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The plaque commemorates of Albury`s first settler, Robert Brown who established a store near the site. 

Robert Brown was the first European man to settle on the site of the present day Albury. In 1838, Robert Brown built the first dwelling in Albury (a slab hut) near the Hovell tree - the one marked by the explorers (Hume & Hovell) as they passed in 1824. Albury was gazetted as a town in 1839. In 1839 it was noted that mail for areas outside of Albury was deposited with Robert Brown. Soon after the first land sales, Robert Brown built brick additions to his slab hut, which became the Hume River Inn - Albury's first hotel. Brown, in 1845, took up a pastoral run called 'Collendina', about 30 miles downriver from Albury.

His interest in the town, however, was unflagging and his zeal for the support of worthy causes unremitting. The enterprising Mr Brown who had established a vegetable garden on the river flats and produced the first district oranges, is also credited with having grown the first stand of wheat.


Address:Wodonga Place, Hovell Tree Park , South Albury, 2640
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.085289
Long: 146.908344
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


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Erected in commemoration of Robert Brown

First citizen and business man of Albury who in 1839 erected the first building for accommodation and store close to this site  and was active in the establishment of the Agricultural Society, the public Hospital, and other public amenities of this city.

Source: MA
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