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Cabinet photograph [Sophia Kerr Taylor and children]; J W Edwards (estab. 1880s); ...

Cabinet photograph [Sophia Kerr Taylor and children]; J W Edwards (estab. 1880s); Post 1885; XAH.GH.2.4
Cabinet photograph [Sophia Kerr Taylor and children]
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Cabinet photograph; in black and white. The photograph depicts Sophia Kerr Taylor surrounded by four of her children. At top left is Mildred, to the right is Winifred, at bottom left is Muriel or possibly Theodore, and at bottom right is Violet. The family are seated in an 'outdoor' studio scene. The photograph is mounted onto pale blue card, with embossed details for the photographer, J. W. Edwards, at the bottom edge.

Like most Victorian women, Sophia Kerr Taylor’s major function was the production of children. Indeed, she and Allan Kerr Taylor had 10 children, born between 1866 and 1888, two of whom died at a young age. Three of the girls depicted in this photograph, Mildred (Milly), Winifred (Winnie) and Muriel, never married, and after their mother's death in 1930 lived on at Alberton, continuing to derive their income from land sales and investments. Violet Kerr Taylor would run off with a shipping clerk (later an Army officer) and spent her life living in England. This was one of Sophia’s great disappointments as, according to family tradition, she never thought anybody good enough to marry her daughters.(1)

(1) Jan Harris, 'Alberton and Its Family', Wellington, 1999

For more information about the Kerr Taylor family and Alberton, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Maker Role
Date Made
Post 1885
Medium and Materials
cardboard; paper
16.5 x 10.6cm
Credit Line
Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
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