Captain Francis Light travelled from a faraway land to find himself captivated by the allure of a scenic island – which he named Prince of Wales Island. As the founding father of Georgetown, he was respected and admired by the local folks for his generosity, fluency in Malay and Thai and encouragement of trade which attracted a number of immigrants, particularly Chinese. What was just an island became a land of prosperity for both locals and migrants.
Francis Light’s memorial includes this epitaph:
"The settlers and natives were greatly attached to him, and by his death, had to deplore the loss of one who watched over their interests and cares as a father."