MILLER, Frederick

1863 - 1943

Born at Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony, South Africa on 30 August 1863, second son of George Martin Miller (1833-1887), a merchant, who was born at Bramerton, Norfolk, and his wife Caroline Jane Miller, who was born at Port Elizabeth. In 1871, 38 year old George Martin Miller was a retired farmer, living at Hill House, Bramerton with his 74 year old mother Mary, his 31 year old wife and his three sons. George was buried at St Margaret's Lowestoft on 22 August 1877, aged 44 and in 1881 Caroline was a 41 year old widow living at St Margarets Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk with two of her three sons, 18 year old Henry, a clerk in civil engineers office, and 17 year old Frederick, a commercial clerk, their third son Charles Marillier Miller, born at Eccles, Manchester in 1865, was absent. Frederick exhibited at Ipswich Fine Art Club from St Margaretís Road, Lowestoft in 1885 two pictures 'A Topsail Breeze, Oulton Broad' and 'A Condemned Boat, Lake Lothing' and although listed the previous year had nothing on show. In 1891, a 27 year old accountant, a visitor at Childown Hall, Chertsey, Surrey, the home of 81 year old John Peele, a colour merchant, and his family. In 1895 he purchased the old established Oulton Broad hire fleet of pleasure boat from Robert Kemp and continued to expand the fleet at the Old Mill House boatyard and became one of the established names in boat hire during the first quarter of the 20th century. In 1901 he was living at 18 Gordon Road, Lowestoft, a 37 year old yacht builder & agent, with his 61 year old mother Caroline. He married at Lowestoft in 1904, Susan Beckham Goff (20 September 1877-1968) and in 1911, a 47 year old yacht builder & engineer, living at Ingleboro, Oulton Broad, Suffolk with his 33 year old wife Susan, and their two children 6 year old Philippa Ruth [q.v.] and newly born Martin Edgar, who carried on the boat hire business, but died before his father, in 1941, both being born at Oulton Broad. In 1939 Frederick was a shipbuilding company director living at 52 Beccles Road, Lowestoft with his wife Susan and he died at Norwich in 1943, aged 80. Their third son Charles Marillier graduated BA at Pembroke College 1887 and master of Abbey School, North Berwick from 1901.