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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Atkinson Clock Tower

Atkinson Clock Tower at Kota Kinabalu Sabah

One of the most enduring landmarks in Kota Kinabalu, it stands prominently on a bluff along Signal Hill Road adjacent to the old Police Station.

Built in 1903, this all-wood, no-nails structure was built in memory of Francis George Atkinson - the popular first District Officer of Jesselton during the

British North Borneo Chartered Company Administration, who had succumbed to a tropical disease at the young age of 28.
This Clock Tower has the distinction of being the oldest standing structure in the whole of Sabah that survived the destruction of Jesselton town during World War II. Till today, it still serves to keep the city's time.

The Atkinson Clock Tower is managed by the Sabah Museum under its Antiquity and History section.

Getting There
You can stroll there or take any taxi. From the bottom of Signal Hill Road (Jalan Bukit Bendera) at Padang Merdeka, turn left to get to the clock site. Or view it from the city.

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Francis George Atkinson Profile
For Sabahan and local historian you may want to read about Francis George Atkinson  here

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Nava K said...

Seen this before when I was at KK some time back.

Unknown said...

I think this historical monument is the last one located in KK CIty..

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