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Rest In Peace: John Miller 1933 – 2013

John Miller, one of the Camera House ‘founding fathers’, passed away on Australia Day (January 26), finally succumbing at the age of 79 to multiple myeloma, after a brave 20-year battle with the disease.

John Miller, 1933-2013
John Miller, 1933-2013

Starting his career as a professional photographer, John Miller worked in that capacity for the CSIRO before starting up the first D&P service for the NSW Riverina region around 40 years ago – operating out of his garage in the town of Griffith. He had a long list of pharmacy clients throughout the towns of the Riverina, offering them an alternative to the then-dominant Kodak wholesale operation.

He then established the first photo retail outlet in the Riverina in his home town of Griffith, with strong connections with Hanimex in those early days.

As mentioned, he was one of the founders of the Camera House group, and served for many years on the board of directors. According to his daughter, Louise, he had a particular brief to ensure regional Camera House stores were well-represented.

He retired from active service at Griffith Camera House eight years ago, selling the store to Louise. However, he maintained an active interest in Camera House and photo retailing.

He is survived by his wife Yvonne, who was also his life-long business partner, and three children: Craig, Louise and Leanne.

John Miller’s funeral was held last Thursday, at the Sacred Heart Church in Griffith.

Photo Counter readers who wish to acknowledge John Miller’s passing are encouraged to make a donation to the Myeloma Foundation of Australia.

One Comment

  1. Norm Inder Norm Inder February 15, 2013

    Sad to hear of John’s passing. John was a great man, very fair and helpful to everyone. Very helpful in the early days of Raleru (Camera Houses) when we started business in May 1983, after the destruction of the earlier Camera Houses organisation .Louise has been marvellous in the years of John’s illness, completely running the Griffith business on her own. As you say, John was a foundation director, along with Alan Small of Taree, Merv Lewis of Ballarat, Jan (Skinny) Novak of Newcastle, Syd Owen of Toowoomba and myself. These were interesting times. With John’s passing, there is now only Alan and myself of the original six directors.

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