Name/TitleCarte de viste, untitled [Thora Daisy and Violet Kerr Taylor]
About this objectThis black and white carte de visite pictures Thora Daisy on a chair, and Adeline Violet Kerr Taylor on her left. They are both wearing white dresses and Thora Daisy has a sash tied around her waist.
Thora Daisy, known as Daisy to her family, died of ‘brain fever’ on 15 September 1885, aged nine. Although it is not known for certain what was meant by ‘brain fever’, it is likely that it was some form of meningitis.
While the death of a child was not unusual during the Victorian era, this does not mean that the loss was not felt greatly by parents and family members. In the Kerr Taylor family archives held at Alberton, there are a number of mementoes which serve as poignant reminders of the family’s tragic loss, including small drawings by Daisy and a watercolour portrait of Daisy with Adeline Violet. Daisy’s parents also commissioned a stained glass window in the chancel of St. Luke’s Church in Mount Albert, Auckland, in memory of their young daughter. (1)
Adeline Violet, commonly referred to as Violet, was the only one out of her four sisters to marry. She ran off to wed Albert Edward Gilmore, a shipping agent and Army officer, on 15 November 1894. This was a great disappointment to Violet’s mother who was domineering and over-possessive, as she believed that nobody was good enough to marry her daughters. (2)
(1) Jan Harris, ‘Alberton and Its Family,’ 1999
For more information about the Kerr Taylor family and Alberton, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.
Place MadeAuckland, New Zealand
MakerG Redfern (estab. 19th century)
Date MadePre 1885
Medium and MaterialsPhotograph and cardboard
Measurements10.2 x 6.3cm
Credit LineCollection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Object TypeCabinet photograph