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David Alexander Murray Brown (D. A. M. Brown), Death, 28 Apr. 1935, Penang


Malaya Tribune, 29 April 1935, Page 12

Popular Personality

Malayan Business


(From Our Correspondent) 

Penang Monday

The death occurred at 10 a.m. yesterday of Mr. D. A. M. Brown, one of the most popular and best known business men in Malaya.

Mr. Brown had been ill for some time with pleurisy and was reported to be making progress when he contracted pneumonia.

With his death, a familiar figure is removed from the Penang landscape. His family has been connected with Penang for over a hundred years. Five years ago, his uncle, Mr. "Laurie" Brown, who was also a prominent businessman and a popular personality, died when he was over 80 years of age.


Mr. Brown had many business interests. He was a director of a large number of concerns, particular rubber and tin companies. At the time of his death he was general manager of Glugor Estates, managing director of the Pinang Gazette Press, Ltd., and acting secretary of the Penang Turf Club.

On several occasions he represented the Penang Chamber of Commerce on the Legislative Council. He also held office as President of the Penang Club and the Penang Turf Club, and took a keen and never failing interest in all matters concerning the welfare of the Settlement.

An excellent billiards player, Mr. Brown was also a fine cricketer in his younger days.

A keen patron of the Turf, Mr. Brown was joint owner with Major T. L. Fox of a promising griffin registered with the S.R.A., under the name of Click.


The deceased was the eldest son of Mr. David Brown, a well-known descendant of a pioneer of the Settlement.

He was born in 1871 and was educated at Harrow and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where in 1891, he distinguished himself as captain of the varsity Golf Club.

He won the Malayan Golf Championship four years in succession.

On returning to Penang that year he entered the Perak Civil Service, but in 1894 he resigned to commence business on his own.

Until recently he was Senior Partner of Brown, Phillips and Stewart, of whicch firm he was one of the founders.

In 1908 deceased was Secretary of the Penang Turf Club and Golf Club and Town Club, of which he was Secretary since its formation in 1901 and many succeeding years.

He is survived by his widow and three daughters.


The funeral took place at nine o'clock this morning of Mr. D. A. M. Brown, who died yesterday morning at his bungalow in Penang Hills. 

There was a large attendance of Europeans and an equally big number of floral tributes. 

The Reverend Keppel Garnier performed the burial ceremony at Western Road Cemetery. 

The coffin was conveyed from the hill at eight o'clock this morning and proceeded from the Lower Station to the Cemetery at 8.30 a.m.

The Pall Bearers were: The Resident Councillor, the Hon. Mr. J. S. W. Arthur, the Hon. Mr. E. Newbold, Mr. B. G. H. Johnson, Mr. D'Arcy Irwin, Mr. Wait, Mr. Boothby, Mr. J. R. Bennett and Mr. H. S. Russell.

Mr. Brown had been ill for about a month and was unable to attend the Easter Meeting of the Penang Turf Club owing to this illness, although it was reported that he was making good progress.

He had a relapse, from which he never recovered.

Rev. Colin King represented the Penang Free School.

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