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Logan Memorial

The Logan Memorial is a Gothic-styled monument built in memory of James Richardson Logan, a Scottish lawyer who successfully fought for the rights of Asians in colonial Penang. It now stands in front of the Penang Sessions and Magistrates Court at the junction between Lebuh Light and Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah.

The Logan brothers, James and Abraham, studied law in Edinburgh, Scotland, before travelling to Singapore and Penang to practise law. James Logan remained on Penang Island, where he was notable for fighting in the case of an Indian sireh planter against the British East India Company. He also helped the Chinese community on Penang Island to petition for a repeal of the ban on the activities of the several Chinese clans on the island.

His death at the age of 50 in 1869 was much grieved by the population of the Straits Settlements. The public in all three Straits Settlements of Penang, Singapore and Malacca subsequently decided to pool a fund for a memorial in his honour.

Below Wisdom, a dedication is inscribed on a marble plaque
Below Wisdom, a dedication is inscribed on a marble plaque

The Logan Memorial, which was originally topped by a cross and surrounded by a cast iron railing, was erected within the grounds of the Supreme Court of Penang in 1873. The monument consists of four female figures, each facing one of the four directions. Justice with a sword facing northeast. Fortitude with a club facing northwest. Wisdom with an open book facing southwest. Temperance with a chain and bit facing southeast. Below Wisdom, a dedication is inscribed on a marble plaque.

Logan Memorial was relocated to the junction between Lebuh Light and Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah
Logan Memorial was relocated to the junction between Lebuh Light and Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah

Logan Memorial stood within the grounds of the Supreme Court, except during World War II when the Japanese briefly moved it. After the war, it was moved back to the Supreme Court. In 2007, it was relocated to its present location at the junction between Lebuh Light and Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah opposite the Supreme Court.

The Logan Memorial is open daily. Free admission.

Trip Suggestion : 15 minutes

 

Operating Hours : Daily

Admission Fee : Free

Address : Lebuh Light, 10450 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

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