Book, 'Etiquette for Ladies and Gentlemen'; Milner and Sowerby; 1858; XAH.C.306




Book, 'Etiquette for Ladies and Gentlemen'

About this object

Book; entitled 'Etiquette for Ladies and Gentlemen; Or, the Principles of True Politeness: To Which is Added, The Ballroom Manual', published in Halifax in 1858 by Milner and Sowerby. A small book with red covers with a gilt illustration of a man and a woman bowing. The frontispage features a colour printed illustration of men and women dancing.

The Kerr Taylor’s played an active role in the social life of early Auckland, hosting many events and parties at Alberton, including the 'first county or riding ball in New Zealand'(1) in 1877. This was attended by some 250 people. They also participated as members of Auckland’s elite in various other meetings, dances, and outings. Learning the principles of etiquette and politeness would have been essential to the education of the Kerr Taylor children, particularly due to their class and conservative upbringing.

(1) New Zealand Herald, 25 Sep 1877.

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


Milner and Sowerby

Maker Role


Date Made


Medium and Materials



12.6 x 8.4cm

Credit Line

Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Object Type


Object number


Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

charlie 14 Sep 2015 20:50 PM,UTC

hi i have the same book its red and its dose not say gentleman just ladies is it a rare book ?

kind regards

This object is from
Alberton   Alberton

Include tags such as place names, people, dates, events and colours. Use commas to separate multiple tags. e.g. Pablo Picasso, Madrid, red, 1930s.