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Francis Light Memorial, George Town



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Francis Light MemorialFrancis Light Memorial (17 April, 2011)




Francis Light Memorial is a monument on the grounds of the St George's Anglican Church at Farquhar Street, George Town. It commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Prince of Wales Island by Captain Francis Light. Prince of Wales Island was the name the Light gave to Penang, and the founding is defined by the establishment of George Town as a British trading port.

The Francis Light Memorial was however not built in 1886 (which I had originally thought), but much earlier, probably in the 1840s or 50s. The Francis Light Memorial is built in similar Georgian-Palladium style as the church. It has a dome ornamented with vases. Underneath the dome is a marble plaque honouring Light.

Francis Light MemorialFrancis Light Memorial, with the St George's Church immediately behind it (17 April, 2011)


Getting there by public transport

The nearest bus stop is in front of Hutchings School. It is served by Rapid Penang bus 103, 204, 502 and CAT. From there walk east on Farquhar Street for just about 10 meters, to see the St George's Church on your right. The Francis Light Memorial is on the foreground of the church.

Location of Francis Light Memorial on the map

List of Monuments in Penang and Monuments in Malaysia

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