Growing up in the Mills Family meant music, music, and more
The Mills Family house was like a drop-in centre, refuge, resource
centre and family home all rolled into one. Parents, David and Kathy, both
loved to sing and play music together.
Kathy Mills compliments David's skills
beautifully with her incredible ability to memorise songs and historical
and cultural information. Kathy has her own powerhouse of talents to contribute
to the community of Darwin and the Aboriginal people both here and elsewhere.
Being an honest, fair minded and extremely hard working woman she was to
become one of the most respected aboriginal activists in the history of
Australia. They were both born in 1936 and are still singing
together at social gathering and special entertainment nights when the
occasion arises. Kathy has always loved to write and many of the
songs that she and her daughters sing, started out as mum's poetry.".
The Mills Sisters performing
at the Gardens Amphitheatre, Darwin in the 1980's. Left to right: Violet,
Allyson, Barbara and June.
| David would play the
guitar and Kathy would play the ukelele and both would sing in harmony.
They would sing all the popular songs of the era, with many of them being
the top musicals of the day.
David was an extremely talented, self-taught musician,
who played by ear, mastered every instrument he laid his hand
on. Guitar, steel guitar, ukelele, mandolin, drums - perfect accompaniment
to a beautiful singing voice and a wonderful entertainer. David is well
loved as a comedian and storyteller of real life events, and in particular