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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Mr. J. A. Millar, — Port Chalmers

page 130

Mr. J. A. Millar,

Port Chalmers.

Mr. Millar was born in Julinder, East Indies, and is 39 years of age. His father is a Major-General of the Bengal Staff Corps. He served his apprenticeship to the sea, and holds a master's certificate. Outside of Parliament the only public positions held by him have been member of the Otago Dock Trust and Justice of the Peace. Mr. Millar has been intimately connected with the labour movement for the past ten years, having held the General Secretaryship of the N.Z. Branch of the Federated Seamen's Union of Australasia since 1887; was instrumental in creating the Maritime Labour Council of N.Z., and was Hon. Secretary for that body, also formed the present Otago Trades and Labour Council; was one of the Committee who formed the tailoresses of N Z. into a Union and was first Secretary for Dunedin branch, which position he resigned after getting the Union into working order. Represented N.Z. twice at the Seamen's Intercolonial Conferences, held in New South Wales; acted as arbitrator between the Wellington Woollen Co. and their employés during the strike at the Petone Woollen Mills, and was successful in effecting a settlement. In conjunction with Messrs. Lomas and Barrowman got the first Government co-operative works started at Cape Foul wind quarries after the strike between Wilkie and Co. and their employés. Was also instrumental in settling the dispute between the Union S.S. Co. and the Mercantile Marine Officers' Association.

Result of General Election, 1893:—
Millar. J. A. 1754 Returned.
Allen, E.G. 1635 Defeated.

Votes recorded, 3389; number on roll, 4811. Women on roll, 1818, of whom 1584 voted.