|Birth: ||May 24, 1861|
|Death: ||Aug. 22, 1940|
Gerald Strickland, 1st Baron Strickland, 6th Count of Catena, GCMG was a Maltese and British Politician and peer, who served as Prime Minister of Malta, Governor of the Leeward Islands, Governor of Tasmania, Governor of Western Australia and Governor of New South Wales.
Born in Valletta, the son of Naval Officer Walter Strickland and Louisa Bonnici Mompalao, the niece of a Maltese Count who later succeeded to the Title of Count of Catena, he was educated at St. Mary's College, Oscott, and Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1890, he married Lady Edeline Sackville-West (1870 - 1918), the daughter of the 7th Earl De La Warr. They had five daughters, including the Hon. Mabel Strickland OBE (1899 - 1988) and the Hon. Dr. Constance Strickland LMSSA (1912 - 1979).
Strickland was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1889, for rendering invaluable services during a severe cholera epidemic. He was promoted within the order to KCMG in 1897, and again to GCMG in 1913. He was raised to the Peerage of the United Kingdom as Baron Strickland, of Sizergh Castle in the County of Westmorland, on January 19, 1928.
In 1917, Count Strickland returned to Malta and, after the grant of Self Government, formed the Anglo-Maltese Party in 1921, which soon afterward amalgamated with the Maltese Constitutional Party to become the Constitutional Party under his leadership. After the 1927 election, Strickland had a majority in the Legislative Assembly and became the fourth Prime Minister of Malta from August 1927 until June 1930. Amongst the most important events of his government were the commencement of building works for St. Luke's Hospital in Gwardamanġia, his clash with the Senate, which led to the issue of Letters Patent which curtailed its powers and his concurrent clash with the Ecclesiastical Authorities. On May 1, 1930, Archbishop Mauro Caruana OSB., and Bishop Mikiel Gonzi issued a pastoral letter, read in all the churches of Malta and Gozo. In it they declared that whoever voted for the Constitutional Party and its former coalition partner, the Labour Party, committed a mortal sin. The clash between the Catholic Bishops and the Constitutional Party led to the suspension of the Malta Constitution following consultations between the British Governor and London.
Lord Strickland died at his residence in the Villa Bologna, Attard, and is buried in the Family Crypt at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul, Mdina.
Mabel Strickland (1899 - 1988)*
Plot: Family Crypt.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Sep 04, 2008
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