Letter; 12 Sep 1890; XAH.A.85





About this object

Letter, from an illegible sender to Mrs Taylor; handwritten in ink, dated 12 September 1890 and written from Sydney in regard to the late Allan Kerr Taylor's shares in the Colonial Sugar Refining Company.

When Allan Kerr Taylor died suddenly of a cerebral haemorrhage in April 1890, it was his wife Sophia who was left in charge of his large estate. While she had her eldest son, Vincent, and lawyers to advise her, she acted independently. For example, challenging the lawyer’s account and having it reduced.(1) At the time, New Zealand was in the middle of a depression and Allan’s land and shares were worth little. However, his affairs were not as disastrous as those of some others and Sophia continued to derive income from land sales and investments as well as selling produce from the estate.

(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.

Date Made

12 Sep 1890

Medium and Materials



20.1 x 25cm

Credit Line

Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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