Commandant Henry Miller's descendent comes to Redcliffe

The first European settlement in Queensland was at Redcliffe, being established as the Moreton Bay Penal Colony in September 1824.  The first Commandant was Lieutenant Henry Miller of the 40th regiment.  In the years prior to his arrival at Redcliffe, Lieutenant Miller had had a distinguished career.  He had served under the Duke of Wellington, fought against Napoleon, taken part in the unsuccessful attack on New Orleans, participated in the Battle of Waterloo as well as being part of the army of occupation in France.

After his time at Moreton Bay, Henry Miller eventually found himself in Hobart, electing to stay when the 40th regiment was moved to India.  He remained in government service in Hobart and passed away on 10 January 1866.

His son, Henry Miller (jnr.) had a distinguished and successful business and political career, predominantly in Victoria, raising a large family.

Henry Miller's great, great, great grandson, Quentin Miller lives in Victoria and has had a long standing interest in the family's history and the role that his famous forebear played in the early history of Queensland, however he had never visited Redcliffe.

The John Oxley Library’s Brian Randall with Quentin Miller, during his visit to Redcliffe

So, it was a special event to be part of Quentin Miller's first visit to Redcliffe.  He has been hosted by the Redcliffe Historical Society’s Paul Woodcock who has arranged various meetings and visits to some of the relevant historical sites on the Redcliffe Peninsula, in particular those connected with Henry Miller and the early Redcliffe penal settlement. The John Oxley Library’s Brian Randall also had an opportunity to meet Quentin and to explore and learn more about one of our very earliest European residents. The John Oxley Library will certainly be keeping in touch with Quentin as further research uncovers more about this early period in Queensland’s history.


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Please can you put me in contact with Quentin Miller?My name is Richard Miller, Capt Henry Miller was my Gt Gt Gt Uncle. My brother JULIAN and I have just been to Londonderry to inter our Father's ashes in The City cemetery. We did not know we had Australian connections until some one at the Guild Hall showed us the link.RegardsRicha d

Hi Richard, I've passed your question on to Brian Randall. He’ll get back to you soon.Myles Sinnamon – blog editor

Captain Henry Miller was my husbands great great grandfather, I would like to be put in touch with some of the other Millers. My husband is Michael Morphett Miller

I also am very keen to contact Quentin Miller. Like Quentin, I am a great-great-great grandson of Capt Henry Miller through his son Charles Morton Miller, my great-great grandfather. I have been researching my family history and discovered your blog in the process. Your assistance in putting me in touch with Mr Miller will be greatly appreciated.

Could you please put me in contact with Richard Miller who emailed to say that Captain Henry Miller was his Gt Gt Gt Uncle? I am hoping to fill in more of the ancestors of Captain Henry Miller. I would also like to be put in contact with Quentin Miller, Sue Miller and Mark Frayne, if possible. My husband Andrew J. R. Miller is a Gt Gt grandson of Captain Henry Miller, through his son Henry Miller.

I am David Miller, 3xGt grandson of Capt Henry, and Quentin's cousin, now resident in Queensland, I am interested that Capt Henry is now acknowledged as Brisbane's founder. I also have his Peninsula medals that are worn in his only known photograph. If there are any gatherings related to Henry, I would be a keen participant.

Hello Anthony David Miller.please can send me a photograph of the Peninsula Medals? i would be most interested to see them. I have also tracked down the history of the 40th Foot Regiment and think Capt Henry Miller was given the spelling as Millar.