SIR ANTHONY J. MAMO: PRESIDENT OF MALTA (1974 - 1976)
Sir Anthony Mamo was born at Birkirkara
on 9th January 1909. He was educated at the Archbishop's
Seminary and later at the Royal University of Malta where,
in 1931, he graduated as Bachelor of Arts (B.A) and in 1934,
as Doctor of Laws (LL.D). As the first student in the course
he was awarded the Government "Travelling
Scholarship" and the "Bugeja Scholarship".
Sir Anthony had been in private practice
as an advocate for just over a year when he made the Public
Service his career. In October 1936, he was appointed member
of the Commission which, under the chairmanship of Judge
Harding, was entrusted with the task of preparing a Revised
Edition of all the Laws of Malta. This task took six years
In the meantime the Second World War
broke out and, although the Commission's work was carried
on, Sir Anthony like so many others, gave his services for
refugee work and the welfare of those hit by war.
In 1942 Dr. Mamo entered the
Attorney-General's Office as one of the Crown Counsel. Here
he occupied in succession all the grades, until he himself
became Attorney-General in 1955.
In 1947 Malta was once again granted a
Constitution with a Maltese Government responsible for
internal affairs and Sir Anthony served under four Prime
Ministers - Sir Paul Boffa, Dr. Enrico Mizzi, Dr. Giorgio
Borg Olivier and Mr. Dom Mintoff - as chief legal adviser to
them personally and their Cabinets. In this capacity he
accompanied all Ministerial delegations for discussions and
negotiations with the British Government.
From 1943 Sir Anthony was Professor of
Criminal Law at the Malta University up to 1957 when he was
appointed Chief Justice and President of the Court of
Appeal. In 1964 Sir Anthony became the first President of
the New Constitutional Court and in 1967 he became also the
first President of the new Court of Criminal Appeals.
Sir Anthony was awarded the O.B.E in 1957
and a Knight-hood in 1959. In 1955 he was appointed Honorary
Q.C. for Malta.
Towards the end of June, 1962, when
Admiral Sir Guy Grantham ended his term as governor, the
Queen, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister, G. Borg
Olivier, appointed Sir Anthony, Acting Governor pending the
arrival of the new Governor, Sir Maurice Dorman. Since then,
Sir Anthony acted on several occasions, first, as Governor's
Deputy, and later, under the Malta Independence
Constitution, as Acting Governor-General. On 3rd July, 1971
Sir Anthony was appointed first Maltese Governor-General.
He held office as the first President of
Malta between 13th December, 1974 and 26th December, 1976.
Sir Anthony was for many years President
of the Council and Pro-Chancellor of the University and in
recognition of his services, he was awarded the Honary
Degree of Doctor of Literature (D.Litt).
During his career, Sir Anthony has
represented Malta at various international congresses and
Both he and Lady Mamo have sat on many
committees and participated in various activities concerned
with social welfare and in recognition of their services,
Sir Anthony was appointed Knight of the Venerable Order of
St. John and Lady Mamo was appointed Commander of the same