Alma Anthony Mills, the son of Peter Mills, well-known architect and builder, and his wife Elizabeth Kepton, was born in England in 1855. He arrived in Launceston as an infant with his family in Dec 1856. Two younger brothers were born in Launceston and they all followed in their father's business. Alma was named after the battle of the Crimean War which took place on 20 Sep 1854. He married Eliza Patience Kirby on 5 Aug 1875 and is listed as an ironmonger. They had three sons: Alma Walter, born 27 Sep 1875; Alfred Peter, 14 Sep 1876 and Percy William, 5 Nov 1877.
After Eliza's death in Launceston on 31 Jul 1889, Alma married Margaret Ellen (Maggie) Egan on 12 Aug 1891. At this time he was a 'keeper of fancy goods', living in Brisbane Street, just off the corner of George Street. Alma and Margaret had two sons: Anthony Roy, born 15 Mar 1892 and Cyril Martini, 9 Dec 1893. Alma was a member of the Launceston Artillery. After his death on 18 May 1911, at the age of 56, his wife continued the business. Alma had been left the legacy of paying off his brothers' debts in Launceston when they moved to Victoria.