“One of his more significant contributions to education was when he set about reopening
St Andrew’s School after the Japanese surrendered in September 1945…Dr Chelliah was also
well known for his promotion of bilingualism…He saw a bilingual education as the only way
to achieve a unified education system…I hope that readers will be inspired by Dr DD Chelliah’s
life of learning, service and spirit.”
Minister for Education & Second Minister for Finance
This book is about the life, accomplishments and undertakings of the Ven Dr D D Chelliah. From his humble beginnings in South India to being the headmaster of a primary school in Penang when he was only 17 years old, to coming to Singapore just before the Second World War as Headmaster of St Andrew’s School, before finally becoming the first Asian Archdeacon of the Diocese of Singapore and Malaya, Dr Chelliah lived an extraordinary life. He contributed much to education, the society and the church of Jesus Christ. His life epitomised pure faith in God, a passion for teaching and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Read about how this man of faith and master teacher motivated his students and imbued many around him with strength, love and service.