Presentation of the book to Victoria

Mario Saliba presented a copy of the book Ħajja u Mewt/Mard u Saħħa f’Għawdex fi żmien l-Arċipriet Dun Martin Camilleri (1910-1921) to Samuel Azzopardi, recently re-elected President of the Gozo region.

The presentation took place at the regional office in Victoria.

In this publication, Saliba presents the result of important research on the history of health, the social situation and the contribution made by Father Martin Camilleri in the years before and after the First World War. The 329-page book contains a wealth of short- to long-term information on the history of Gozo.

The book fills an important gap in the history of Gozo.

Although Nadur is widely mentioned during Father Camilleri’s time, the book also deals with other Gozitan villages.

Saliba relies on the events in Gozo with the health issues that arose during this time. What makes the book more interesting is the fact that original documents have been sought for the first time. With reference to the current corona virus pandemic, the book sheds light on the measures taken just over 100 years ago during the Spanish flu pandemic.

In recognition of the presentation, Azzopardi presented Saliba with a copy of the book, Portrait of an Island, published in 2019, on behalf of the Gozo Regional Council.

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Angela C. Hale