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GEORGE MILLS AND PRUDENCE HILL START A NEW LIFE IN AUSTRALIA

George Mills was born on the 1st. October 1824 in Bedlington, Northumberland, England. He was the son of William Mills, a "Master Mariner", and Ellen Bell.

George emigrated to Australia on the Sailing Ship "Anna Maria" and landed in Portland, Victoria, in June 1848. George's vocation was a Mariner. He married Prudence Hill in the Temporary Church of St. Stephen, Portland, Victoria, on the 3rd. April 1854. It is interesting to note that George signed their marriage certificate as "his  X  mark" showing he was illiterate, Prudence signed her name in full. Prudence was the daughter of John Hill and Mary Campbell, she was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England, and was Christened on the 15th. January 1835 in the Stevenson Street, Particular Baptist Church, Northumberland.

Prudence emigrated to Australia on the Sailing Ship "John Davies" and landed in Portland, Victoria, in November 1852. She was an "Assisted Passenger" meaning her fare was subsidised and her employment pre arranged. On arrival Prudence was engaged by George Stewart of Belfast [Port Fairy] as a servant, she received an agreed wage of 18 Pounds for a term of 6 months. Also on board was her brother James 1824-1918, a Boot/Shoemaker, and his wife Hannah Nicholson abt.1823-1899 and their children: Barbara abt.1845-1936 and Mary Ann 1851-1852, sadly Mary died of Cholera during the voyage. Also her brother John 1830-1968, a Boot/Shoemaker, his wife Isabella Rennie 1828-1883 and their child Charles William 1851-1925 were on board. James and John with their families were listed as "Assisted Passengers" "On own account", this meant that their fares were subsidised and they were left to their own recognise to practice their trade [shoe/bootmaking] in the Colony.

George Mills died in Portland, Victoria, on the 11th. February 1903, aged 78. Prudence died in Camberwell, Victoria in 1927, aged 92.

George and Prudence had three children::

1/ Edward Mills born on the 1st. September 1856 in Portland, Victoria, and died in 1940 in Melbourne, Victoria, aged 84. He married Elizabeth Esther Barker, born on the 10th. October 1858 in Belfast [Port Fairy] Victoria, she died in 1944 in Melbourne, aged 86. She was the daughter of William Barker, born in 1824 in Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire, England, he died in 1898 in Warrnambool, Victoria, aged 74, and Susan Flack born in 1821 in Thriplow, Cambridge, England, and died in 1891 in Warrnambool, Victoria, aged 70. William Barker and Susan Flack emigrated to Australia on the Sailing Ship "Shand" leaving Plymouth on the 27th. October 1854, arriving in Portland, Victoria, on the 20th. January 1855.

2/ Mary Ann Mills was born in Portland, Victoria, and died in 1936 in South Yarra, Victoria, aged 81. Mary married William Frost in 1877 in Portland.

3/ James Mills was born in 1858 in Portland, Victoria, and died in 1898 in Portland, aged 40. James married Mary Ann Cary in 1879 in Portland.

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Edward Mills 1856-1940 and Elizabeth Esther Barker 1858-1944 had eight children:

1/ Maud Ethel Mills born 15th. October 1878 in Warrnambool, Victoria, and died in Victoria aged 91. Maud married John Patten abt.1872-1969 in 1901.

2/ Myrtle Cora Mills born 12th. July 1886 in Warrnambool, Victoria, and died in October 1973 in Warnambool. Myrtle married Henry Edward Rayner born in 1884 in Williamstown, Victoria, and died in January 1968 in warrnambool, aged 84.

3/ Arthur James Mills born 18 February 1881 in Warrnambool and died in 1964 in Broadmeadows, Victoria, aged 83. Arthur married Margaret Elizabeth Greenbank in 1904 in Warrnambool.

4/ Laura Beatrice Mills born 10th. January 1885 in Warrnambool, Victoria, and died in 1983 in Prahan, Victoria, aged 98. Laura married Frederick John Jackson on the 23rd. January 1906 in Melbourne. Frederick was born on the 9th. February 1883 in Muckleford, and died in Melbourne in April 1949.

5/ George William Mills 1890-1945.

6/ Ruby Caroline Mills was born 13th. October 1893 in Warrnambool, Victoria and died in 1968 in Parkville, aged 75. Ruby married Robert Stanley Woods in 1913, he was born in 1890 and died in 1972 in Essendon, Victoria, aged 82.

7/ Frank Stanley Flack Mills was born 15th. December 1898 in Warrnambool, Victoria and died in 1968, aged 70. Frank married Dorothy Unknown.

8/ John Harrold Edward Mills was born on 7th. June 1902 in Warrnambool and died 18th. October 1986, aged 84. John married Margaret Jane Dowsey, she was born in 1903 and died 21 August 1983.

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Myrtle Cora Mills 1886-1973 and Henry Edward Rayner had nine children:

1/ John Henry Edward Rayner was born 4th. April 1907 in Warrnambool, Victoria, and died 28th. August 1984, he married Elizabeth Leishman 1905-1991.

2/ Laura Violet Rayner was born in Warrnambool, Victoria, and married Edward Randall.

3/ Arthur James Rayner was born 15th. August 1911 in Warrnambool, Victoria, and died in 1999 in Warrnambool, he married Elsie Tennant, born 14th. November 1912 and died 6 June 2002 in Warrnambool.

4/ Alan Frank Rayner was born in 1913 in Warrnambool, Victoria and died 12th. December 1990 in Warrnambool, he married Gladys Phillips.

5/ Lois Joyce Rayner was born in Warrnambool, Victoria, and married Alfred Rogers.

6/ William Robert Rayner was born in Warrnambool, Victoria, and married Daisy Leslie.

7/ Myrtle Joan Rayner was born 6th. April 1920 in Warrnambool, Victoria, and died in March 2000 in Warrnambool, Victoria. Myrtle married Morris Joseph Amoore the son of Joseph Amoore 1886-1968 and Jean Lowry McCullough 1886-1931. [ Ref. "Favourite Links Page" for connections to the "Family of James McCullough"

8/ Norman Douglas Rayner married Kathleen Shiells.

9/ Geoffrey Stuart Rayner was born in Warrnambool, he married Vera Jean Swan in Christ Church Warrnambool, Victoria, daughter of Frederick George Swan and Catherine Sarah Tickner.

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Geoffrey Stuart Rayner and Vera have six children:

1/ Leigh Anne Rayner was born in Warrnambool, Victoria she married Robert Geoffrey Prideaux, in the St Johns Presbyterian Church,  Warrnambool.

2/ Gail Sandra Rayner.

3/ Lynn Cheryl Rayner.

4/ Stephen Geoffrey Rayner.

5/ Michael Stuart Rayner.

6/ Fiona Jean Rayner.

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Leigh Anne Rayner and Robert have two children:

1/ Leisa Jean Prideaux born in Chelsea, Victoria.

2/ James Robert Prideaux born in Chelsea, Victoria.

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Athur James Mills 1881-1964 and Margaret Elizabeth Greenbank had one child:

Freda May Mills was born on the 16th. September 1904 in Warrnambool, Victoria, and died 5 August 1996 in Cheltenham, Victoria. Freda married Hugh George McCullough, born 6th. September 1907, in Warrnambool, Victoria, and died 21 February 1969, in Mt. Waverly, Victoria. [Ref. "Favourite Links Page" for connections to the "Family of James McCullough] Freda and Hugh were married in the St. Johns Presbyterian Church, Warrnambool and had 5 children:

1/ Beryl Margaret McCullough was born in Warrnambool.

2/ Donald Hugh McCullough was born in warrnambool on the 22nd. February 1930 and died 17th. May 1952 from cancer.

3/ George Arthur McCullough was born in Warrnambool on the 6th. February 1933 and died 1st. July 1978.

4/ Alan David McCullough was born in Warrnambool and married Dawn Valarie Fletcher.

5/ Bruce Maxwell McCullough was born in Melbourne on the 23rd. December 1944, and married Carol Ann Wallace.

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Bruce Maxwell McCullough and Carol have three children:

1/ Michael David McCullough born Auckland, New Zealand.

2/ Joanne Maree McCullough born Auckland, New Zealand.

2/ Kevin Bruce McCullough born Auckland, New Zealand.

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