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
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 to complete.
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
From 1943 Sir Anthony was Professor of Criminal Law at the
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
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
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
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
at various international congresses and conferences.
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
Anthony Mamo died on 1st May 2008.