The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Miller, Hon. Maxwell

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Miller, Hon. Maxwell, third son of Serjeant Miller, Judge of the Leicestershire County Court, was born in London in the year 1832. He was educated at St. Paul's School, whence he went up with a scholarship to Worcester College, Oxford. Here he gained the Fitzgerald scholarship, which transferred him to Queen's College. In 1852, at the instance of his elder brother William, who had emigrated to Victoria, he sailed for Melbourne. Soon after his arrival, Dr. Perry, the then Bishop of Melbourne, offered him the appointment of Secretary to the Diocese. This office he held until he obtained one of the two Inspectorships of Education for Victoria, the other Inspector being Mr. (now the Right Hon.) H. C. E. Childers. He resigned this office to become one of the sub-editors of the Argus newspaper, and shortly after his brother William and he received an invitation to conduct a newspaper in Hobart, which was being started in the Liberal interest. The Tasmanian Daily News was the result, a paper which, though creditable for its literary matter and effective as a political weapon, ended in heavy pecuniary loss after two or three years' existence. On the introduction of responsible government in 1856, Mr. Miller was returned to the House of Assembly as a member for Hobart, and soon made his mark as a debater. In conjunction with Mr. (now Sir F.) Smith, he introduced the scheme of Superior Education and endowed Tasmanian scholarships, which remained in force in the colony for some twenty-five years until the recent establishment of the Tasmanian University. Mr. Miller held office without portfolio in the short-lived ministry of Mr. Gregson, from Feb. 26th to April 1857. In 1863 Mr. Miller resigned his seat, and accepted the appointment of assistant-clerk to the House, an office which he held until within a short time of his death, which took place at Hobart, April 10th, 1867. Mr. Miller was a brother of Mr. Robert Byron Miller (q.v.). He was the author of "The Tasmanian House of Assembly: A Metrical Catalogue" (Hobart, 1860), a trenchant political satire.