Leslie Edward Fortune MILLS (1902 – 1958)
NameLeslie Edward Fortune Mills
Date of death04 October 1958
Place of deathNapier
- Graham Edward Mills
- Rex Fortune Mills (2/9/1927-1991)
- Ian Leslie Mills
Ian Mills mentioned that this father, Leslie Edward Fortune Mills, had three sisters and two brothers who came out to New Zealand with their mother. Their father had died previously. The eldest brother did not stay in New Zealand and one of his sisters died within six months of arriving in New Zealand. There is a record in a passenger list of the “Waimana” out of Southampton which departed 8 September 1921 of a party of five, Mrs J Mills 49; Elsie Mills 26; Ida Mills 21; Leslie Mills 19 and fifth aged 18 whose name is difficult to read. Their London address was 6 Wrigglesworth Cr, New Cross.
Leslie was a shoe retailer all of his life under the name of Mills Shoe Company, in Hastings Street, Napier. He had started the business in Invercargill and came to Napier via Timaru and Gisborne, arriving in Hawke’s Bay in 1938.