The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]
Standish and Preece, photo.
Mrs A. G. Burns.
Mr. Alexander Millar, who is well known as a bass singer, was born in London in 1859, and received his musical education from Dr. Lemaire, of that city. Mr. Millar came to Lyttelton per ship “Euterpe,” in 1880, after having gained considerable experience in mercantile life before leaving England. He was for about ten years employed with the firm of Harper and Co., barristers and solicitors. In 1894 Mr. Millar entered the Public Trust and Advances to Settlers office, and on the separation of the latter department, continued on the staff. Mr. Millar took part in the services at the opening of the Cathedral, and has since been a member of the Cathedral choir. At public concerts of all kinds he is popular as a leading bass soloist, and has been a prominent member of the Christchurch Amateur Operatic Company, taking leading characters in the performances. He has been an active member of the Liedertafel, and taken part in many concerts given by the Christchurch Musical Union. Mr. Millar is a member of the Masonic Order, attached to Lodge St. Augustine, E.C., of which he was worshipful master in 1893, and has also taken the Royal Arch Degree. He was married in 1886, to a daughter of Mr. Wade, and has two sons and two daughters.