Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z.
William Barrington Miller was a son of William Miller, who migrated from South Shields to the Victorian diggings in 1860, was an hotel-keeper at Auckland in 1865 and at Coromandel in 1873, and established a tobacconist's business in Gisborne in 1876. W. B. Miller took over the business when his father died on 7 April, 1897. He became general manager of the Greater J. D. Williams Amusement Company, Sydney, in February, 1913. For some years he resided in London. He was the founder of the W. Barrington Miller Educational Trust. His death occurred at Gisborne on 10 March, 1943.
Miss Rosemary Rees (a daughter of W. L. Rees) went Home in 1901 to gain additional theatrical experience. Starting with small parts under Fanny Brough's management, she played lead for the first time, under Calvert Routledge, in the musical comedy “A Queen of Hearts,” and, afterwards, appeared in a number of other successes. She is the author of New Zealand Holiday and several novels with a New Zealand background.
Miss Oriole Faram (a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Faram, of Gisborne) embarked upon a career which earned her wide overseas fame as a concert pianist. Her first tutor was Mr. Irvine Moore, of Gisborne. In London she took her performer's L.R.A.M., her teacher's A.R.C.M., and the certificate of merit (the Academy's highest award). When she was only 16 years old she won the open Parisian scholarship offered by Madame de Pachmann Labori in a field of 243 entrants. She married Mr. J. H. Aitchison, a Canadian economist.