Albion Hotel (Creswick Road)

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Albion Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Creswick Road
Known dates 1861-1863

The Albion Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1861-1863>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Albion Hotel was in Creswick Road.[1] Hargeaves identified the hotel as being near the four mile post.[2] That would place it approximately at the intersection with Sims Road at Mount Rowan, Google Map Ref: -37.505312, 143.845049

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History[edit | edit source]

Albion Hotel sale notice, June 1861

The hotel furnishings were offered for sale in June 1861:

WEDNESDAY, 12th JUNE To Farmers, Publicans, and Parties Furnishing. In the Insolvent Estate of Peter Mason. MITCHISON BROTHERS will sell by auction, on the above-named day, on the premises known as the Albion Hotel, Mount Rowan, Creswick Creek road, A well-assorted stock of wines, beers, spirits, glasses, measures, bar fittings, chairs, tables, sofas, pianoforte by Broadwood, pictures, carpets, hand organ, clocks, sideboard, beds and bedding, washstands and sets, and a variety of useful household furniture and kitchen utensils. Also, 2 staunch young draught horses, drays, gig, harness, saddles, ploughs, harrows, Agricultural implements, hay, wheaten and oaten straw, flour, bran, wheat, oats, about 100 fowls, and sundries. Sale to commence at Eleven o'clock sharp. Terms-Cash, N.B.-The unexpired term of lease (about 14 years to run) of the land on which the hotel is built, containing 146 acres of good land, securely fenced, 80 acres of which are under crop, will shortly be submitted by auction, due notice of which will be given.[3]

In July 1861, Mason's land holding were offered for sale including the hotel block:

LOT 2. Allot, 42 as above, containing 86a. 3r. 22p securely fenced, twenty acres of which are ploughed and cleared, and on which is erected the Albion Hotel, containing 7 rooms, lately built in a most superior manner, with detached kitchen, store-room Stable, Stockyard, and Accommodation.[4]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • On 30 May 1861 – Peter Mason, Farmer and publican of Creswick Road was declared bankrupt. The causes were listed as creditors; losses in consequence of being unable to get lease for land on Creswick Road, near Ballarat, upon which he’d erected the Albion Hotel; expenditure of large sums of money in clearing land for his farm; falling off in business. His assets at the time were listed as Freehold land at (?) Creek and on Melb. Road near Geelong; a lease in expectancy for land on Creswick and Albion Hotel erected on that land; with the total worth being estimated at £760. Other assets included furniture, farm implements etc. worth £572. Total assets were listed as £1636/3/0 and Total debts as £779/12. Debts due to Insolvent: Good: £304/3/0; Bad £4200 of which £4000 was due for the supplying of goods to Geelong people while working in Geelong.[5]
  • In March 1863 the publican was J. Tait.[2]
  • In June 1863 the publican was John Landsdown.[1] He did not appear at the licensing hearing in June 1863, so the hearing was postponed for two weeks.[1]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1863 'BALLARAT WEST PUBLICANS' ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 June, p. 4, viewed 10 February, 2014,
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 17, 1943, Ballarat
  3. 1861 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 7 June, p. 3. , viewed 03 Jun 2017,
  4. 1861 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 16 July, p. 3. , viewed 03 Jun 2017,
  5. Ballarat Library - Cards of Insolvents #583

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