Drawing [Drilling some men]; Thora Daisy Kerr Taylor (1875-1885); 7 August 1885;...




Drawing [Drilling some men]

About this object

Nine-year-old Thora Daisy Kerr Taylor drew this picture of a bird dressed in military uniform holding a sword with the caption ‘drilling some men.’ An adult has then written ‘drawn by Daisy Taylor’ as well as the date ‘August 7th 1885’ at the left- and right-hand sides.

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 other small drawings by Daisy, and a portrait of Daisy with her older sister Adeline Violet. Daisy’s parents also commissioned a stained glass window in the chancel in St. Luke’s Church in Mount Albert, Auckland, in memory of their young daughter. (1)

(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.


Thora Daisy Kerr Taylor (1875-1885)

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Date Made

7 August 1885

Place Made

Auckland, New Zealand

Medium and Materials



10 x 7.3cm

Credit Line

Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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Alberton   Alberton

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