Carte de viste, untitled [Thora Daisy and Violet Kerr Taylor]; G Redfern (estab....




Carte de viste, untitled [Thora Daisy and Violet Kerr Taylor]

About this object

This black and white carte de visite pictures Thora Daisy on a chair, and Adeline Violet Kerr Taylor on her left. They are both wearing white dresses and Thora Daisy has a sash tied around her waist.

Thora Daisy, known as Daisy to her family, died of ‘brain fever’ on 15 September 1885, aged nine. Although it is not known for certain what was meant by ‘brain fever’, it is likely that it was some form of meningitis.

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. In the Kerr Taylor family archives held at Alberton, there are a number of mementoes which serve as poignant reminders of the family’s tragic loss, including small drawings by Daisy and a watercolour portrait of Daisy with Adeline Violet. Daisy’s parents also commissioned a stained glass window in the chancel of St. Luke’s Church in Mount Albert, Auckland, in memory of their young daughter. (1)

Adeline Violet, commonly referred to as Violet, was the only one out of her four sisters to marry. She ran off to wed Albert Edward Gilmore, a shipping agent and Army officer, on 15 November 1894. This was a great disappointment to Violet’s mother who was domineering and over-possessive, as she believed that nobody was good enough to marry her daughters. (2)

(1) Jan Harris, ‘Alberton and Its Family,’ 1999
(2) Ibid

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

Auckland, New Zealand


G Redfern (estab. 19th century)

Maker Role


Date Made

Pre 1885


10.2 x 6.3cm

Object Type

Cabinet photograph

Medium and Materials

Photograph and cardboard

Credit Line

Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Object number


Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

This object is from
Alberton   Alberton

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