Eastern Courier : February 2nd 2011
Historic home a visit to days gone by By SCOTT MORGAN Grand entrance: A view of Alberton from the front lawn. Dinner time: The dining room at Alberton as it may have been set up when the Kerr- Taylor family lived there. Historical treasure: Alberton visitor services co-ordinator Penny van der Velde admires the view from the historic property. Good old days: Alberton as it appeared in the 1890s. Water feature: The fountain at the front of Alberton is still in use today. A little piece of the 19th cen- tury 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 cen- tury. 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 fan- tastic place to work. There s a huge variety of things to do, Ms van der Velde says. I look after the people who come to see the property, she says. I stress to them it s a home, not just an open build- ing. It s a place where real lives were once carried out. A $500,000 renovation project was also recently completed, which involved fixing the roof and restoring the old wall- paper. Alberton, located on the corner of Kerr-Taylor Ave and Mt Albert Rd, is open to the public from Wednesday to Friday, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Admission is $8.50 for adults, while children are free. 19 EASTERN COURIER, FEBRUARY 2, 2011 NEWS Go to the website www.easterncourier. co.nz to see a slideshow of Alberton.
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