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Charles H. Mills

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Charles Houghton Mills 1843 – 3 April 1923 was a member of parliament for Waimea and Wairau, in the South Island of New Zealand


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Member of Parliament
  • 3 Death
  • 4 Notes
  • 5 References

Early life

Mills was born in Nelson[2] His father was Richard Mills, who arrived in Nelson in 1841 on the Lord Auckland[3] The family moved to Wellington in the early 1850s, where his father was Governor of the gaol, and where Charles Mills was educated[3][4] He was a pupil teacher at Te Aro school[4] He went to sea for some years, and then worked in mining and farming[3] Later, Mills was a commission agent[2]

Mills settled in Havelock in 1871 and married Margaret, a daughter of John Morrison, in the same year[3][5]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party

The 1887 general election in the Waimea-Picton electorate was contested by Arthur Seymour, Joseph Harkness and Mills, who received 446, 444 and 415 votes, respectively Seymour was thus elected[6]

The 1890 general election in the Waimea-Picton electorate was contested by Mills, Richmond Hursthouse and William Henry Phillips, who received 936, 728 and 80 votes, respectively[7] Mills was thus elected and represented the electorate until the end of the term in 1893 He then represented the successor electorates of Waimea-Sounds 1893–1896 and Wairau 1896–1908 in the New Zealand House of Representatives[8] The 1896 general election was contested by the incumbent Lindsay Buick and Mills, who received 2014 and 2072 votes, respectively Mills thus succeeded Buick in Wairau[9]

Mills served as the Liberal Party's Senior Whip from 1894 until his elevation to cabinet in 1900[10] He was Minister of Trade and Customs between 1900 and 1906 and Minister of Immigration in 1906[8]

He was a member of the Provincial Council and Marlborough County Council, and of the Legislative Council between 1909 and 1916[11]


Mills died on 3 April 1923 and was buried at Omaka Cemetery, Blenheim[4][12] He was survived by his wife[4]


  1. ^ Hyslop, Liam 11 April 2013 "Our oldest MP returns to Parliament" The Dominion Post Retrieved 29 January 2017mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-rightmw-parser-output citation mw-selflink
  2. ^ a b Hamer 1988, p 365 sfn error: no target: CITEREFHamer1988 help
  3. ^ a b c d Cyclopedia Company Limited 1906 "The Hon Charles Houghton Mills" The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand Retrieved 25 July 2011
  4. ^ a b c d "Hon C H Mills" Hawera & Normanby Star XLII 5 April 1923 p 4 Retrieved 23 July 2011
  5. ^ William Jackson Barry 1897 "Mr C H Mills" Past and Present, and Men of the Times Christchurch: McKee and Gamble Retrieved 25 July 2011
  6. ^ "Waimea-Picton election" Colonist XXX 5024 6 October 1887 p 1 Retrieved 25 July 2011
  7. ^ "Waimea-Picton" Colonist XXXIV 5980 8 December 1890 p 3 Retrieved 25 July 2011
  8. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p 220
  9. ^ "The Elections" Hawera & Normanby Star XXXIII 3416 7 December 1896 p 2 Retrieved 24 July 2011
  10. ^ Wilson 1985, pp 279–80
  11. ^ Wilson 1985, p 159
  12. ^ "Cemetery records search" Marlborough District Council Retrieved 26 October 2015[permanent dead link]


  • Dictionary of New Zealand Biography edited by Guy H Scholefield vol 2 pp 84,85 2 volumes 1940, Department of Internal Affairs
  • The New Zealand Liberals: the Years of Power 1891–1912 by David Hamer 1988, Auckland University Press, Auckland
  • Wilson, James Oakley 1985 New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 4th ed Wellington: VR Ward, Govt Printer OCLC 154283103CS1 maint: ref=harv link
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Seddon
Minister of Customs
Succeeded by
John A Millar
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Arthur Seymour
Member of Parliament for Waimea-Picton
Electorate abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Waimea-Sounds
Preceded by
Lindsay Buick
Member of Parliament for Wairau
Succeeded by
John Duncan
Party political offices
Preceded by
Frank Lawry
Senior Whip of the Liberal Party
Succeeded by
John Stevens

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