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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Sunday, July 25, 2021

John Miller, OAM was a Longtime Mushroom Friend of husband Pieter

 Photo below shows a happy John Miller, OAM on his 90th Birthday!

There is a mention also of him starting in 1955 to farm orchard fruit and vegetables. But the following years, seven floods devastated the farm "with all our crops washed away: and he moved to higher ground in the Hills to begin growing mushrooms.
Active in the Australian Mushroom Growers Association (AMGA), Mr Miller promoted the use of locally grown mushrooms and worked to unite farmers across the country. He was also instrumental in establishing a research facility at Rydalmere to improve productivity of local farms as chief executive of the association in the 1970s, and travelled to France in 1978 as part of Australia's successful bid to host the 1981 international (mushroom) farmer's conference. (ISMS = International Society for Mushroom Science)
"Five hundred leading mushroom growers and research scientists from all over the world came to Australia to teach us the latest technology," he said.
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The ISMS uploaded the AMGA issue 1 of 2021
Below is page 29...
Vale (Farewell): John Miller
The mushroom industry has lost one of its most significant and distinguished leaders, with the passing of John Miller, OAM, at the age of 91. 
John was an Icon of the industry and was often referred to as "Mr Mushroom". He first took on the honorary position of Public Relations and Promotions Officer at the AMGA in 1969, and in 1973 was appointed to the permanent position of General Manager.
In his final General Manager's report in 1991/92, his commitment to the industry is more than evident. 

The AMGA office was run from our own home to keep overheads down. Beryl handled all phone enquiries besides is running around promoting"fresh mushrooms"and fighting the many mushroom industry problems that kept arising. Making sure mushrooms were ordered from farms for me to deliver to home economists, cookery editors and photographers.
Checked recipes for our leaflets to go into shops, monitored the press clipping service and consumer requests. Beryl's behind-the-scenes support has been a major contributing factor, for which I'm most grateful, in maintaining the service required by this industry.

John promoted the use of locally grown mushrooms and worked to unite farmers across the country. He was instrumental in establishing a research facility at Rydalmere to improve productivity of local farms, and commanded support and loyalty from the AMGA membership – which reflected not only in the growth of the Industry but also the ability of the Industry to manage that growth.

John was a life honorary member of the AMGA, and he will be remembered not only for his intellectual contributions, but also for his kindness and the welcoming personality that the extended to everyone.

In addition to his mushroom industry activities, John was a proud regional ambassador for the Hawkesbury area. He served as the chief warden for the Hawkesbury State Emergency Service, establishing an early flood warning system for the region. He also served as the social secretary of the Hawkesbury Historical Society and was declared an Ambassador for the Hawkesbury for his passion in promoting the rich heritage of the area.

A report in the local Hawkesbury Gazette also credits him as a driving force behind a third river crossing from Richmond to North Richmond, as well as being an advocate for the construction of a Centre for Excellence in aged in dementia care for Hawkesbury's aging population.
In 2018 he received an Order of Australia medal for his services to the community.

A loving family man, and valued colleague—we will miss him.

On the side is being mentioned his book, shown below:
What a wonderful job, here the true John Miller as a historian shines through...
A great writer and heritage preserver!
This picture shows also the open-air mushroom growing like in my previous post: Open-Air Mushroom Growing in South Sweden ←click link
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So happy that we reconnected in time again and hearing from John & Beryl.
A very warm email letter we received on March 26, 2018
John even writes a kind of editorial review for Pieter: We have fond memories of your visits to Australia, and the great breath of fresh air you brought with you, to improve our out of date mushroom cultural techniques in this country. It was the start of a revolution in making us more efficient and competitive.
Our Australian mushroom growers will be eternally grateful for the great contribution you made in initially opening many new doors for us in the World of Mushroom Culture, and your leadership at the Dutch school in Horst, Holland, which many Australians have attended.
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What a treasure for having received this in a timely manner...
Also, John & Beryl got all my Australia posts sent to them to read; feels so good.
R.I.P. dear friend and we keep forever fond memories of you both!

Beryl, no doubt is one half of another Blissful Relationship, may she find the strength for going on without her loving husband/partner...

Related links:
Trips to Australia | invitation from John Miller to have Pieter as guest lecturer in 1976 Short Course
Husband Pieter's 2nd and 3rd Trip to Australia | previous post about above mentioned 1981 ISMS Congress
Darling Harbour Cruise in Sydney for Surprise Birthday Party | photos and card from John & Beryl Miller

20 comments:

  1. Hello Mariette, After all you told us in the last post, I don't know where Mr. Miller found the time to be a mushroom industry leader as well. As the saying goes, if you want something done, give it to a busy person.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      If anything learned from John Miller, it is perseverance and he sure was a very active person all his life! He and Beryl were a great team.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Dearest Mariete,
    Many regrets on the passing of your friend. It sounds like a life well lived......*s*

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    1. Dearest Suzi,
      Oh, if all people would live their life as active and productive as John Miller, the world would be a lot better.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. What an accomplished and beloved man, Mariette. I know John will be missed sorely by those who knew him.
    Blessings!

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    1. Dearest Martha Jane,
      Yes, John Miller was a man of action; not words alone! Wish the world would see more like him and things would look so different.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Thank you for sharing ... he was an amazing man.

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      You're quite welcome and yes, John Miller was a very rare kind of person. The Australian Mushroom Growers' Association owes a lot to him and also the people in the region for his relentless fight to have a third, high enough bridge added.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Compartir conocimientos hace amigos a muchas personas. Eso hace que ambas personas aumente su conocimiento sobre la materia em cuestión.

    Besos

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      Así que muy cierto, Pieter siempre ha compartido su conocimiento libremente con cualquiera que haya conocido. Esto hizo que John Miller muy agradecido y le debemos mucho por recorrernos y ser tan amable! ¡Que descanse en paz!
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Indeed, WOW! John Miller was one of your very best Aussies and his wife Beryl belongs with him for giving homage.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. A very accomplished and hard working man. Glad he managed to celebrate his 90th with his family and friends. RIP

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    1. Dearest Sami,
      Yes, a very accomplished man who went out of the way for doing so much for others, together with his dear wife and partner!
      Oh, he worried about not making it till 90 but God has granted him that special milestone with family and friends.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Oh I should have read this post first Mariette. I read most of above on Google. Mr Miller was a much loved and respected mam. How lovely for your husband to have received such a wonderful letter acknowledging his input into mushroom growing in Australia. I'm sure their family will rally round to make sure his wife is ok 💙

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    1. Dearest Grace,
      John Miller was indeed loved and respected by many and we treasure our fond memories with him and Beryl.
      His writing to us a bout acknowledging Pieter's input into the Australian mushroom growing is appreciated and treasured. Pieter had several Aussies in his classroom, that came to the famous practical training college.
      We do hope that Beryl is indeed being cared for with love.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. A dedicated life. May he rest in peace.

    God bless.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Yes, a very dedicated life and the world needs more like him!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. What a treasure of a man. I hope your wonderful memories of him will remain with you.

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    1. Dearest Janey,
      Yes, he sure was a treasure of a man! Our memories about wonderful times spent together will remain with us forever.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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Mariette...

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