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This romantic timber mansion began as a farmhouse in 1863 and was later expanded to 18 rooms, with fairy-tale decorative verandahs and towers. It was owned by the Kerr Taylors, a leading family in Mount Albert, until it was left to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (now Heritage New Zealand) in 1972. Allan Kerr Taylor was a landowner, investor and provincial and local body politician. His wife Sophia was an outspoken advocate of the vote for women, as well as a singer, gardener and mother of 10. She ran the estate for 40 years after her husband’s death, with her three unmarried daughters running it for a further 40 years.

Alberton was famous in the 19th century for its balls, hunts, garden parties and music. It contains a wealth of original family furniture and other possessions, and several rooms retain their 19th century wallpapers.

Collection Type
Historic Site

Contact Details
Postal address icon100 Mt Albert Road, Mt Albert, Auckland
Telephone number icon64-9-846 7367
Web address iconhttp://www.heritage.org.nz/places/places-to-visit/auckland-region/alberton
Email address iconalberton@heritage.co.nz

Visitor Information
Physical address icon100 Mt Albert Road, Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconWednesday - Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm
Charges iconAdults: $10 Children free Unaccompanied children $3.50 Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events.

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Diary [The Royal Pocket Book, 1862, Patty and Allan Kerr Taylor]; 1862; XAH.A.25Book, 'An Odd Lot'; Walter Gordon, Thomas Hailes Lacy; XAH.C.1097Concert programme clipping [Kia-Tere Hockey Club, 1906]; 1906; XAH.GH.59Book, 'May's Guide to Farming in New Zealand'; Joseph May, George T Chapman, W Atkins (estab. 19th Century); Circa 1869; XAH.C.270Book, 'The Natural History of the Feline'; Sir William Jardine, Stirling and Kenney, W H Lizars; 1832; XAH.GH.122
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Piano; Erard (estab. 1777, closed 1971); 1906; XAH.Y.51.1Scrimshaw horn; Circa 1861; XAH.V.32.2Scrimshaw horn; XAH.V.32.1Toy [Horse and cart]; Circa 1912; XAH.GH.125Ear trumpet; XAH.O.64
Library -View all (15)
Book, 'Elementa Latina'; W. H. Morris; 1888; XAH.C.892Book, 'Dr Ahn's First French Course'; Dr Ahn, J. J. B. Poclet; 1877; XAH.C.1065Book, 'Lessons in Elementary Chemistry'; Henry E. Roscoe; 1882; XAH.C.939Book, 'Inorganic Chemistry; William Jago; 1886; XAH.C.813Book, 'Barnard Smith's School Arithmetic'; Barnard Smith; 1865; XAH.C.884
Photography and Multimedia -View all (15)
Cabinet photograph [Sophia Kerr Taylor and children]; J W Edwards (estab. 1880s); Post 1885; XAH.GH.2.4Print, Untitled [The late Mrs Cowie, widow of The Late Primate]; Circa 1895-1902; XAH.Z.47Photograph [Winifred Kerr Taylor]; 1896; XAH.GH.56Cabinet photograph [depicting Violet and Thora Daisy Kerr Taylor]; R H Bartlett; 19th Century; XAH.GH.2.30Carte de viste, untitled [Thora Daisy and Violet Kerr Taylor]; G Redfern (estab. 19th century); Pre 1885; XAH.GH.3.105

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