Peter Mason

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Peter Mason
Occupation Publican
Years active 1861
Known for Albion Hotel
Home town Ballarat

Peter Mason was a publican in Ballarat, Victoria, <1861.

History[edit | edit source]

Mason was a farmer who built the Albion Hotel in Creswick Road, at Mount Rowan, about four miles from Ballarat.

On 30 May 1861 he 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.[1]

In July 1861, Mason's properties in Ballarat were offered for sale:

WEDNESDAY, 24th JULY. To Farmers, Publicans, Capitalists and Others. RARE OPPORTUNITY. In the Insolvent Estate of Peter Mason, of Mount Rowan. MITCHISON BROTHERS will sell by auction, on the above-named day, at their Rooms, Main Road, Ballarat. All the Right, Title, and Interest of the Official Assignee in the above Estate, in and to the unexpired Term of Lease, having about 14 years to run, of the following valuable FARMS and PROPERTIES, situate near Waldie's Bald Hill, on the Creswick Road and facing Mount Rowan.

LOT 1. All that piece or parcel of Land, being Allot. 36, Ballarat Suburban, fronting the Creswick road, and containing 94 acres uncleared Land, good soil, lightly timbered.

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.

LOT 3 Allot 43 as above, containing 60a. 0r. 0p., fine Agricultural Land, securely fenced, and now under a fine crop of wheat.

The whole of the above will be submitted in one Lot, and is subject to a rental of 10s per acre per annum. Upwards of Two Thousand Pounds has been expended during the past two years, in clearing, fencing, and improving the property and from its proximity to the Ballarat market, with a metalled road the whole distance it offers an opportunity to farmers rarely met with. Full particulars as to title, &c., can be had on application to the auctioneers. Sale at twelve sharp. - Terms Cash.[2]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ballarat Library - Cards of Insolvents #583
  2. 1861 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 16 July, p. 3. , viewed 03 Jun 2017,

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