This timeline of Mt Albert’s history is reproduced with the help of the Auckland City Council website, and acknowledging the research of Dick Scott in Old Mt Albert and Deborah Dunsford’s Mt Albert Then and Now

Alberton farm Mt Albert

A watercolour of Alberton viewed from the east. Painted around 1880s-90s. Picture courtesy of Alberton Collection, Heritage NZ


c12-13th century: Wairaka establishes her pa on the slopes of the mountain now bearing her name.

1820:  Samuel Marsden climbs Owairaka, escorted by Apihai Kawau

1835: Thomas Mitchell buys most of Auckland, including Mt Albert from Apihau Kawau


1841: George Clarke bought 13,000 acres from the Ngatiwhatua which included Owairaka on behalf of the crown for 200 pounds, 4 horses, 30 blankets, 10 cloaks, 1 tent and a sealing box

1842: 13 small farms offering in Mt Eden/Mt Albert – only one sold

1844: Speculator Thomas Henry buys land on the north-eastern slopes

1845: Robert Hunt buys 24ha at Ferndale

1846: Glenmore Lodge built 289 New North Road Kingsland. Thomas Cassidy bought 55 acres in 1844

Allan Kerr Taylor in 18481849: Newly arrived Allan Kerr Taylor buys Hunt’s lots

1852: Glenmore Lodge bought by Auckland Chief jailer George McElwain

1853: First Electoral Roll prepared for the Auckland. Provincial Council – Mt Albert population 200.

1853: First Church built. Wesleyan

1853: St Lukes Anglican Church consecrated by Bishop Cowie

1853: Cabbage Tree Swamp School opened by Presbytarian Church

1855: James Gribble purchased land both sides of Sandringham Road for his 100 acre farm

1860: Name of Sandringham changed from Cabbage Tree Swamp to Edendale (and later, in 1887) to Kingsland

1861: Edward Allen buys 99 acres of land to build Allendale

1862: Edward Allen begins to build Allendale

1864: Martha Kerr Taylor (Allan Kerr Taylor’s first wife) dies 20th February

1865: Portion of Kerr Taylor estate known as Morningside sold

1866: Local settlers meet in Edward Allen’s home to set up local Highway Board

1866: First services held at the new Mt Albert Methodist Church

1867: Local Government began at 5pm Tuesday January 8th. Thirteen settlers met in the Whau Road school room to strike the first rate and elect the first board of trustees.

1870: Mt Albert Primary opened

1871: First anniversary of Mt Albert Mutual Improvement Society

St Lukes church, Mt Albert1872: St Lukes Anglican Church built

1874: St Lukes Vicarage built

1878: Charles Stone’s house built between 1860 -1878. Charles Stone reported to be the first Pakeha male born in Auckland

1880: First passenger train through Mt Albert

1883: Work begun on what became Whau Road – now New North Road

1886: James Gribble dies in his Aroha Street home

1887: Gladstone Road Primary opened (known initially as Pt Chevalier School)

1888: Toll gate on New North Road and what is now Sandringham Road, removed

1890: Sudden death of Allan Kerr Taylor

1892: Edward Allen dies

1897:  Kingsland Methodist Church officially opened

1897: Bridgens & Company shoe manufacturers in Kingsland begin operating (one of Auckland’s oldest shoe manufacturers)


1901: Mary Ann Gribble dies

1903: Eden District Cricket Club formed

1903: Auckland Savings Bank gives Ratepayers Board sixteen thousand pounds at 4 and half percent for its water scheme

1903: On 24 December 1903 three are killed and several injured in a tram accident at Kingsland

1905: Mt Albert Domain created.

Mt Albert Volunteer firemen at practice 19101906: Volunteer fire brigade established

1909: Edendale School opened

1910: Eden Park begins as a sports ground

1910: Connons Bakery opened

1911: Mt Albert Road Board became Mt Albert Borough Council

1911: Constitution of Mt Albert Borough formed

Barney Coyle, first mayor of Mt Albert borough,1911: M.J.Coyle elected mayor

1912-1913: Mr Richard Collins opened a shop that closed about 1968

1914: Murdoch McLean elected mayor

1914: Eden Park becomes official home of Auckland cricket

1914: Eden Park is divided into two ovals



eden park before development1914: Rugby Union leases Eden Park

1915: Tramline from Auckland reaches Mt Albert shops.

1917: T.Clay elected mayor

1921: Population of Mt Albert 11,000

1921: The Theatre Royal, Kingsland, built in 1921

1921: A.F.Bennett elected mayor

1921: First international rugby game between NZ and South Africa

1922: Typhoid Epidemic strikes the district

1922: Kowhai Intermediate opens

MT Albert Grammar soon after opening1922: Mt Albert Grammar School opens

1923: L.E.Rhodes elected mayor

1923: Everetts Pharmacy established

1925: L.E.Rhodes elected Mayor for second term

1925: Rugby Union officially makes Eden Park its home

1926: Brixton Road school opened

1926: Population of Mt Albert 17,000

1927: Marist Sisters Primary School opens

1927: Mt Albert Borough Council chambers open

1928: Marist Sisters High School opens.

1929: Owairaka Primary opened

1929: Sandringham was given its name. Previously it was called Edendale and Cabbage Tree Swamp

1929: Mayfair Theatre opened

1930: Population reaches 20,000

1930: Richardson Road School opened

1930: Gribble and Hirst families donate land to Mt Albert Borough Council for a recreational park – Gribblehirst Park

1930: 400 Mt Albert ratepayers summonsed for failure to pay their rates.

1930: Government refuses Mt Albert a loan of 5000 pounds to provide relief for the district’s unemployed.


1931: W.F.Stilwell elected mayor

1932: Kingsland Gully was renamed Glen Osborne. A proposal to change Kingsland to Beverley Hills was rejected in 1932

1933: R.Ferner elected mayor

1936: H.A.Anderson elected mayor

1936: Tramline reaches Owairaka

1938: Street re-naming programme begins

1938: Eleven state houses finished in Mt Albert

1939: Government’s Plant Diseases Division opens next to Alberton

1946: Arthur Richards becomes the first MP for the new seat of Mt Albert

1947: Council buys Ferndale

1947: Warren Freer becomes MP for Mt Albert in a byelection

1951: Wesley Primary School opened

1953: 11 September – last Auckland tram runs through Mt Albert

1953: Eden Park Trust Board formed

1958: Mildred Amy Kerr Taylor dies

1958: The Catholic Church’s St Mary’s Church built.

1959: Edendale School celebrates Golden Jubilee

1959: Frank Turner elected mayor

1960: Mt Albert Borough Golden Jubilee

1922: Mt Albert Grammar School opens1963: Mt Albert War Memorial Hall opens

1965: Mt Albert Baptist Church opens

1968: Frank Ryan elected mayor

1970: Miss Muriel Kerr-Taylor donates money to St. Luke’s Anglican Church towards a housing settlement for senior citizens, to be named after her parents

1970: 108-year old Alberton House willed to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust by Miss Muriel Kerr-Taylor


 1971: St Lukes  mall opened by Prime Minister Sir Keith Holyoake

1973: A seven-storey concrete slab building erected next to Alberton for the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research

1975: Mt Albert library opens

1978: Mt Albert Borough is granted city status

1979: Edendale School officially opened after nearly 2 years of re-building

1981: Mt Albert streets at the centre of Springbok tour protests

Helen Clark1981: Helen Clark elected MP for Mt Albert

1989: Mt Albert amalgamates with Auckland City

1997: Bridgens Shoe factory closes

1997: Tip Top Bakery burns down

1997: Kowhai Intermediate celebrates 75th anniversary

1997: Part of Allan Kerr-Taylor’s 4,000 hectare estate from 1867 is now for sale.

1998: Shell of Stormonts Bakery sold for more than 2 million dollars to Dough Investments Ltd

1998: Kura Kaupapa School opens in Haverstock Road

1998: Wesley Community Centre destroyed by fire

1998: Warnock Watson, headmaster of Edendale School for 20 years dies aged 97

2000: Mt Albert Grammar School opens its classes to girls

Mt Albert Grammar old boy Peter Snell2001: Athletics legend Peter Snell honoured as Old Boy of the Year and inducted into the Hall of Distinction by Mount Albert Grammar

2009: Helen Clark resigns as MP for Mt Albert after the Labour Government she led for nine years lost power in the 2008 general election

2009: David Shearer elected MP for Mt Albert

2017: Jacinda Ardern elected MP for Mt Albert after David Shearer resigns to take up a senior post with the United Nations

2017: Work starts on the $5m upgrade to Mt Albert Town Centre

CAPTIONS: Kingsland Cricket ground, now Eden Park, flooded in 1907. Picture courtesy Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries; Mt Albert Grammar soon after opening in 1922. Picture courtesy Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries; The young Allan Kerr Taylor before leaving Scotland for NZ. Courtesy Alberton Collection, Heritage NZ; St Lukes Church. Picture courtesy Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries; Helen Clark on the campaign trail; Firemen on display, early 1900s. Picture courtesy Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries; Barney Coyle, first Mayor of Mt Albert borough, at his coach-building premises in New North Rd. Picture courtesy Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries; Peter Snell, champion MAGS athlete