Daisy Bowler Moncrieff 1894


Birth: 24 July 1894 Toora, South Gippsland, Victoria to Charlie Moncrieff and Isabella Christie

Marriage: 3 February 1915, Christchurch Church of England, Brunswick Victoria, Daisy Bowler Moncrieff  to Percy Cecil Mills b26 January 1892 Seymour, Victoria, to George James Mills and Mary Ann Fothergill

Death: 2 July 1984, Mount Barker, Western Australia



Charles Moncrieff b6 April 1885 d8 May 1958

John (Jack) Thomas Moncrieff b29 March 1889 d 2 September 1956

May Moncrieff b1 May 1892

Daisy Bowler Moncrieff b24 July 1894  d2 July 1984

Margaret Helen Moncrieff b26 December 1897  d1983

Belle Moncrieff b30 June 1902  d9 January 1983



Colin Mills b11 October 1915, Kanowna Western Australia, died Kanowna

Walter Cecil Mills b18 May 1917, Kanowna, Western Australia, married 26th February 1939, to to Valerie Isabella Lethbridge, b 9 June 1918, Perth, Western Australia.  4 children

Beryl Joan Mills b14 December 1919, Leonora, Western Australia married Basil Beeck. Died 16 Feb 1965

Dorothy May Mills b18 April 1923, m 16 Oct 1943, SDA Church Mount Barker, to Neville Anderson Beeck. 3 children

Norman Gordon Mills b15 October 1924, m 1946 to June Ellen Willoughby. 3 children

Percy Leslie Noel Mills b25 December 1929, married 1951 SDA church, to Dorothy Graham. 3 children

John Robert Moncrieff Mills b7 April 1935, married 1958 to Verona Caralie Hook.  4 children


Life sketch

The Western Australian Moncrieff family begins in December 1857 when the Charles Moncrieff family on Christmas day, embarked on the ship Rodney, an 877 ton ship, to emigrate from Ireland to Melbourne, Australia.  They worked in the Gippsland area of Victoria, Like many others at that time, they were also attracted to the gold discoveries in the Kalgoorlie area of Western Australian in the late 1900s.


Children included: Charles, William, John, Thomas and Margaret Moncrieff



Charley Moncrieff married Isabella Christie on 13 June 1888 in Traralgon, Victoria. Daisy Bowler Moncrieff was born 24 July 1894 in Toora South Gippsland.


The name Bowler comes from the family of her Aunt Margaret who married John Henry Bowler in 1884.

Daisy grew up in Victoria, moving to various Victorian country towns as work became available.


Charles Moncrieff and Isabella Christie must have moved to Kanowna between 1892, when May was born in Victoria, and 1908 when Charles was married in Kanowna, WA.  They would have travelled by ship, getting off at either Albany or Perth.



On 03 February 1915, Daisy Moncrieff married Percy Cecil Mills at Christchurch, Church of England, Brunswick, Victoria.  Minister: Henry Albert Bet.  The young couple drove a car across the Nullabor Plain, taking petrol with them, to the goldfields area of WA, and their first child, Colin was born in 1915.


Percy and Daisy lived in the Goldfield areas for several years. Walter was born in Kanowna in 1917, and Colin died at Kanowna. Beryl was born in Leonora, and around 1820 the family moved to Albany, where Percy operated a taxi business. The family spent many happy years in Albany, and it was here that Dorothy, Norman and Noel were born and spent their childhood, while Percy serviced the tourist trade with his Studebaker taxi.


The family became Seventh-day Adventists in Albany during a mission conducted by Pastor Robinson, and the family became members of the Albany and Mount Barker Seventh-day Adventist Churches. 


During the 1930s, the family moved to Mount Barker, living at “Hillside”, a small property on the outskirts of town. John Robert Moncrieff Mills was the last child, born on 7 April 1935. The Mills family raised dairy cows and grew apples and stone fruit.  Daisy encouraged all the family in music, and the family would stand around the player piano singing.


     Percy, Beryl, Daisy & Wal          Wal nursing Noel                         Wal with a new bike


In 1939, Wal Mills married Val Lethbridge, and after working on the railways for around 1 year, the 1940-1945 caused Wal to enlist in the army and he served in New Guinea.  During the War years, Percy and Daisy Mills had Peter Varazzi, an Italian Prisoner of war, helping on the farm, and this developed into a life-long friendship.


After the war, Wal and Val Mills settled on a farm in Mount Barker, where they raised their children, June, Jeanette, Merlene and Kelvin


The two Mills girls married Beeck brothers, who were farmers. Beryl married Basil Beeck, but tragically died of cancer on16 Feb 1965


Dorothy married Neville Beeck on 16 Oct 1943, at the SDA Church Mount Barker, and they had 3 children


Norm Mills became a refrigeration mechanic and worked in the frozen and chilled food industries (frozen peas and cold storage apples).  After the war Norm married in 1946 to June Ellen Willoughby, and they had three children, Les, Trevor and Keith.


Noel Mills did well as school, and moved to Perth where he obtained his matriculation at Perth Modern School.  Noel became a teacher.


At the conclusion of war, the Mills men and Peter Verazzi, who settled in Mount Barker, helped build a house for Wal and Val and children.  Merlene Faulkner (nee Mills) lived in this house for many years.


Percy died on 13th July 1967, and was buried in the SDA section of the Mount Barker Cemetery in Western Australia.  Daisy then spent time living in Albany and Mount Barker.


Daisy died in Albany on 02 July 1984, and was buried in the SDA section of the Mount Barker cemetery in Western Australia.