George Galway Mills was born in 1765.
Brisbane was informed in January 1824 that George Mills had
been appointed Registrar of the Supreme Court of New South
Bathurst to Sir Thomas Brisbane. Sir, Downing Street, 5th
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
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
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:
George Galway Mills of Twickenham, Middlesex - History
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 ...