Defence Family Matters : September 2015
DFMSeptember2015 19 READER PROFILE SHAUN MILLER GRAHAM ORAMS Shaun’s family moved to a tea plantation in Malawi, Africa, when he was a baby but when he turned nine he returned to Belfast to attend boarding school. Shaun said Christmas time was wonderful, leaving behind the freezing temperatures of Northern Ireland, to enjoy summer in Africa. Fast forward to 2000 and Shaun arrived in Australia on a working holiday visa but something changed his temporary plans. He met Lisa—an Army officer. In 2004, Lisa was posted to Tasmania where their growing family spent about six years before moving to Brisbane. “We went down to Tasmania with one child and came back up with five,” Shaun said. Shaun said being married to a military member presented some challenges. He said their daughter Lily was going into grade three at the time of their Tasmania posting but had to repeat grade two due to the different school systems. Also, within a month of arriving, Shaun was about to start a new job when Lisa got news she was being sent back to Canungra in Queensland for eight weeks. Shaun Miller’s CHILDHOOD WAS AN EXOTIC MIXTURE of TWO EXTREMES— Northern Ireland and south-east Africa. “(This) put a lot of pressure back on to me, but you just get on with it and do the best with what you have,” he said. “Lisa helps out a lot when she’s at home—so it all balances out.” Shaun is an architect and currently runs his business from home so he can care for his young family. “I have to be very disciplined between the hours of nine and three and getasmuchdoneasIcanof my own work. “Ifindifyoutrytomixthe two, it really doesn’t work; you end up becoming more frustrated and not doing a good job of either parenting or your work.”n Shaun Miller works from home so he can look after the kids. Photo by Leading Aircraftman Brenton Kwaterski.