Birch Memorial, Post Office
Standing in front of the Ipoh
State Mosque, the square tower comprises a portrait bust and four panels
illustrating the growth of civilisation.
Unveiled in 1909, the Birch
Memorial, a square decorated tower with a portrait bust and
four panels illustrative of the growth of civilisation
was erected on the table-land at a cost of about
A dedication to J.W.W.Birch, the first
British Resident of Perak, is found beneath the bronze bust of
Birch in the north-facing niche.
The clock tower has one mother bell, 6 ft 6 in. in diameter and
weighing 10 cwt., and four smaller bells weighing together 10
cwt., which used to strike the chimes of Big Ben.
corners of the belfry, mounted on pedestals, are terracotta
figures, representing the four "Virtues of British
Administration" - Loyalty, with sword and shield,
Justice, blind and carrying a sword and a pair of scales,
Patience, unarmed, and Fortitude, with a calm face and bearing
On the civilisation panel, 44 famous figures in
world history were portrayed. The image of the last
Prophet facing the mosque was painted over in the 1990s due to
objection from Muslims to the depiction of the Prophet.