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Mills, Leonard (1855–1923)

Mr. Mills was born at Parramatta in 1853. He was the son of John Mills, of that town, one of the best known of local preachers of that day in the district. The late Mr. Mills was connected with the Education Department for many years, but withdrew on account of ill-health, and took up farming interests in the West. Eventually he came to Sydney to undertake the management of a shipping line, and lived at Dulwich Hill until the time of his death, which came rather suddenly after a brief illness. He was a local preacher for over forty years, beginning as a young man in the Hawkesbury River Circuit, and up to his illness served with acceptance on a number of suburban plans. He has served the Church in almost every capacity, circuit and society steward, Sunday School superintendent, and preacher. He was a man of quiet and unassuming nature, with a fine experience of the saving and keeping power of Jesus Christ. His home life was simple and sweet, and was a devoted husband and father. Perhaps no finer tribute could be paid than to mention that his family of two sons and three daughters are devoted to the Church and Master of their father. He was a consistent reader, and was particularly interested in archaeology. He was intensely patriotic, and a firm believer in the higher mission of the British Empire. His patriotism was founded on the strong rock of religion. He had a capacity for making friends, and was always interested in the interests of the young people. He was loyal to and gave of his best to the Methodist Church, and in very many ways will be very much missed. A short service was held at the house, Revs. R. B. Bowes, W. J. Walker, and J. E. Moulton, B.A., taking part. At the graveside, Revs. R. B. Bowes, W. J. Walker, and H. E. Cosier officiated, and Rev. C. L. Connor gave an address. Chief mourners were Rev. L. M. K Mills, of Bega, and Mr. J. C. Mills (sons), John Mills (brother), Rev. W. Corner, of Bankstown, and Mrs. J. E. Moulton, nephew and niece, Mr. Bayliss (son-in-law.)

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'Mills, Leonard (1855–1923)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/mills-leonard-25092/text33579, accessed 23 July 2019.

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