1848 letter is found
A letter written by Allan Kerr Taylor, the original owner of Alberton House, has been rediscovered in Wellington’s Alexander Turnbull Library archives.
It was written for a family friend in 1848 when Mr Kerr Taylor was 15 years old and describes his voyage to New Zealand, says Alberton manager Rendell McIntosh.
Mr Kerr Taylor arrived in Auckland in 1849 to join his brothers Richard and William near Glen Innes and established himself by buying land in Mt Albert.
By 1863 he’d built the original farmhouse, which was later extended and transformed into Alberton.
His letter was found among the Kerr Taylor family papers in the manuscript collection of the library, almost 40 years after it was acquired in London, and has helped Mr McIntosh fill in the gaps of knowledge about Alber- ton’s original owner and builder.
“The letter shows Allan to be well educated, adventurous, intelligent and also a little bit vulnerable,” says Mr McIntosh.
“It gives us some fascinating insights into the man.”
Nearly 400,000 people have visited Alberton since it became a New Zealand Historic Places Trust property in 1973.