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[[Colonel]] Tom Millner [[Military Cross|MC]] [[Volunteer Decoration|VD]]

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Colonel Tom Millner MC VD
Born(1887-02-23)23 February 1887
Sydney, Australia
💀Died4 October 1986(1986-10-04) (aged 99)
Cheltenham, New South Wales4 October 1986(1986-10-04) (aged 99)
🏳️ NationalityAustralian
🏫 EducationNewington College
💼 Occupation
Colonel in the Australian Army, company director
👩 Spouse(s)Mary Pattinson, daughter of businessman Lewy Pattinson
👶 ChildrenThree sons

Colonel Thomas George Millner MC VD (23 February 1887 – 4 October 1986) was a Colonel in the Australian Army, company director and philanthropist.


Millner was born in Sydney and was educated at Newington College (1898-1903).[1] He married Mary Pattinson, daughter of businessman Lewy Pattinson, founder of Washington H. Soul Pattinson.

He received his first commission In the Australian Army Service Corps in 1910, and was attached to the 8th West Sydney Company, and went to the front during World War I with the 2nd Army Servlce Corps as a Lieutenant under General Sir William Bridges.[2] Millner returned from the war as a Major having been awarded the Military Cross.[3]

Millner enlisted for service in World War II on 28 July 1942 and was discharged on 11 October 1944 having attained the rank of Colonel.[4]

In 1936 he donated the Millner Gates to Newington College in memory of his father, W J Millner,[5] an Old Boy of Prince Alfred College, Adelaide. They form part of the Stanmore road boundary of Newington that is distinguished by a rusticated stone and wrought iron fence and that is now heritage listed.[6][7]

In 1947 Millner provided funds for the purchase by Eastwood Rugby Club of approximately seven and a half acres of land a mile and a half north-east of Eastwood Railway Station. This now serves as the home ground of Eastwood Rugby Club and is named T G Millner Field in his honour.[8]

He was the father of Jim Millner and grandfather of Robert Millner.


  1. Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Sydney, 1999) pp136
  2. "MEN OF THE DARDANELLES". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 7 June 1915. p. 6. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  3. "AIRMEN RETURN". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 20 June 1919. p. 9. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  4. WW2 Nominal Roll
  5. "MEMORIALS". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 2 March 1936. p. 8. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  6. Heritage Branch – Newington College Grounds
  7. Celebrating Eighty years on – a gift remembered Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  8. Club History Retrieved 16 August 2017.

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