Mr. Paul Xuereb was born in
, on the 21st July, 1923, the son of Adeodate Xuereb, a teacher and
playwright, and Maria Dolores Busuttil.
Mr Xuereb first attended elementary school at Mdina, and later
had secondary education at St Aloysiuis College Birkirkara, and at the
. Between 1946 and 1949, he studied at City Literary Institute and at
Regent Street Polytechnic in London, both extra-mural institutes of the
University if London, were he read journalism, Political Economy and
During the Second World War, between 1942 and 1944 Mr Xuereb
served as an anti-aircraft gunner, with the Royal Malta Artillery, and
between 1944 and 1946 he worked as a clerk at the engineering Department
of the then British Imperial Dockyard. During this period Mr Xuereb
distinguished himself and was awarded the Africa Star, the War Medal and
the Victory Medal.
In 1946, he emigrated to
and took up work there as Supervisor at the Accounts Department of Peter
Robinson Ltd, and later as a clerk with the Department of Inland Revenue.
On completion of Further studies in
, in 1950, Mr Xuereb returned to
and took up the post of Managing Director of Fardex Trade Development
) Ltd. In 1958 he joined the Department of Education as a visiting Master
at the Lyceum.
In 1959 Mr Xuereb gave up teaching to join the Freedom Press as
Literary Editor and Assistant Editor of the Malta Labour Party organ
"The Voice of Malta" until 1964 when he was appointed General
Manager of the Party publishing house. Paul Xuereb entered into politics
in 1962, and contested the general election of that year when he was
elected as Member of Parliament for the first time. He kept his
Parliamentary seat contesting the elections in 1966, 1971, 1976 and 1981.
In August, 1971 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary at the
Office of the Prime Minister, and in October 1971 was given the Portfolio
as Minister of Trade, Industry , Agriculture and Tourism. Mr Xuereb
resigned from his seat at the House of Representatives on the 27th April
1983, thus vacating a seat into which was co-opted Dr. Karmenu Mifsud
Bonnici, the then Designate Leader of the Malta Labour Party.
On 15th July, 1986 Mr Xuereb was Chairman of the Mid-Med Bank to
take up the Chairmanship of the Investment Finance Bank Limited, and of
the Trade Licensing Board. He left this latter position when he was
nominated Chairman of the Malta Development Corporation. At one time, Mr
Xuereb was Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chairman of the
Investment Bank, Chairman of Medigrain Limited, and of Medival Venture
Capital and Leasing Company Ltd, as well as Member of the Board of
Directors of Air Malta Company Ltd and of Mdina Weave, and also member of
the Disciplinary Board of the Malta Labour Party.
Paul Xuereb was appointed by the
Prime Minister as the Acting President of the Republic, following the end
of term of Office of the third President of the Republic. Mr Xuereb took
the Oath of Office on February 16th, 1987.
Mr Xuereb married Edwige Muscat, and had a daughter Maria.
Paul Xuereb was a well-established novelist, and short story
Novels (Maltese) -
tat-tfajla mahruqa (1966);
Is-Serqa ta' Nicolas Cotoner (1967);
Qtil f'San Pawl il-Bahar (1968);
which won him the Malta Literary Award for that year.
Historical Guide Books -
The Roman Villa in History;
Catacombs of Malta;
Gozo, a visit.
Other publications include a number of short stories in English
and Maltese amongst which "L-Ewropa tal-Llum". "Zmienna",
and "Fi Zmienna".
Publications in preparation - another collection of short
stories; two books for children; the first part of an autobiography.
His pastimes were reading and walking. He died on September 6,