Book, 'The Wide, Wide World'; Susan Warner (1819-1885); XAH.C.1289




Book, 'The Wide, Wide World'

About this object

This book, entitled 'The Wide, Wide World,' belonged to Muriel Kerr Taylor when she was 11 years old.

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.

'The Wide, Wide World' tells the story of a young girl named Ellen Montgomery who is sent to live with her unfamiliar aunt when her mother becomes gravely ill. In the face of this adversity, Ellen struggles to learn to love God and live a Christian life.

'The Wide, Wide World' would have been considered a suitable book for a young girl like Muriel to read as it was originally written with the goal of teaching young people a Christian lesson and instructing them on how to live a true Christian life. Muriel’s family were devoutly Anglican and they attended both morning and evening services at St. Luke’s Church in Mount Albert every Sunday.

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


Susan Warner (1819-1885)

Maker Role



Frederick Warne and Company (estab. 1865)

Maker Role


Place Made

London, England

Medium and Materials



22 x 14cm

Credit Line

Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

This object is from
Alberton   Alberton

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