Historic home a visit to days gone by

Last updated 10:04 05/01/2011

An audio slideshow created by photographer Jason Oxenham of Alberton house in Mt Albert

A little piece of the 19th century can be found at Alberton House. The Mt Albert property, owned by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, is set up as it was when members of the Kerr-Taylor family lived there throughout the 1800s and into the 20th century. It includes a ballroom, drawing room, study, nursery and attic. Allan Kerr-Taylor lived at the property with his wife Sophia and their 10 children until his death in 1890. Sisters Winifred, Mildred and Muriel helped their mother run the property, with Muriel donating Alberton to the trust after her death in 1972. Alberton visitor services co-ordinator Penny van der Velde says the home is a fantastic place to work. "There's a huge variety of things to do," Ms van der Velde says. "I look after the people that come to see the property. "I stress to them it's a home, not just an open building. It's a place where real lives were once carried out."

- Central Leader

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