning Herald 14 OOctober 1935 p. 8