Brewster, Edgar Roy
Brewster was known throughout Taranaki for his interest and work with honeybees. An apiarist from the age of nineteen, Brewster developed a unique philosophy based on the honeycomb and the cellular construction of the beehive. He believed right angles were alien to harmonious living and worked to eliminate them from his lifestyle. He also had philosophies on religion and aviation, including a Christian based theory that Taranaki was the location for a New Jerusalem.
In 1953 he built a house in Sanders Avenue, hexagonal in design and completely free of any right angles, he called the house Norian, an acronym for 'no right angles', known locally as the Beehive House. He died in March 1978.
A copy of Norian Thoughts written by E R Brewster, outlining his philosophy 'extension of life' by triangulation. Written in poem form, with diagrams. Published by Conical Hill, Stratford.
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1. Norian Thoughts (1972?). A booklet containing poetry and diagrams of Brewster's philosophy. Inscribed on top right corner of front cover - To Father, Happy Birthday 27.3.1982, Vicki.
Booklet has corners removed.
Postcard. Image of the Brewster House. A black and white image that has had colour added. Corners of photograph removed.
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