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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Great story. I wonder if the ball was reported in the local newspaper? Will have to look on Trove. Mind you, after Christmas Day I don't know if I would have the stamina for a ball on Boxing Day!