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Motorway Improvement Work
Newton to St Lukes
The NZ Transport Agency advises there will be re-surfacing work
on SH16 Westbound, between Newton Rd and St Lukes, starting on
Thursday 11th April.
We expect this work will take four weeks to complete (excluding
Friday & Saturday nights). Working hours will be between 10pm-5am
when traffic is at its lightest.
Lane closures will be in place on SH16 in this area during the work,
with occasional detours.
Please note there may be added noise during this time and we
apologise for any inconvenience caused. In order to reduce
disturbance to neighbouring residents, we will endeavour to complete
the noisiest work in the shortest time possible.
If this work is delayed by bad weather it will take place on the next
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issues please call Auckland Motorways on 09 5200 200.
High drama at Alberton
By EMMA WHITTAKER
KERR TAYLOR FAMILY TREE
VIOLET KERR TAYLOR
MAURICE DENIS NIGEL
JOHN MICHAEL IAN MARGARET
ALLAN KERR TAYLOR
SOPHIA KERR TAYLOR
Returning home: Margaret Guyver
returns to Alberton to celebrate its
150th anniversary. She is the great-
granddaughter of Allan Kerr Taylor
who built the house.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
Family portrait: Mildred, Muriel,
Sophia, Winifred and Violet Kerr
Taylor in 1893.
Behind one of Auckland's best
known historic houses is a little
known love story with all of the
trimmings of a classic.
This year marks the 150th
anniversary of Alberton.
The Mt Albert house was built
in 1863 by businessman Allan
Kerr Taylor who once owned vast
tracts of Auckland land.
His wife Sophia Kerr Taylor
was a well-known women's rights
Despite their prominence, the
family history is still new to their
Her grandmother Violet Kerr
Taylor was cut off by Sophia when
she married. As a schoolgirl Violet
attracted the attention of working
class English shipping clerk
Family tradition has it that he
would meet her walking home
from school and carry her books,''
Mrs Guyver says.
Mr Gilmore was invited to par-
ties at Alberton which was famous
for its balls and hunts, but it was
clear he'd never be welcomed by
Sophia as Violet's husband.
Sophia was against any of her
daughters marrying,'' Mrs Guyver
says. We're not sure why she was
such a party pooper. She might
have wanted to be the queen bee
with all her daughters around her
but it's more likely that she
thought her daughter's admirers
One morning in 1894 20-year-
old Violet put on her hat and coat,
told her mother she was going
shopping and instead went and
The original story is that the
couple headed straight for the
docks and fled to England.
In fact they lived in Mt Eden for
a few years where Mrs Guyver's
father Maurice was born.
In 1899 the second Boer War
broke out and Mr Gilmore decided
to move the family back to Eng-
land so he could join up with his
old regiment and head to South
Africa to fight.
He rushed down and booked
apparently the worst possible
cabin on the next ship sailing to
England. My grandmother, who
was expecting another baby, was
loaded on with my father and
never returned to New Zealand.
We don't know if she and
Sophia ever made up,'' she says.
Mr Gilmore died in the 1940s.
Mrs Guyver lives in England
and only started to learn about
Alberton as an adult from cousins
visiting the UK.
Violet had a picture of Alberton
in her living room and she some-
times mentioned her sisters but
that was about it.
She had a light touch though. I
could tell she'd been somewhere
where there had been parties and
horses and things.''
Mrs Guyver first visited Alber-
ton in 2005.
I was quite taken with the din-
ing room. When I first walked into
it, it was almost exactly like my
grandmother's,'' she says.
Her house was a little ordinary
English house, and although she
left with nothing it had a lot of
Alberton style things in it.''
This year Mrs Guyver returned
to celebrate the 150th anniver-
She's now well acquainted with
family folklore including a story
that could explain the naming of
Morningside. Edinburgh in Scot-
land also has a suburb called
Morningside. In the 1800s it was
home to a mental institution.
Many of Allan Kerr Taylor's
brother also owned land around
They thought he was mad to
buy this part of land so they star-
ted calling it Morningside,'' Mrs
.Alberton was gifted to the New
Zealand Historic Places Trust in
Go to alberton.co.nz.
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