The Glens: A Rich History

Glen Orchard, 91 St Heliers Bay Road. June 1986 (Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 052-M9-31-1)

Friday 9th September 2022

6.30 pm

Remuera Library

Our September event will be a talk by Vivienne Wilson about her Taylor ancestor Lieutenant General William Taylor of the Indian Army and the houses he and his family built in Auckland.

Much of the suburb, now known as Glen Innes, was settled by William Innes Taylor, who came to New Zealand from Scotland in 1843. Taylor took up farming on land in west Tamaki owned by his father. In the early 1840s, when the family arrived here, Tamaki was an area of scrub-covered hills and valleys, accessed from central Auckland by tracks along ridges through Newmarket and Remuera or by boat to the Purewa Creek.

Taylor and his three brothers established farms and built homes in this area: William Innes Taylor at Glen Innes, Richard James Taylor at Glendowie and Charles John Taylor at Glen Orchard (now Saint Heliers). The fourth brother, Allan Kerr Taylor, farmed land in Mount Albert, and called his home Alberton.

Light refreshments provided: Members $5; non-members $10.

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