Thursday, 14 July 2011

Everard Studley Miller: member, historian, benefactor

House occupied between 1806-1814 by
Arthur Phillip at Bath, Somerset,
Eng., 1924 / E. Studley Miller / RHSV
Collection: AL085-0073

The exhibition concentrates on E Studley Miller's historical and cultural interests, revealing his approach to photography as a tool of historiography and providing some details of his family background and lifestyle.

The above photograph from the RHSV collection is an example of E Studley Miller's individual use of photography to record historical buildings. This is one of a series of photographs he commissioned of places associated with the founders of Australia - in this case Governor Arthur Phillip, the first governor of New South Wales. Phillip returned to England in 1792, and retired from the naval service in 1805. He lived quietly in this Bath house with his wife Isabelle until his death in 1814.

Miller was a benefactor of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victora, as well as other organisations.

The exhibition can be viewed at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, Mondays to Fridays between 10 am and 4 pm. Dates: 13 July to 2 September.

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