Bartolo, George (14.10.1939-)
Founder of the Maltese Community Council, NSW
Born in Rabat, Bartolo received his education at the Mriehel Technical School and emigrated to Australia at the age of 19.
Bartolo had an extensive career within the Maltese community of NSW. He joined the George Cross Club of Wollongong and served as Secretary (1960-62) and President (1963-65). He was re-elected president in 1967 and negotiated a loan to build the club premises which was officially opened in 1969. From 1970 to 1975 he served as President.
Bartolo, who was founder member of the Maltese Community Council of NSW in the early 1970s, was senior vice-president of the Wollongong Agricultural, Horticultural, and Industrial Show Society and was president for two consecutive years. He was instrumental in the amalgamation of both clubs in Wollongong, the George Cross and the Maltese Falcons, and became the first President of the George Cross Falcons Club. In 1993 he was granted a sponsorship of A$44,000 for further extension of the club which was completed later. In 1992 he was elected Senior Vice-President of the Maltese Community Council of NSW and since 1994 has been the President of the same council.
Source: Maltese Biographies of the Twentieth Century (1997), editors Michael J. Schiavone and Louis J. Scerri
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