Topic: Thomas Milne (1903-1975)

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Thomas Milne was a keen bandsman and was secretary of the Tauranga Municipal Town Band for 13 years. This article is compiled from his obituary which appeared in the 'Bay of Plenty Times' on 12 August 1975 and with help from his daughter, Heather McLean.

The Mayor of Tauranga, Mr R. A. Owens, last night paid tribute to a former city councillor, Mr Thomas Milne who died at Tauranga Hospital on August 10, 1975.

At a special meeting of the Tauranga City Council, Mr owns said Mr Milne had served the borough well for many years. Councillors stood in silence as a tribute to Mr Milne.

Born in Glasgow in 1903 and educated at Hawera, Mr Milne took an active interest in the growth and development of Tauranga and participated in many sporting activities.

His involvement with the Tauranga Borough Council went back to 1918, when he became power station operator at Omanawa falls. He held the same position at McLaren Falls until 1925 and was foreman of the sulphur works at White Island until the works closed.

In 1942, he re-joined the Borough Council staff as a relief power station operator and meter reader, and for many years was Tauranga’s sole meter reader.

Mr Milne was a keen bandsman and was secretary of the Municipal Town Band – as it was then known – for 13 years.

He filled many roles on the band’s executive and was life member and president at the time of his death.

Thomas Milne: Tauranga Municipal Band

Thomas Milne in the uniform of the Tauranga Municipal Band at his home in Marsh Street, Tauranga (c 1930).

He also took a keen interest in rugby, joining the Tauranga Rugby Referees Association 50 years ago. He was secretary and president of the association at various times and was also honoured with a life membership.

Another of Mr Milne’s interests was the Tauranga Bowling Club, of which he was also secretary, president and life member, and he also served on the executive of the club.

Mr Milne had the rare distinction of being elected a Borough councillor in 1953, while still an employee of the council, and held this position until 1962.

He married Miss Essie Lloyd in 1928 and spent the rest of his life in Tauranga.

Mr Milne is survived by his wife, four daughters and seven grandchildren.

Tauranga Municipal Band (1938)

Tauranga Municipal Band (1938).

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Thomas Milne (1903-1975)

First Names:Thomas
Last Name:Milne
Date of Birth:20 January 1903
Place of Birth:Glasgow
Country of birth:Scotland
Date of death:10 August 1975
Place of death:Tauranga Hospital
Spouses name:Essie Lloyd
Date of marriage:1928

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