Topic: Brodie Residence, 95 Belt Road (1901)

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Brodie Residence 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

This attractive villa was originally constructed for W. J. V. Hasluck in 1901. The home was designed by New Plymouth architect W. F. Brooking, who called for tenders for construction of a residence for W. J. V. Hasluck, on Belt Road, in November 1901. DP1896, dated October 1902, confirms that Hasluck was the occupier of this section around this time. 

95 Belt Road was home to the Brodie family for over thirty years. Walter and Martha moved their family from Thames to New Plymouth in 1920 and purchased this residence located at the top of the steep Belt Road incline.

One of their children was the noted novelist John Brodie, who wrote under the pseudonym, John Guthrie. After having his leg amputated following a serious rugby injury Brodie wrote his first novel, The Little Country. He returned to the family home in New Plymouth before travelling to England in 1935.

95 Belt Road

The Wise's Directories list a number of other residents at 95 Belt Road in the 1940s including New Plymouth radiologist, Edmund Peter Allen. However by 1954 one of John Brodie's bothers, Alex Brodie, was living back in the house. Perhaps the property was rented out while family were overseas?

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