Item 12 - William Albert Cowan

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William Albert Cowan


  • 1960 (Creation)

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Edmund Morris Miller (1881-1964) C.B.E., M.A., D.Litt. (Melb.) was a librarian in the Public Library of Victoria from 1900 until 1913 when he was appointed Lecturer in Mental and Moral Science in the University of Tasmania. He was made Assoc. Prof. in 1925 and Professor in 1928. From 1933 to 1945 he served as Vice-Chancellor and also was Honorary Librarian from 1919 until 1945.
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William Albert Cowan was born in 1908 in Dunedin, New Zealand, and educated at Otago Boys' School and the University of Otago, graduating with first class honours in Latin and French despite struggling financially. He gained a further degree in classics at the University College, London, also with first class honours. On his return to New Zealand he taught for a short time in at Wellington College in NZ before being appointed University Librarian at the Barr Smith Library in 1933. For mor information see :

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The collection was deposited by Morris Miller on his retirement and augmented by donations from Mrs Miller and others in response to an appeal from the Library in 1967. Photographs donated by Mrs Beth Minchin .

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Correspondence dated 6 October 1960 from William (Bill) Cowen thanking Morris Miller for the copy of his occasional papers

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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Additional Morris Miller items are to be found in S.15 - correspondence with Walter Stone

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HE July 2018




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