Mills Sisters

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Mills Sisters
Origin Thursday Island, Torres Strait Islands, Queensland, Australia
Genres Folk
Years active 1950s – present
Members Cessa Mills
Ina Mills
Rita Mills

Mills Sisters is a group of three sisters from Torres Strait Islands, Rita and twins Cessa and Ina. All three sang and Rita played guitar, Cessa the ukulele and Ina the tambourine.[1] Cessa and Ina retired in 1996 and Rita continued on a solo career.[2] They started singing in the 1950s and in the 1980s started to tour outside the Torres Strait.[3] They performed all over the Pacific and in Europe.[4] Their version of "TI Blues" (a song written by Seaman Dan) has been called "a signature tune for the Torres Strait".[5]

The Mills sisters received the Australia Council's Red Ochre Award in 1995.[6]


  • Frangipani land (1993) - New Market Music[7]
  • Those beautiful TI girls (2002) - Zuna Entertainment[8]


  1. ^ The Australian, 13 December 2004, "Trailblazer sang Torres on to map" by Steve Connolly
  2. ^ Australian Associated Press General News, 28 March 2003, "Better late than never for Uncle Seaman" by Jordan Baker
  3. ^ Sunday Herald Sun, 14 March 1999, "Rita's family affair" by Paul Stewart
  4. ^ Sunday Herald Sun, 11 March 2001, "Rita calls it a day, at last." by Paul Stewart
  5. ^ Pryor, Cathy (8 September 2001). "Northern Delights". The Australian. 
  6. ^ Red Ochre Award Archived 2014-02-01 at the Wayback Machine. Australia Council for the Arts
  7. ^ Frangipani land listing
  8. ^ Those beautiful TI girls listing