Colourful past for sale
Visitors to Alberton can now take away a piece of the past with them.
A book detailing the history of the 145-year-old house is now available for sale to visitors and tourists.
The 23-page book features information about the Kerr-Taylor family, whose descendants lived at Alberton until the 1970s.
It costs $8 a copy and proceeds go to the maintenance of the historic home.
Staff at Alberton have been compiling the book for the past few years and are happy to finally see it in print.
“We are delighted with the result,” says manager Rendell McIntosh.
“There’s a story to be told and it’s nice for people to have something to take away with them.”
The book is the first ever account of Alberton’s history with colour pictures.
It describes the estate’s founding members Allan and Sophia KerrTaylor and their 10 children, as well as the activities that took place in every room of the house.
Alberton cleaner and restorer Craig Humberstone helped design the book.
“The hardest part was knowing what to leave out,” he says.
“Every word has been agonised over and the book does the family justice.”
To buy a copy call Alberton on 856-7367 or visit the house at 100 Mt Albert Rd.