Notarial Deeds dating back 400 years undergoing restoration in Gozo

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Notarial Deeds dating back 400 years undergoing restoration in GozoThe Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo, noted with satisfaction the ongoing restoration work which is taking place on Notarial Deeds, which cover the last 400 years in Gozo.

The work is being undertaken with great care and dedication by John Micallef, who has a wealth of experience in this field in his career as a document binder at the Gozo Courts, therefore appreciating the need for accurate restoration.

Unfortunately, many of these documents have been left abandoned in a place exposed to damp Therefore, the Minister said, they have deteriorated much more than realised.

Minister Refalo said that the Notarial Deeds are important not only as legal documents, but because they consist of contracts and wills, thereby opening a window on the social and economic history of Gozo, covering a considerable period of time.

These Acts are of great importance for Gozitan heritage, going back to the year 1640, the Minister said.

He added that, “the story from this perspective of the island has never been written properly and these documents, that are now being restored, will be more accessible to scholars.”

Dr Refalo urged history students to exploit this treasure for the benefit of the protection of the Gozitan identity.

The restoration works started in 2014 and 122 volumes have so far been completed. The Minister said that, €10,000 has been allocated this year so that the restoration project can continue.

Photograph: MGOZ/George Scerri

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