Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Giovanni Battista Cerruti, Death, 24 May 1914, Penang

Death. Cerruti. Capt. G. B. Cerruti, aged 63, on Sunday, the 24th inst., at the General Hospital, Penang.

[The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 28 May 1914, Page 6]

Cerruti's Grave

One was a little sorry to read this week that the remains of Signor Cerruti, the patron saint of the Perak Sakai, are to be disinterred from the Penang cemetery and taken back to Italy.

If any white man ever identified himself with this country it was Cerruti, for he lived in the hills with the Sakai and devoted many years of his life to studying them, trading with them and teaching them to improve their miserable conditions of life by means of agriculture and handicrafts.

He won the complete confidence of the Perak Government and held the official appointment of Superintendent of the Sakai, a post that has never been revived since his death.

His book "My Friends the Sakai" was written in Italian and translated by an English lady, who did not make an especially good job of it, but it contains some remarkably interesting first-hand observations and experiences. It is an extremely rare publication in the secondhand book market nowadays.

[The Straits Times, 17 September 1933, Page 5]

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