Colour­ful past for sale

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lisa Sloan

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.

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