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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  • ITS one monument about 15 meters high. There is Little bit information history of tower but nothing else. If you have not nothing to do go and Take picture trail up to the hill is vero near  more »
  • Hardly worth mentioning, if necessary for those kind of interesting, that the special history of this place are interested in. Special comment actually worth.
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  • Good to visit if you are near the area. Clock tower is not amazing or astonishing by no means but it does contain a part of KK and how the city was formed. The history and placement is at a great plac...  more »
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  • One of the most famous historical landmarks in KK. Over a century old and still standing strong.
  • Amazing history, easy climb through stairs, and with a good spot to take photos. But no other activities than viewing.
  • A historical to see if youre nearby and have some free times. Parking is available (behind Atkinson Tower). From here you can go to Observary deck as well.
  • Heh, Nothing much here. Just a tower in the middle of an unkept place. n
  • a piece of the colonial power's presence in Sabah

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