Christmas card; Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd (estab. 1866); c. 1895; XAH.GH.868




Christmas card

About this object

This Christmas card, shaped like a pansy and featuring the words “A happy Christmas”, was sent to Muriel Kerr Taylor in 1895 when she was eight years old.

Muriel and her family were devout Anglicans, and Christmas would have been a time to attend Church services. The Kerr Taylor family attended services at St. Luke’s Church in Mount Albert, Auckland, and it is highly likely that they went there to worship on Christmas Day.

Although there is no record of special celebrations at Alberton during Christmas time, the spirit of philanthropy was strong within the Kerr Taylor family. Every year around Christmas time, the Kerr Taylor family held a party for the children who attended St. Luke’s Sunday school. Children who were invited to the festivities were “regaled with sandwiches and strawberries and cream to their hearts content,” played games, indulged in a “plentiful tea,” and then sent home with a “supply of lollies.” (1)

(1) New Zealand Herald, 20 December 1887, p. 4.

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


Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd (estab. 1866)

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Date Made

c. 1895

Place Made


Medium and Materials



15 x 6.8cm

Credit Line

Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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Alberton   Alberton

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