Buttigieg, B.A., LL.D.; Maltese Lawyer and politician; born
on 19th February, 1912, Gozo, son of Saviour and Concetta (nee' Falzon)
Buttigieg; married Carmen Bezzina in 1944; married Connie Scicluna in
1953; married Margery Patterson in 1975; two sons, one daughter; educated
at the Royal Malta University.
Notary Public 1939; Advocate 1941; Police Inspector during Second
World War; Law reporter and leader writer Times of Malta 1944 - 48; Acting
Magistrate 1955; Editor, the Voice of Malta 1959; Member of Parliament
1955 - 76; President of the Malta Labour Party 1959 - 61; Deputy Leader
1962 - 76; Delegate to Malta Constitutional Conferences, London 1958 - 64;
Representative to Consultative Assembly, Council of Europe 1967;
Vice-President 1967 - 68; Deputy Prime Minister 1971 - 76; Minister of
justice and Parliamentary Affairs June 1977; President of the Republic of
Malta 27th December, 1976; Member of the Academy of the Maltese Language;
first prize for Poetry, Government of Malta 1971; Guze' Muscat Azzopardi
prize for poetry 1972; silver plaque for poetry Circolo Culturale Rhegium
Julii of Reggio Calbria 1975.
He held office as the second President of Malta between 27th
December 1976 and 26th December 1981.
Leisure interests: horse racing, gardening.
Mill-Gallerija ta' Zghoziti (From the Balcony
of my Youth) 1945, Fanali bil-Lejl (Lamps in the Night) 1949, Qasba mar-Rih
(A Reed in the Wind) 1968, Fl-Arena (In the Arena) 1970;
Ejjew Nidhku Ftit (Let us Laugh a Bit) 1963,
Ejjew nidhku ftit iehor (Let us Laugh a Bit More) 1966;
Tankas: Il-Muza bil-Kimono (The Muse in Kimono) (also
in Japanese and English) 1968; Ballati Maltin (Maltese Ballads) 1973, Il
Mare di Malta (Editors, de Lucca,
) 1974, il-Ghanja tas-Sittin (The Song of the Sixty Year Old) 1975. Other
works - The Lamplighter - an anthology of Maltese poems translated into
English by Francis Ebejer.
Dr. Buttigieg died on May 5, 1983.
Anton Buttigieg was born in Qala, Gozo, on the 19th February,
1912, the third child of Salvatore and Concetta (nee' Falzon). He was
educated at the Government Primary School, Qala (1916 - 1922), the Gozo
Seminary (1923 - 1927), St. Aloysius College Malta (1928 - 1930) and the
University of Malta, where he graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1934 and
Doctor of Laws in 1940.
In 1944 he married the late Carmen Bezzina and had three children
- John (now Dr. J. Buttigieg B.A., LL.D., M.P) - Rose (now wife of Dr. J.
Brincat, B.A. (Lond.), B.Sc. (Econ.) (Lond.), LL.D., M.P.) and Emanuel
(now Dr. E. Buttigieg LL.D., a practising lawyer.
In 1953 he married the late Connie Scicluna. The death of his two
wives seem to have been the major tragedies of his life and they have been
reflected in his poetry. In 1975 he married Margery Patterson.
During the Second World War (1942 - 1944) he served in the Police
Force as Inspector and thereafter he practised Law. In 1955 he also served
as an acting Magistrate. He was the Law reporter and leader writer of the
"Times of Malta" from 1946 to 1948 and the Editor of "The
Voice of Malta" from 1959 to 1970.
He embarked on a political career and was first elected to the
House of Representatives in the Labour Party interest in 1955. He was
re-elected in all subsequent elections and held his seat in Parliament up
to the time of his resignation in October 1976. From 1959 to 1961 he was
President of the Malta Labour Party and from 1962 to 1976 its Deputy
Leader. When the present administration took office in 1971, he served his
country as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and Parliamentary
He was a delegate to the Malta Constitutional Conferences held in
in 1958 and in 1964. He was also a representative to the Consultative
Assembly in the Council of Europe (1967 - 1971), where he was elected
Vice-President (1967 - 1968).
In October 1976 he resigned from the House of Representatives and
on 27th December, 1976 he was elected as the second President of the
Dr. Anton Buttigieg also distinguished himself in the field of
literature. During his undergraduate days he was one of the founder
members of the University Students "Society for the Maltese
Language" (26-1-1931). He was a Member of the "Academy of the
Maltese Language" (20-3-1938).
In 1971 he won First Prize for Poetry - "Malta
In 1972 he won the "Guze' Muscat Azzopardi" prize
In 1975 the "Circolo Culturale Rhegium Julii" of
Reggio Calabria awarded him with a silver plaque for his poetry.
In 1977 he won the "International Prize of
Mediterranean Culture for Poetry" awarded by the "Centro di
Cultura Mediterranea" of
In 1979 he was awarded First Prize and a Special Diploma
for Poetry in the First Category by the Centro Culturale Artistico
Letterario - Citta' di Brindisi.
In 1979 he won "First Prize" for the first volume
of his auto-biography "Toni tal-Bahri" (Toni the Seaman's Son)
in the "Malta Literary Award".
His various publications include:-
"Mill-Gallarija ta' Zghoziti" - From
the Balcony of my Youth - 1949
"Fanali bil-Lejl". - Lamps in the
Night - 1949
"Fl-Arena". - In the Arena - 1970
"Ballati Maltin". - Maltese Ballads -
"Il Mare di Malta". - The
-A selection of poems translated into Italian - 1974
"Il-Ghanja tas-Sittin" - The Song of
the Sixty Year Old - 1975
"The Lamplighter". A selection of
poems translated into English - 1977. They are also being translated into
the Slovenian Language, which is one of the Yugoslav Languages and into
"Qabs el Mosbah". A selection of
poems translated into Arabic - 1978
"Poeziji Migbura - L-ewwel Volum" -
The first two books.
"From the Balcony of my Youth" and
"Lamps in the Night" have been published in one volume under the
title "Collected Poems" - 1978.
"Ejjew nidhku ftit" - Let us laugh a
little - 1963
"Ejjew nidhku ftit iehor" - Let us
laugh a little more - 1966
HAIKUS AND TANKAS
"Il-Muza bil-Kimono" - The Muse in
Kimono. This book was translated both into Japanese and into English -
His books in preparation include:-
A collection of speeches and short stories.
"Zibeg u Bocci" - (Beads and
Marbles). A collection of Haikus and Tankas.
The first volume "Toni tal-Bahri" -
Toni the Seaman's Son was published in 1978.
His leisure interests were horse racing and
Dr. Anton Buttigieg was also President of the
St. Gaetano Band Club of Hamrun.