My third great-grandfather, George Mather arrived in South Australia late in 1864. A publican, the first hotel he took over was the Albion Hotel located on Morphett Street and his first order of business was to hold a Grand Opening Ball on 26 December 1864.

George continued with the licence to run the Albion until it was transferred to John Lamb on 13 June 1866. 

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Grand Opening Ball newspaper advertisement, 24 December 1864

1864 'Advertising', South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), 24 December, p1; Trove digitised newspapers, accessed 19 December 2013.

Man and children outside a dilapidated and partially demolished Albion Hotel, c.1910

Courtesy of the State Library of South Australia, SLSA: B3845, no known copyright.