MALTESE ARTISTS - ANTONIO SCIORTINO
Influenced by Realism, Futurism and Auguste Rodin’s work, Sciortino’s studio in Rome received commissions from Russia, Brazil and the United States. After returning to Malta in 1937, he was appointed Curator of Fine Arts and played a leading role in the preservation of many art treasures from perdition during World War II.
MALTESE ARTISTS - MELCHORRE CAFA'
The great Gian Lorenzo Bernini was reputedly heard singling out the young Maltese, Melchorre Cafa`, as the only sculptor he feared in Rome. Unfortunately, Cafa’s life and illustrious career were cut short by his unexpected death at the age of 31. He succeeded, nonetheless, to leave an indelible mark on the Roman Baroque scene.
PRESIDENTS OF MALTA - CENSU TABONE
Censu Tabone (1913-2012) was a Medical Doctor by profession. He had an eventful medical career, including the supervision of a WHO-led campaign to treat Trachoma using sulfonamide tables and drops. Tabone occupied various posts within the Nationalist Party, served as a Member of Parliament between 1966 and 1989, and was eventually appointed President of the Republic in 1989.
PRESIDENTS OF MALTA - AGATHA BARBARA
Agatha Barbara (1923-2002) was an educator by profession. She entered the political arena with the granting of Universal suffrage in 1947. Barbara was elected on the Malta Labour Party ticket and became the first women to serve as Minister of the Maltese Government. She served as President of the Republic between 1982 and 1987 and oversaw the 1987 Constitutional Reform.
PRESIDENTS OF MALTA - ANTON BUTTIGIEG
Anton Buttigieg (1912-1983) was a lawyer by profession. He hailed from the village of Qala (Gozo), but moved to the mainland to pursue his studies in his teenage. In 1955, Buttigieg was elected to the Legislative Assembly on the Malta Labour Party ticket. He served as Deputy Prime Minister between 1971 and 1976, and was appointed President of the Republic in December 1976.
PRESIDENTS OF MALTA - SIR ANTHONY JOSEPH MAMO
Sir Anthony Joseph Mamo (1909-2008) was a lawyer by profession. He served as Chief Justice of Malta between 1957 and 1971, and as Governor General of the State of Malta between 1971 and 1974. In 1974, Mamo became the first President of the Republic of Malta.
PRIME MINISTERS OF MALTA - DOMINIC MINTOFF
Dominic Mintoff (1916-2012) was an architect by profession. He joined the Labour Party during the 1930s and was eventually elected to the Council of Government in 1945. Mintoff served as Prime Minister of Malta for terms and as Leader of the Opposition. He is best known for the enhancement of the Welfare State and the freeing of Malta from foreign military forces.
PRIME MINISTERS OF MALTA - GEORGE BORG OLIVIER
George Borg Olivier (1911-1980) was a lawyer by profession. He entered the political scene in the late 1930s and formed part of the top brass of the Nationalist Party from the onset. Borg Olivier’s most significant legacy is undoubtedly the attainment of Independence from Great Britain in 1964.
PRIME MINISTERS OF MALTA - DR ENRICO MIZZI
Dr Enrico Mizzi (1885-1950) was a lawyer by profession. Like his father Fortunato, he supported the Pro-Italian Maltese community, and was, as a result, repeatedly chastised by the colonial authorities. including deportation to Uganda. Mizzi served as 7th Prime Minister of Malta and was the only incumbent to die in office.
PRIME MINISTERS OF MALTA - SIR PAUL BOFFA
Sir Paul Boffa (1890-1962) was a doctor by profession. He entered the political arena with the granting of Self-Government in 1921, and joined the Labour Party in 1923. Boffa was elected leader of the Labour Party in 1927, and eventually served as Malta’s 6th Prime Minister between 1947 and 1950.
PRIME MINISTERS OF MALTA - LORD GERALD STRICKLAND
Lord Gerald Strickland (1861-1940) was first elected to the Council of Government in 1888. He then served as Chief Secretary to the Colonial Government in Malta, and between 1902 and 1917 as Governor of various states within the British Empire. Upon his return to the local political scene, he set up the Anglo-Maltese Party and was elected to Legislative Assembly in 1921. After serving as Leader of the Opposition for two legislatures, he was appointed Malta’s 4th Prime Minister in 1927.
PRIME MINISTERS OF MALTA - SIR UGO PASQUALE MIFSUD
Sir Ugo Pasquale Mifsud (1889-1942) contributed to the granting of the Self-Government Constitution and was elected in the Legislative Assembly on the Unione Politica Maltese ticket. He held different Ministerial portfolios until being appointed Malta’s 3rd Prime Minister in 1924. Mifsud served as Leader of the Opposition between 1927 and 1930, and again as Prime Minister from June 1932 to November 1933.
PRIME MINISTERS OF MALTA - FRANCESCO BUHAGIAR
Dr Francesco Buhagiar (1876-1934) was elected to the Legislative Assembly in the first Maltese Parliament (1921) on the Unione Politica Maltese ticket. He was appointed Minister of Justice in October 1922 and eventually Prime Minister in October of the following year. Buhagiar resigned in September 1924 to take up the seat of judge of the Superior Courts.
PRIME MINISTERS OF MALTA - JOSEPH HOWARD
Sir Joseph Howard (1862-1925) was elected as Senator In the first Maltese Parliament (1921) on the Unione Politica Maltese ticket. He was appointed Prime Minister by Governor Lord Plumer as Mgr Ignazio Panzavecchia, leader of the same party, turned down the offer since he was a member of the clergy. Howard served as Prime Minister between 26 October 1921 and 13 October 1923.