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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Mills, James

Mills, James, M.H.R., son of William Mills, formerly Collector of Customs at Christchurch, N.Z., was born in 1848. In 1869 he was left managing trustee of the properties of the late Mr. John Jones, mainly situate in Otago, and carried on business as a steamship owner from that year till 1875, when he started the Union Steamship Co. of New Zealand, of which he has been managing director since its formation. Mr. Mills entered the House of Representatives as member for Port Chalmers in April 1887, on the death of Mr. Macandrew, and was re-elected on the dissolution in October of that year; as also in Dec. 1890.