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Malta through its Monuments


Professor Maurice Cauchi

7.30 pm Tuesday 17 March 

Maltese Community Centre

Ievers St Parkville  

For the average tourist, a history of a nation is most obvious through its monuments.  Even a cursory walk though a main city would familiarise the average tourist of what happened over the past several hundred years. Malta is no exception, and a walk through the City, and even the most humble village, will reveal many items of which the natives are proud.

In this talk we will go over the more important moments in Malta and how they illustrate the history which they are expected to represent.  But first of all we have to ask ourselves: what is a monument? Is it just a bronze or marble statue? Or does the term include any indicator meant to commemorate an event, person or indicator of importance in the history of the nation?

We shall skim over the very early history of Malta, and wind our way down to more recent history, stopping along the road to see what Malta has thought fit to highlight and showcase, to us, the natives born and bred there, but also to the millions that come and visit every year. One could easily spend a whole week describing the wealth of artefacts left by the Knights of Malta, but in the hour available we shall just sit back and enjoy some examples of what history can be gleaned from a necessarily cursory and superficial look at some of these monuments and what they try to tell us as we walk pass them.

About the presenter:

Professor Maurice Cauchi is well known to the Maltese Community and others, mauriceboth in Malta and Australia.  Born in Għarb, Gozo, he graduated M.D. at the Royal University of Malta in 1961 before gaining a PhD for cancer research from the University of London in 1967.  Coming to Australia in 1969 he held senior positions at Melbourne and Monash Universities and the Royal Women’s Hospital.  He returned to Malta in 1992 as Professor of Pathology and was Chairman of the Bioethics Consultative Committee and the Gozo Health Council, before returning to Australia in 2003.

Professor Cauchi has been involved with the Maltese community for decades, as President of the Maltese Literature Group, as member of the Maltese Community Council, including several terms as President, and a founding member of the MHA in 1987. 

He has also been interested in wider ethnic issues, and was a member of a number of organisations, including the Ethnic Affairs Commission of Victoria, Chairman of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, and Chairman of the Commission for Maltese Abroad.  He helped set up the Migration Museum and, in 2001, the website, which contains a compilation of information about Maltese living abroad, including a vast collection of historical information about migration.

Professor Cauchi has been very active in promoting publications relating to Maltese settlement in Australia, first with the Maltese paper 'Il- Maltija', and through several books, including Maltese Migrants in Australia (1996), The Maltese Migrant Experience (1999), Worlds Apart (2002) A Who’s Who of Maltese-Background Persons in Australia and New Zealand (2008), and Under One Umbrella (2010), this last being a history of the MCCV and the Maltese community in Victoria, Australia.

A prolific author, Professor Cauchi has published several books in Maltese on a range of topics, as well as many books on health, medicine, and bioethical issues.  His latest articles can be found at:

Taking care of our body, February 20, 2015

Bad luck and cancer, January 24, 2015

Dire warnings about artificial intelligence: are they justified?  December 17, 2014

Why can’t a woman be more like a man?  November 24, 2014

Undermining decades of multicultural peace, October 20, 2014

Unresolved cancer conundrums, September 8, 2014

For his services to the community, Professor Cauchi was made a Member of the Order of Australia, (AM, 1991) and awarded the Medalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika (MQR), (‘Medal for Services to the Republic’ of Malta, 1992).

We at the MHA are very appreciative of the many generous contributions that Maurice has made to our group over the years.  He has written many articles and given talks on a wide range of topics, including health, migration and language.  His talks are sometimes controversial but always thoroughly researched and interesting. 

Professor Cauchi’s latest lecture to the MHA, in April last year, explored the origins of Maltese surnames. His next talk with the MHA will be on Tuesday 17 March at the Maltese Community Centre in Parkville at 7.30 pm.  It will look at aspects of Maltese history as seen through its monuments and it should be most enjoyable.  Bring your family and friends.  All are Welcome.  


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