James Mills (ship owner)
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Mills was born in Wellington and started as clerk to Johnny Jones, and after Jones’ death floated the Union Company with backing from Peter Denny in return for orders for his Dumbarton shipyard in Scotland. The Union Company became a major shipping line, with a near-monopoly on trans-Tasman shipping, and was referred to as the Southern Octopus.
He represented Waikouaiti on the Otago Provincial Council in 1870, and again from 1873 to 1876. Later, he represented the Port Chalmers electorate in Parliament from a by-election in 1887 to 1893, when he retired.
- Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 222.
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 220. OCLC 154283103.
- "Mount Mills". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
- Biography in the 1966 Encyclopaedia of New Zealand
- Ships of the Union Company by Gavin McLean (1989, GP Government Print, Wellington) ISBN 0-477-00016-9