Letter [Charles Taylor to Mrs Taylor]; Charles Taylor (1826-1897); 20 Aug 1890; ...




Letter [Charles Taylor to Mrs Taylor]

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Letter, from Charles Taylor to Mrs Taylor; handwritten in black ink and relating to Allan Kerr Taylor's will and estate. Dated 20 August 1890 and written from Surrey.

Allan Kerr Taylor died suddenly in April 1890 leaving his wife Sophia in charge of his large estate. In this letter Allan's older brother Charles writes to Sophia lamenting the 'monstrous' succession duties attracted by the property. At the time Alberton was valued in excess of £20,000. Sophia made strenuous efforts to have it revalued in order to attract less tax.(1) Allan had died at an extremely inopportune time, when New Zealand was in the middle of a depression and his land and shares were worth little.

(1) Jan Harris, 'Alberton and Its Family', Wellington, 1999

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


Charles Taylor (1826-1897)

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Date Made

20 Aug 1890

Medium and Materials



20.5 x 26.4cm

Credit Line

Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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Alberton   Alberton

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