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Cabinet photograph [depicting Violet and Thora Daisy Kerr Taylor]; R H Bartlett; 1...

Cabinet photograph [depicting Violet and Thora Daisy Kerr Taylor]; R H Bartlett; 19th Century; XAH.GH.2.30
Cabinet photograph [depicting Violet and Thora Daisy Kerr Taylor]
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Cabinet photograph; showing Violet Kerr Taylor on the left and her sister Thora Daisy Kerr Taylor on the right. Both girls wear dark velvet dresses with white collars. This photograph was made after Daisy's death, from two separate photographs which have been merged together. The photograph is on a black backing, with the Bartlett studio markings.

Thora Daisy died of 'brain fever' on 15 September 1885, aged nine. While the death of a child was not unusual during the Victorian era this does not mean that the loss was not felt greatly by parents and family members. The inclusion of Daisy in this photograph, even after her death, is evidence of this. In another photograph album held at Alberton small drawings done by Daisy as a child are also kept as a poignant reminder of their tragic loss.

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
19th Century
Medium and Materials
16.3 x 10.2cm
Credit Line
Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Object Type
Object number


Adeline Violet Kerr Taylor
Child mortality
Thora Daisy Kerr Taylor

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