The Galton-Fenzi Memorial

The Galton Fenzi Memorial

The Galton-Fenzi Memorial Monument near the General Post Office (GPO) is a commemoration of Lionel Douglas Galton-Fenzi. Galton-Fenzi is remembered as the founder of the Royal East Africa Automobile Association in 1919 (now the Automobile Association of Kenya) Nairobi branch. He is also remembered as the first motorist to drive from Nairobi to Mombasa back in 1926 when all that existed was a dirt track.

The Galton-Fenzi Memorial should be one of those monuments in the city of Nairobi that should be eliciting a lot of attention from travelers mainly because it harbors great history regarding the origin of East Africa’s road network as we know it today. A visit to the monument is a rare opportunity to travel back in time and imagine East Africa without roads!

After establishing the Royal East Africa Automobile Association, Galton-Fenzi, in 1923, began negotiating for loan cars to test them for their suitability under East African conditions. One of the cars he received was a Riley 12/50 from the Riley Motor Car Co. Ltd. of Coventry which he used to make the maiden drive from Nairobi to Mombasa and back.

The Galton-Fenzi Memorial is situated along Kenyatta Avenue just before the General Post Office and in front of the new Cardinal Otunga Building.

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