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Title: The Maltese national day, standard and flag in Maltese legislation : 1849 to 1964
Authors: Spiteri, Mario
Keywords: National characteristics, Maltese
Constitutional history -- Malta
Malta -- Politics and government -- 19th century
Malta -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: Spiteri, M. (2006). The Maltese national day, standard and flag in Maltese legislation: 1849 to 1964 (Master's dissertation).
Abstract: This thesis aims at presenting a historico-legal narrative on the development of legislation of the national day, standard and flag under British rule. It starts from 1849, when Malta was granted representation, and culminates on the attainment of independence in 1964. It chronicles and surveys the important legislative milestones. The First Chapter shows that the anecdote of Count Roger's 'popular flag' was a myth founded in the middle of the nineteenth century, but which managed to permeate the minds of the Maltese down to the present day. This Chapter captures important constitutional developments which took place from the advent of British occupation in 1800 down to 1849. Next, the Second Chapter seeks to put into picture the various proposals for a standard to be adopted for Malta. It makes specific reference to the exchange of circular dispatches between the Colonial Office and with the Governor's Office from 1850 to 1921. Chapter Three illustrates Dr. Enrico Mizzi's twofold patriotic impetuses, after the attainment of responsible government. It mentions the elevation of the Otto Settembre as the National Day of Malta, bringing the Maltese national flag au par with that of the Nation of Protection. Chapter Four covers inter alia, the Second World War and post war era. It narrates the award of the George Cross to the Island Fortress and the consequential adjustments to the Maltese standard and flag including legislation passed by the Council of Government to restrict the use of the Sovereign's decoration. The Fifth Chapter imparts the developments leading to Malta's independence, including primary legislation passed by the House of Representatives vis-a-vis the restriction of use of the new armorial ensigns assigned for Malta, and the establishment of Independence Day as Malta's National Day.
Description: LL.D.
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