Millbrae, South Australia, Australia
South Australia, Australia
- Cricketer, Educator and Sports Administrator
May Mills was played a prominent role in the development of women's sport in South Australia. She was President of the South Australian Women's Cricket Association and the Australian Women's Cricket Council in the 1960s. Prior to that she was President of the South Australian Women's Amateur Sports Council, the body that successully lobbied the then Premier, Sir Thomas Playford, to secure access to playing fields for the dedicated use of women. Trained as a teacher, she taught at Unley High School for thirty years. She became the first female President of the South Australian Institute of Teachers in 1943.
Apart from her interest in women's sport and teaching, Mills was active in a number of other spheres of public life. She was the first President of the South Australian Film and Television Council, a founding member of the Australian College of Education, a Life Vice-President of the National Council of Women and a Life Member of the Royal Commonwealth Society. She was the first women in South Australia to secure a license to drive a motor car.
May Mills contribution to women's cricket was recognised in 1984/85 by the creation of the May Mills Trophy for the Under 18 national Championship. This competition ran until 1995/96.