Photograph; Alberton; XAH.B.163
Photograph; AlbertonAbout this object
This coloured photograph pictures Muriel Kerr Taylor on the right with her niece and two great-nieces and great-nephew.
Although Muriel and her sisters, Winifred and Mildred, never married and had children, they were loving aunts to their many nieces and nephews. After their mother’s death in 1930, Muriel, Winifred and Mildred continued to live at Alberton, their family home. Some of their nephews and nieces lived at Alberton with them while attending secondary school. Later, some of their great-nieces and great-nephews also stayed at Alberton during school holidays or while attending university. (1)
According to family members, Muriel was quieter than her sisters, but she had the best sense of humour and delighted in playing tricks on the children. In her report on the Kerr Taylor family, Jan Harris relates a story told to her by Vivienne Wilson, Muriel’s great-niece, about the tricks Muriel used to play:
“The visiting children used to sneak out of bed at night, drape sheets over themselves, and hide in the hydrangea bushes between the oaks and sycamores on Mount Albert Road. They would wait for people walking down from the tram, and ‘waft out and go Oooooo … it was very realistic!’ However, one evening as they were coming back into the house round the ballroom, ‘talking and laughing in quiet whispers amongst ourselves … suddenly this ghost wafted out … from behind the chimney of the ballroom!’ When their terror subsided they realised that this very tall ghost was Muriel.” (2)
For more information about the Kerr Taylor family and Alberton, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.
(1) Jan Harris, ‘Alberton and its Family,’ 1999.
(2) Jan Harris, ‘Alberton and its Family,’ 1999.
9 x 8.7cmObject Type
Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere TaongaObject number
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