Charles Houghton Mills
|Minister of Customs|
29 October 1900 – 6 August 1906
|Prime Minister||Richard Seddon|
|Preceded by||Richard Seddon|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Hogg|
Nelson, New Zealand
|Died||3 April 1923 (aged 79–80)|
|Nationality||Blenheim, New Zealand|
Margaret Morrison (m. 1871)
|Relations||Haddon Donald (great-grandson)|
Mills was born in Nelson. His father was Richard Mills, who arrived in Nelson in 1841 on the Lord Auckland. The family moved to Wellington in the early 1850s, where his father was Governor of the gaol, and where Charles Mills was educated. He was a pupil teacher at Te Aro school. He went to sea for some years, and then worked in mining and farming. Later, Mills was a commission agent.
Member of Parliament
|New Zealand Parliament|
The 1890 general election in the Waimea-Picton electorate was contested by Mills, Richmond Hursthouse and William Henry Phillips, who received 936, 728 and 80 votes, respectively. Mills was thus elected and represented the electorate until the end of the term in 1893. He then represented the successor electorates of Waimea-Sounds (1893–1896) and Wairau (1896–1908) in the New Zealand House of Representatives. The 1896 general election was contested by the incumbent Lindsay Buick and Mills, who received 2014 and 2072 votes, respectively. Mills thus succeeded Buick in Wairau.
Mills served as the Liberal Party's Senior Whip from 1894 until his elevation to cabinet in 1900. He was Minister of Trade and Customs between 1900 and 1906 and Minister of Immigration in 1906.
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- Hamer 1988, p. 365.
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- Wilson 1985, p. 220.
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- Wilson 1985, pp. 279–80.
- Wilson 1985, p. 159.
- "Cemetery records search". Marlborough District Council. Retrieved 26 October 2015.[permanent dead link]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Charles H Mills.|
- Dictionary of New Zealand Biography edited by Guy H. Scholefield vol. 2 pp. 84,85 (2 volumes 1940, Department of Internal Affairs)
- The New Zealand Liberals: the Years of Power 1891–1912 by David Hamer (1988, Auckland University Press, Auckland)
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
| Minister of Customs
John A. Millar
|New Zealand Parliament|
| Member of Parliament for Waimea-Picton
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Waimea-Sounds|
| Member of Parliament for Wairau
|Party political offices|
| Senior Whip of the Liberal Party