Events and Exhibitions
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Enjoy the following events in the very special atmosphere provided by Alberton.
On display in the ballroom Collector's Cabinet at Alberton is a small section of antique walking sticks belonging to rabologist (the name for a collector of canes) Max Campbell. Revealing these sticks to be more than just mobility aids but beautifully crafted objects in their own right, the range of items also gives an insight into the various uses and social symbolism of the walking stick throughout history.
"Look out! Here come the Kerr Taylors!" This exclamation reportedly heard at the approach of Alberton’s three Kerr Taylor sisters in their crimson Chevrolet was made not because they drove fast, but because they drove so slowly! Mid last century the slightly eccentric sisters in their 'funny old car' were a familiar sight about town. The youngest, Muriel, the only one tall enough to see over the dashboard, was always the driver and had particular motoring habits including never driving in the rain.
From 1925 the car provided an important form of transport for the sisters enabling their weekly trips to Farmers Department Store and to Waimaku to deliver produce to their nieces' and nephews' families.
Step back in time to experience a classic morning or afternoon tea offered as part of Auckland's annual Heritage Festival. Enjoy light English scones with cream and jam, and tea or coffee served from vintage china and antique silverware by Alberton's team of friendly volunteers. Soak up the ambience of the grand ballroom or the beauty of the garden from the verandah.
Bring along the family to explore the house and learn about Auckland's early car owners in an exhibition Here Come the Kerr Taylors. Check out vintage vehicles belonging to members of the Chevrolet Enthusiasts Club and pose for a few photos.