Atkinson Clock Tower, Kota Kinabalu

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The Atkinson Clock Tower is the oldest standing structure in Kota Kinabalu. It was originally known as the Atkinson Memorial Clock Tower and sits in solitary on the bluff along Signal Hill Road overlooking this seaside city and capital of Sabah, Malaysia.HistoryThe clock tower was built in the memory of Francis George Atkinson, Jesselton’s first district officer who died of Malaria or ‘Borneo Fever’ at the age of 28 in December 1902. His mother Mrs Mary Edith Atkinson presented a two-faced clock to Jesselton town as a tribute to the memory of her son and it was decided later that a clock tower would be built in his honour. The structure was commissioned on 20 April 1905. A road was also named after him – Atkinson Drive, now renamed as Jalan Istana that links Tuaran Road over the ridge and downtown Kota Kinabalu.The clock tower was originally built using Mirabau wood. Its construction was financed by Atkinson’s friends and most probably built with additional funds channelled from shipwright of visiting naval vessels (the internal carpentry of the clock tower has all the hallmarks of a ship’s carpenter). While still under construction the clock started working on 19 April 1905 and its chimes could be heard all over the town. The structure was finally completed in 1905. The clock was made by William Potts and Sons in Leeds, England. The company was established in 1883 and became the part of Smith of Derby Group in 1933. The UK office is now at 112 Alfreton Road, Derby.
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  • August 27, 2017
    According to a local friend I met. This clock tower is the navigation landmark used by the ships as it could be seen from the sea. This is just a small but historical tower. It is the marker of the gr...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    This clock tower is just a regular clock tower. It is behind Gaya street and on the way to observation deck.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    < 2017.08.05 > Ting said Atkinson Clock towers behind the story is real sad, Opera Bastille, Ting said Clock towers was also the second war between one of the minority was not 轟 French Construction. Fully furnished apartments in Clock towers are not over one very common Building, iffy is Feeling too novel edge after renovation. Airport image: you can walk around in the future, Blackhead Point view-Kingsford Smith Park not far.
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  • May 17, 2017
    one of oldest history clock tower build since the british era . Fortunely rumour say the town council decide to take down the clock and build a hotel here. Such a waste
  • April 25, 2017
    Nothing too special about it. But got a nice tree nearby.
  • December 28, 2016
    its a nice looking clock tower from british colonial. One of pre-world war II structures that still existing in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  • May 11, 2017
    Last time I can pick up many mature mangoes when I was here.
  • October 5, 2016
    Great place to see the sunset, it's good to see the tower preserved because so little survived the destruction wrought in the war.

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In the area of Sepanggar you'll find the main set of hotels, ranging from simple and mid-priced, to the more luxurious with good sea views. Move away from the coast for more space and privacy in resort-style hotels, which offer a range of facilities and comfortable, sometimes quirky rooms and apartments. Farther out still, you'll find backpacker motels, giving easy access to the surrounding natural attractions that, after all, are the primary reason for being here.
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