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Gozitan historian Anton F. Attard dies

Gozo has lost one of its best historians and researchers with the death of Anton F. Attard.

Born in Rabat, Gozo, on 14 February, 1943, he graduated as a teacher and taught in schools at Marsa and Zejtun. In 1977, he was appointed the Secretary of the Housing Authority and later in the Civil Service Sector within the GWU. In 1993, Anton Attard took over the responsibilities of the Secretariat for Gozitan Affairs.

Apart from these commitments, Anton F. Attard left behind a lot of articles and research. He was a translator, folklore expert and poet. His first poem to be published was Aħjar Bqajt Żgħir in 1959 in a local humorous journal called Il-Joker.

A prolific writer, he published a number of other articles in Il-Joker, It-Torċa, L-Orizzont, Il-Passa, It-Tromba, L-Egħjun, Il-Ħajja f’Għawdex, Tagħna t-Tfal, Programmi tal-Festa ta’ Santa Marija, Għawdex; The Museletter, Il-Qronfla, L-Aurora, Ħbieb il-Presepju, Gozo Philatelic Newsletter, In-Nazzjon, Il-Mument, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Malta Independent and The Malta Independent on Sunday.

He also wrote the official anthem for the GWU, Magħqudin and the anthem for his village of Għarb.