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Brown Memorial, Padang Brown, George Town






Brown Memorial, Padang Brown, George TownBrown Memorial, Padang Brown, George Town (23 Jan, 2005)



Brown Memorial (GPS: 5.41449, 100.31674) is a monument built in memory of David Brown, one of the largest landowners in Penang. Funding for the memorial came from both the European and local inhabitants of Penang. It is located at a corner of the 12-acre Padang Brown, which was donated by him to the municipality. Today it is within the grounds of the Padang Brown Food Complex.

David Brown studied law in Edinburgh; later on, his son Forbes Scott Brown was to be the classmate of James Richardson Logan, who was also honoured with a monument, the Logan Memorial.

David Brown went into business with his fellow Scotsman, James Scott, who was Francis Light's trading partner. After James Scott died, David Brown took over his business, and eventually became the largest landowner on Penang Island. He lived in Penang for 25 years, and passed away on 12 September, 1825 at the age of 49.

Brown Memorial, Padang Brown, George TownBrown Memorial, Padang Brown, George Town (23 Jan, 2005)


David Brown was a noted philanthropist who donated tremendously to the development of Penang. In addition to Padang Brown, other tracts of land donated by David brown include the site of the Snake Temple. Like many of his contemporaries, Brown took a local wife. His first wife was called Nonia Ennui while his second was called Inghoo.

Getting there

The nearest bus stop is along Dato Kramat Road, across from Padang Brown. The bus stop is served by Rapid Penang bus 10, 11, 102, 201, 202, 203, 204, 304 and 502.

Brown Memorial is on the map of Perak Road

List of Monuments in Penang and Monuments in Malaysia

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