Ian Leslie MILLS (1935)

Name

Ian Leslie Mills

Gender

Male

Birthdate

1935

Birthplace

Invercargill

Marriage(s)

1952

Partner(s)

  • Yvette Lois Mills, nee Patterson (14/7/1930-9/12/2007)

Children

  • Deborah May Gimblett
  • Christopher Mills (deceased)

Primary education

Nelson Park School, Napier Intermediate

Secondary education

Napier Boys' High School

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Biography

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

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