Strickland House Has Seen More Than Its Fair Share Of History

On 13 March 1930, the property was purchased by Lady Strickland on behalf of her stepdaughter Mabel. Mabel decided to move the printing press from Strada Reale (now Republic Street) to Strada San Paolo (St. Paul’s Street) taking over a building that was constructed in 1910 and used as a cigarette-making factory by Constantine Colombos.

The paper had a reputation for objective reporting whilst upholding its own strongly held editorial opinion. Strickland’s editorship covered the difficult years of World War II. Nevertheless, none of the newspapers forming part of the Group ever missed an issue in spite of continuous bombing and many war related shortages between 1940 and 1943. The building was bombed twice, receiving a direct hit on 7 April 1942, when sixteen rooms were demolished but sparing the printing machines. The building was later the target of a political arson attack which largely destroyed the original structure on 15 October 1979. Despite the attack, the paper was still published.

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