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Alberton

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Address:

100 Mt Albert Road, Mt Albert

Phone:

09 846 7367

Opening Hours:

  • Wednesday: 10:30am–4:30pm
  • Thursday: 10:30am–4:30pm
  • Friday: 10:30am–4:30pm
  • Weekends: 10:30am–4:30pm
  • Christmas Eve: 10:30am–4:30pm
  • New Year's Eve: 10:30am–4:30pm
  • Valentine's Day: 10:30am–4:30pm
  • Holy Saturday: 10:30am–4:30pm
  • Easter Day: 10:30am–4:30pm
  • April Fools: 10:30am–4:30pm
  • ANZAC Day: 10:30am–4:30pm
  • Mother's Day: 10:30am–4:30pm

This romantic timber mansion began as a farmhouse in 1863 and was later expanded to 18 rooms, with fairy-tale decorative verandahs and towers. It was owned by the Kerr Taylors, a leading family in Mount Albert, until it was left to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in 1972. Allan Kerr Taylor was a landowner, investor and provincial and local body politician. His wife Sophia was an outspoken advocate of the vote for women, as well as a singer, gardener and mother of 10. She ran the estate for 40 years after her husband’s death, with her three unmarried daughters running it for a further 40 years.

Alberton was famous in the 19th century for its balls, hunts, garden parties and music. It contains a wealth of original family furniture and other possessions, and several rooms retain their 19th century wallpapers.

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