Atkinson Clock Tower, Kota Kinabalu

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    Atkinson Clock Tower, KK
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    Memorial Clock Tower

    by ErwinKoo Written Apr 25, 2014

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    We visited the Atkinson Clock Tower ,in a part of Kota Kinabalu city tour.We used the Bas persiaran ,but if you want to get here by yourself , you must take a taxi , because its this place is not a normal bus stop.
    This clock tower is located at Bukit Bendera, a border between original land and reclaimed land.
    Our tour guide tells the story of this clock tower, i already forgotten most part of it , so i quoted some of the history from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atkinson_Clock_Tower.

    It 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 Dec 1902. His mother Mrs Mary Edith Atkinson presented this two-faced clock to Jesselton town as a tribute to the memory of her son,in to his honor. The structure was commissioned on 20th 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 channeled 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 April 19, 1905 and its chimes could be heard all over the town.We were fortunate enough to hear the chimes, on exactly 12.00 noon.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.

    Measuring 50 feet (15.24 meters) high x 6’3” x 6’3” at its base the clock tower stood from its lookout point on the hill facing towards the township of Jesselton. A weather vane with initials of the wind direction added a few more inches to the height of this elegant monument. Ships calling port at the wharf used the Atkinson Clock Tower as their navigation landmark, as it could be seen from the sea. The clock tower was illuminated at night and was used as a shipping landmark right up to the 1950s.
    It is hard to imagine how this relatively small but historical clock tower, standing on its own on this hill could ever be any ship’s point of reference; after 105 years, the narrow strip of land in front of the tower has been extensively reclaimed, with tall commercial buildings blocking the views of the clock tower to the sea. But one has only to look at early photos of Jesselton township from its formation in 1900s to present day to see how vital the clock tower was as a reference point – and still is – as a marker for the growth of this quaint former British Colony township known as 'Jesselton' into 'Kota Kinabalu' - the bustling modern Malaysian city that it is now.

    Radio Sabah’s broadcasting department used to be located near the clock tower in the 1950s and some old timers still remember the chimes over the radio before the BBC world news broadcast.
    Over the years the clock tower underwent many transformations. Subsequent repairs and renovations have altered its appearance. Machine-gun fire during the war damaged the dial and cog of the clock tower’s mechanisms. It was repaired by Yick Ming Watch Dealers of Kota Kinabalu who have continued to be the maintenance contractors until today, a practice passed down from father to son. Therefore, the story of this historical clock tower is intricately tied to the lives of generations of Sabahans who have lived in its vicinity over the past one hundred years.[3]:p.35

    The clock tower was extensively renovated and altered for Jesselton’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1959. Defective structural members caused by the tropical weather were substituted with other hardwoods, while the roof timbers were stripped and replaced. Its new facelift was completed in November 7, 1959. However, the brass plaque that was placed at the foot of the clock disappeared after the Jubilee renovations.

    In 1961 the Atkinson Clock Tower's clock face was altered yet again. The dials of the clock were changed and the face replaced with translucent Perspex, with black figures on white background for internal lighting. But the building itself has remained intact in its exact location for more than a century.
    This is on of the iconic monument of Kota Kinabalu , but , frankly speaking , nothing much can be seen except for the tower itself.

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    Atkinson Clock Tower

    by cal6060 Updated Sep 28, 2013

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    Honestly, the first time I am aware of this clock through Virtual Tourist. I believe more 50% percents of the locals have no idea about this historical clock.

    Francis George Atkinson, a British, was the first district Officer of Kota Kinabalu, then Jesselton. He died in the 1902 of "Borneo fever" or malaria at the age of 28. During that time, the city government built the Atkinson Clock Tower to commemorate Francis's death and remind the local the danger of malaria at that time. They began to construct the clock tower in 1902 and completed in 1905. On April 19, 1905, this clock was officially operated.

    The clock tower was originally built in Mirabau wood and stand at 157 meters (48 feet) high. Over the years, through repairs and extensive renovations, the original facade has altered significantly. The State Museum has taken care of the Clock Tower since 1979. The site was gazetted as a Government Reserve in August 1983.

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    An afternoon walk - Atkinson Clock Tower and Views

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 21, 2012

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    If you have an hour or two to spare in the afternoon, a walk to Atkinson Clock Tower and beyond for views across to Mount Kinabalu is worth the time.
    The Clock is located behind the police centre on Jalan Dewan - the area around the clock is not terribly inspiring but if you walk up the stairs next to the clock, cross the car park, and head right along Jalan Bukit Bendara for about 100 metres, you will find more stairs and a trail leading to a higher road. From here there are some good views across the valleys leading to Mount Kinabalu.
    Take a slightly different route coming back and pass Merdeka Padang.

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    by euzkadi Written Jan 13, 2012
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    This clock tower was built in 1905 by Mary Edith Atkinson in memory of her son Francis George Atkinson first District officer of Jesselton, died of 'Borneo fever 'in 1902 at the age of 28. The lights of the clock tower were used as navigation aids by local shipping, and is one of the few historic buildings that survived the destruction fo the Second World War.

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    Atkinson Clock Tower

    by Willettsworld Updated Sep 1, 2010

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    The Atkinson Clock Tower is a quaint clock tower located on the way up Signal Hall. It was built of wood without nails, and commemorates Francis George Atkinson, the popular first district officer of Jesselton who died of a tropical disease - probably malaria - at the age of 28. His mother Mary Edith Atkinson built the clock tower in 1905 in his memory. It was the oldest building in Kota Kinabalu to survive the bombings during World War II and the clock is still ticking even today. Until as late as 1956, the light from the clock tower was used by ships navigating towards the Jesselton port. Today, however, the clock tower has been obscured by taller buildings all around it.

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    Atkinson Clock Tower

    by muratkorman Written Jan 2, 2009

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    This clock tower is the oldest building surviving the World War II in Sabah State. It was built in 1903 in memory of Francis George Atkinson who was the popular first District Officer of Jesselton. He died at an age of 28 because of a tropical disease. The clock tower is wooden and no nails are used. You can easily walk to the clock tower if you are in the city center.

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    Atkinson Clock Tower

    by travelpug Written Nov 1, 2007
    The oldest architecture in KK town

    Atkinson Clock Tower is the only piece of prewar architecture left in KK. I expected something fancy and when I arrived, I was surprised that it looked so simple. Looks like it is a tower made from wood painted in black and white. I guess the locals don't pay much attention to it as they move forward to the future.

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    by ukirsari Written Jul 17, 2006

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    this clock tower remains me to the clock tower in bukittinggi, padang - west sumatra - indonesia. but this one is dedicated to francis george atkinson, the first district officer of jesselton [kota kinabalu] that passed away caused by malaria [borneo fever].

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    Atkinson Clock Tower

    by Sambawalk Written Nov 21, 2005

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    A old historical clock tower overlloks the city of KK. You can reach there on your way to the Signal Hill Observatory.

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