BRODRICK, Thomas Noel, O.B.E., I.S.O
Surveyor and administrator.
A new biography of Brodrick, Thomas Noel appears in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography on this site.
T. N. Brodrick was born in St. Mary's Parish, Islington, London, on 25 December 1850, the son of Thomas Brodrick, banker and agent, and Mary Ann, née Potts. Brodrick came to New Zealand with his parents in 1858, and later was apprenticed to G. F. Richardson. In April 1877 he joined the Lands and Survey Department as assistant surveyor for South Canterbury, being also rabbit inspector and road surveyor. He was then stationed at Banks Peninsula, later transferring to Invercargill.
Thomas Brodrick became District Surveyor for South Canterbury in April 1888, with headquarters at Timaru. One of his mountain surveys there included the discovery and mapping of a new route to the West Coast, from Lake Ohau to Paringa. He also mapped the Mueller, Murchison, Classen, Godley, Richardson, and Tasman Glaciers, and on the latter he built the Malte Brun and Ball huts. In 1895 he was transferred to North Canterbury, and in 1904 subdivided the 57,000-acre Flaxbourne estate in Marlborough. In July 1906 he became chief surveyor and land officer at Gisborne, and a member of the Tairiawhiti Maori Land Board; Commissioner of Crown Lands at Hawke's Bay, May 1909; at Wellington, August 1910; and at Canterbury, 1912. He was appointed Under-Secretary of Lands, and head of the Lands and Survey Department in August 1915, and directed the returned servicemen's land resettlement scheme, in which he acquitted himself so successfully that he was awarded the O.B.E. In addition to his official duties, he was a member of the New Zealand Air Board, the State Advances Board, and the Land Purchase Board. On his retirement in 1920, he was made a Companion of the Imperial Service Order. He died at Martinborough on 12 July 1931. On 30 March 1881, at St. Peter's, Akaroa, Brodrick married Helen, daughter of Justin John Aylmer, the Resident Magistrate, and by her he had two sons and one daughter.
- Evening Post, 14 Jul 1931 (Obit)
- Dominion, 19 Jul 1931 (Obit).