Western Leader : February 15th 2011
20 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 NEWS Grand entrance: A view of Alberton from the front lawn. Historic home a visit to days gone by Good old days: Alberton as it appeared in the 1890s. Water feature: The fountain at the front of Alberton is still in use today. By SCOTT MORGAN 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. Dolly: A doll played with by one of Allan Kerr-Taylor's 10 children remains on display at Alberton. A little piece of the 19th century can be found at Alberton House. The Mt Albert prop- erty, 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, Mil- dred and Muriel helped their mother run the property, with Muriel donating Alberton to the trust after her death in 1972. Alberton visitor ser- vices co-ordinator Penny van der Velde says the home is a fantastic place to work. There s a huge var- iety of things to do, Ms van der Velde says. I look after the people who 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. A $500,000 reno- vation project was also recently completed, which involved fixing the roof and restoring the home s old wallpaper. Alberton, located on the corner of Kerr-Taylor Ave and Mt Albert Rd, Mt Albert, 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. Go online to www.west ernleader.co.nz to see a slideshow of Alberton.
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