Book, 'The Child's Companion, and Juvenile Instructor'; XAH.L.177




Book, 'The Child's Companion, and Juvenile Instructor'

About this object

This hardbound book, entitled The Child’s Companion, and Juvenile Instructor, belonged to Muriel Kerr Taylor. Muriel was awarded the book when she was nine years old for “attendance, lessons & conduct” at St. Luke’s Sunday School in Mount Albert.

The Kerr Taylor family were devout Anglicans and attended both morning and evening services at St. Luke’s Church in Mount Albert every Sunday. All of the Kerr-Taylor children attended Sunday School where their mother, Sophia Kerr Taylor, taught for 46 years. Muriel’s sisters, Winifred and Mildred, also taught at the Sunday School when their mother retired in 1920. (1)

Books, like this one, were an important part of Victorian life in an era where there was no television, computers, or radio. Books were not only a vital source of entertainment, but were also didactic, teaching young children important lessons in morality and correct behaviour.

(1) Jan Harris, ‘Alberton and its Family,’ 1999.

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

Place Made

London, England

Medium and Materials

Paper and cardboard


22.8 x 17cm

Credit Line

Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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Alberton   Alberton

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