Ian Leslie MILLS (1935)
NameIan Leslie Mills
- Yvette Lois Mills, nee Patterson (14/7/1930-9/12/2007)
- Deborah May Gimblett
- Christopher Mills (deceased)
Primary educationNelson Park School, Napier Intermediate
Secondary educationNapier Boys' High School
Came to Hawke’s Bay in 1938 from Invercargill with his family
Commenced work at Coull, Sommerville & Wilkie in Christchurch working in their art department; also worked in retail window-dressing in both Wellington and Auckland
The art of painting was his private passion and over his lifetime he sold many works of art.
The Napier Aquarium was a major project that he began in 1957 along with Russell Spiller and Gordon Dine.
In his own words, his life breaks into four parts – books, painting, retailing and the Aquarium.
Article in Hawke’s Bay Today 27 October 2018