Cauchi, Maurice N. (6.12.1936-)


Cauchi was born in Gharb, and educated at the Lyceum, Gozo and the University of Malta where he graduated MD in 1961. He followed postgraduate studies at the University of London where he graduated M.Sc. (1964) and Ph.D. (1967). He was appointed lecturer in the Royal University of Malta in 1968.

In 1969 Cauchi emigrated to Australia and was appointed senior lecturer and later clinical professor at Monash University and the University of Melbourne. He was also director of haematology and immunology at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne (1976-92).

Cauchi returned to Malta in 1992 and was appointed professor of pathology and director, department of pathology, St Luke's Hospital. He has written several papers and monographs on pathology.

Cauchi has been very involved in migrant issues. He was chairman of the education committee, and later president of the Maltese Community Council in Victoria and chairman of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria.

Cauchi has written extensively on migrant issues in Australia and in Malta. He was largely instrumental in starting two monthly papers, Il-Maltija for the Maltese community of Melbourne, and The Ethnic Voice for the ethnic community of Melbourne. He has also written several papers and monographs on related topics, including Maltese Migrants in Australia (1990).

For his services to the ethnic community in general and the Maltese community in particular, Cauchi was made member of the Order of Australia in 1991 and also awarded the Midalja Qadi ghar-Repubblika by the government of Malta in 1992.

Cauchi is married to Agnes Gatt and they have two daughters, Denise and Stephanie.

In 2006 as President of the Maltese Australian Association Nicholas Bonello proposed to the Association that a Monument to ANZAC be erected in Malta. The idea was accepted and an ad hoc ANZAC Memorial Committee was formed with him as Chairman. On the 23rd September 2009, the Commonwealth Gazette (Australia)announced that he was honoured by being given the Order of Australia Medal.

Source: Maltese Biographies of the Twentieth Century (1997), editors Michael J. Schiavone and Louis J. Scerri

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