Morris Miller was appointed Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Tasmania in 1928. From 1924 Miller was also president of the (Royal) Tasmanian Institution for the Blind and Deaf, and from 1925 chairman of the Mental Deficiency Board. A trustee of the Tasmanian Public Library, he became chairman in 1923 and was a founder of the Library Association of Australia in 1928.
These community endeavours resulted in part from Miller’s feeling that within the university he was slighted and undervalued. Tension persisted between himself and such traditional purists as R. L. Dunbabin, notwithstanding Miller’s Litt.D. awarded by the University of Melbourne in 1919, his publication of further monographs on Kant (in 1924 and 1928) and his presidency of the Australasian Association for Psychology and Philosophy in 1929-30. In 1926 he applied for the Chair of Philosophy at the University of Sydney which in the event went to John Anderson. He also stood, in vain, that year for the University of Tasmania’s Council. Seeking support primarily from interested laymen rather than fellow academics, he gained a place in 1928. In 1933 lay backing won him election as Vice-Chancellor.
Jack Carington-Smith, 1908-1972, Hobart, Tasmania
Portrait of E. Morris Miller, 1970. Oil paint on canvas.
Commissioned by the University and the
Morris Miller Family 1970 - enlarge