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courtesy of Ipoh Remembered

In the back row, right, is a gentleman by the name of Charles Green. History-buffs may tell you that ‘Greentown’ was named after him. This photograph was taken in 1902, after a cricket match. Do you recognise anyone else in this photograph?

  1. sk says:

    Cricket must be only exclusive for foreigners in 1902. Greentown named after Charles Green? News to me. Been wondering why Green town & not Yellow, Blue , Red or white town 🙂

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      Dear sk

      Yes, the photograph was taken in Singapore in 1902, when Charles Green was in his late 20s. Two decades later, in 1920, Green was appointed head of the Kinta Sanitary Board.

      After only a year his superiors recognised the good job he was doing by promoting him to be (acting) head of Singapore’s municipal council — whereas the people of Ipoh recognised the good job he was doing by objecting loudly to his departure! There was talk of Ipoh being made a municipality and having Green stay to lead it, but the authorities in KL would not hear of it (of course).

      Do you remember “Green Lane”? If it’s still there I’m sure it’s called something else by now and is no longer the quiet, shady street that it used to be. As for “Greentown,” do young people still use (or at least recognise) the name?

  2. ika says:

    Green Lane is now known as Jalan Dato’ Seri Ahmad Said. We have a number of database entries referring to Green Lame.

    Yes Greentown is still used on a daily basis.

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