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, Malaysian Borneo.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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  • This is worth the effort and is near Australia Place and other sights. So make the effort and it is easy to get to fro the city center.  more »
  • We made time to go here as it was listed as one of the top 5 things to see in Kota Kinabalu - What a waste of time - you couldn’t see all of the clock as it was surrounded by trees and tbh it wasn’t a...  more »
  • The Clocktower has great historical significance and could be developed into something more than it is. As it stands it's in danger of being overshadowed by a planned development that will envelop it ...  more »
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  • 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
  • Nothing too special about it. But got a nice tree nearby.
  • its a nice looking clock tower from british colonial. One of pre-world war II structures that still existing in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  • Last time I can pick up many mature mangoes when I was here.
  • Not well maintained, especially the steps and surrounding areas..