Born in New Zealand, A. B. (Alexander Brown) Mason moved to Melbourne around 1885 to pursue his career as an upholsterer. During his early years in Northcote he became known as a temperance worker advocating abstinence from alcohol and was a long term member of the Independent Order of Rechabites - a society that promoted total abstinence from alcoholic beverages. He was also a keen advocate of military conscription, supporting the A.N.A.’s (Australian Natives Association) campaign to introduce compulsory military enlistment in Australia.
In 1911 he was voted in as a councillor for the South Ward and, due to the respect he earned for his work, was unanimously voted in as Mayor in 1915.
Argus [Melbourne], Monday 8 May 1916, Melbourne 1848 – 1957