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George Galway Mills - Map - 5
 

 

George Galway Mills was born in 1765.

Governor Brisbane was informed in January 1824 that George Mills had been appointed Registrar of the Supreme Court of New South Wales....

"Earl Bathurst to Sir Thomas Brisbane.  Sir, Downing Street, 5th Jany., 1824.

His Majesty having been pleased to appoint Mr. Mills to be Registrar of the Supreme Court in New S. Wales, I am to desire that you will put him in possession of his Office and afford him every support and assistance in your power. The following are some of the duties which will devolve upon him:

First. In his Office all Writs will be sued out and prepared for the Signature of the Judge. He will receive and record all Declarations, Pleas, and other written Pleadings, both at Law and Equity. He will be charged with the Custody of these Records. He will prepare and issue Official copies of them.

Secondly. He will always be present in Court at all Civil Proceedings. He will take a Process Verbal of all that passes. He will draw up from the Notes thus taken all Judgments, Decrees, Orders and Sentences, that is to say the adjudication of the Court in its different Jurisdictions, as a Court of Law and of equity, as a criminal and as an Ecclesiastical Tribunal. He will of course be assisted by Clerks, who with leave of the Court may sit for him occasionally, but he will not be allowed to act by Deputy.

You will not understand these directions as an accurate specification of the duties to be executed by the individual, but merely as a general summary for your guidance.

With reference to the above duties, I think it necessary to inform you that Mr. Mills should receive a Nett Salary of 800 per annum, which should arise from the fees payable to him as Registrar, and the Chief Justice should be directed to draw out a Docket of Fees, which will on an average afford him the above sum. If however they should exceed 800 per annum, Mr. Mills will be directed to pay the Surplus into the Police Fund ; and in the event of their not amounting to that sum, the deficiency should be made good from the 'Colonial Revenue. I have, &c, Bathurst."
HRA, Series 1 Vol. XI p. 192

George Mills sailed from London on the Lang on 21st March 1824; The Lang touched at Rio and arrived in Hobart in July 1824. George Mill then continued on to Sydney.

He was granted 2000 acres by Governor Brisbane and this was increased under Governor Darling to 2,560 acres however George Mills probably did not ever reside on this estate which may have been known at one time as Barnard Castle.

George Mills' wife remained in England however he was expecting his son Douglas Cowper Mills of the 90th regiment to arrive in the colony and applied for a grant of land on his behalf. George Mills' wife Amelia nee Norton died at Barton House, Gloucestershire on 15th July 1826.

George Mills died from a self inflicted injury in February 1828. His funeral which proceeded up Pitt street was attended by his Honor the Chief Justice, and Mr. Blaxland of Newington as chief mourners, the late Sheriff Mr. Mackaness, the Colonial Secretary, Colonels Lindesay and Shadforth and most of the Civil and military officers.


Notes & Links:

1) George Galway Mills of Twickenham, Middlesex - History of Parliament

2) Inquest into the death of George Galway Mills - The Australian 15 February 1828

3) Douglas Cowper Mills joined the 90th regiment in November 1827 and was appointed Ensign in the 90th regiment in March 1828 ...
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