The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Wheel Traffic — Mills, Thomas Mander,
Mills, Thomas Mander, Livery and Bait Stable Proprietor, Barraud Street, Dannevirke. This business was established by the present proprietor, in January, 1894. The premises consist of commodious stables, up-to-date in every respect, containing over fifty stalls and loose boxes, and accommodation for vehicles. Five coaches, two 'busses, a waggonette, a landau, two waggons, three double buggies, and a large number of single buggies and gigs are employed in the business; and Mr. Mills is assisted by a staff of twelve experienced persons. Mr. Mills also holds the Government Weber-Herbertville mail contract, and in conjunction with his business farms 140 acres of good grazing land. He was born in England in the year 1867, and came to New Zealand with his parents at the age of four years. He was educated at the Woodville public school, was afterwards brought up to farm work, and gained a thorough knowledge of driving and training horses. For many years he was employed on Mr. Thomas Hunter's station, at Porangahau, and on Mr. F. G. Cowper's property, near Danne-virke, before establishing his present business. Mr. Mills is a member of the Dannevirke Jockey Club, the Hawke's Bay Agricultural and Pastoral Society, and the local Lodge of Foresters. He is married, and has two sons and one daughter.