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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  • Good opportunity for a photo and some history but otherwise not worth going to if it’s out of your way or you need to take a special trip out just for it. Fortunately I was staying at a hotel nearby a...  more »
  • During our taxi tour, our driver came down Jalan Dewan and asked if we would like to see the clock. As we looked out the window, as Atkinson Clock Tower approached we all replied to the driver...."We ...  more »
  • The clock tower is halfway up the hill, and it is not a long climb. May be on weekdays to see the atmosphere of the building more, the first glimpse of this bell tower feel good stingy wow! Stay for a little while and then you'll be gone ...
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  • very historic place. I think the government and the enforcement officers should really take care about this place because it is the only old wooden building left. The area around the clock tower is clean and well kept.
  • Depends on what you are expecting... this clock tower is really small which is not significant at all... I recommend you to save your time and go do something else like island hopping. You can walk past the clock tower if you walk on the main road. If you drive,you can park behind the clock tower too. Walk a little further you will reach the observation deck, which does not worth the sweat of going up too. The view is not pretty at all.
  • Government should really take good care about this building and its surroundings
  • One of the most famous historical landmarks in KK. Over a century old and still standing strong.
  • One of the land mark here. Must visit for read history.
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