Sunday, May 29, 2016

St Helen’s titular statue restored to former glory

St Helen’s titular statue restored to former glory: Chevalier Vincenzo Borg Brared was one of the main benefactors of St Helen’s basilica, Birkirkara, and it was his life’s wish to donate a processional statue of the patron saint to his home town church. His dream materialised when he signed a contract with sculptor Salvatore Psaila on August 26,...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Former Prime Minister of Malta Dom Mintoff and Fred part 3
Freddy Fenech

Part 3 of the interview betwwen former Prime Minister of Malta Dom Mintoff and freddy Fenech in 1991

Monday, March 2, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Problem of Malta - British Pathe (1955)

Uploaded on Jan 30, 2011
Seated with the Minister of Agriculture Mr Cole, 38 year old Dom Mintoff sums up his integration proposal plan in 10 Downing Street.

Courtesy to British Pathe.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1940 Malta before the bombs fell


June 18, 1940. Giornale Italie No. 049. The island of Malta, claimed by Italy. Shown are ships of the Royal Navy (probably HMS Warspite, HMS Malaya, and the escort carrier HMS Eagle). An unveiling of a bust in honour of Fortunato Mizzi, founder of the pro-Italian movement on Malta.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Smyrna Fire Photo Album

 9 Sep 1922

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Turkish troops entering Smyrna 9th September 1922

Thursday, January 8, 2015


Henry Frendo

To the Greeks, Smyrna represents the ‘Hellenic Genocide’; to the Turks, the ‘National War of Independence’. Independence, or ‘liberation’, this may certainly have been, an achievement now fully-ingrained in the mythology of secular Turkish nationalism, symbolized by the steely-eyed portrait of Kemal Ataturk in military uniform staring down at you from every public and not-so-public edifice throughout modern-day Turkey. But it was, nevertheless, a ‘liberation’ born of a tragedy so riveting that it is as difficult as it is disturbing to perceive or to portray. Some historical film footage and photography survive in the public domain of the Smyrna shore-line bellowing smoke like a colossal furnace, almost completely destroying what was for millennia a prime centre of Hellenistic, later Roman and Christian culture, before the advent of Islam, the crusades, the fall of Constantinople and the rise of the Ottoman Empire, at its height in the sixteenth century. The ancient sites of Pergamon and Ephesus still partly stand, and are not too far.[1]

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Luftwaffe - Battle for Malta

Reel Wild Planet

Between the summer of 1940 and the end of 1942, Malta became one of the most bombed places on earth. 

Fliegerkorps X was an experienced anti-shipping unit that had fought in Norway and Denmark. 200 bombers and sixty-six fighters were pitted against the beleaguered Maltese defenders. 

The RAF and Royal Navy's desperate fight to retain control of the diminutive Mediterranean island, and the defiant courage of the people of Malta, is one of the epic stories of World War Two.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Beautiful Islands of Malta: Mediterranean Paradise. "Full tour" of "Malta and Gozo" by Kevin Kilpatrick

This was filmed over a number of Visits to Malta, I have tried to cover the whole islands, showing what there is to see in this really beautiful place. The people are really friendly, food and weather are Fantastic. Beaches are a little Limited, but there is Sooo much to see and do. 
Other Mediterranean Islands on my Channel
Malta; Glass Bottomed Boat;
Malta-Driving on Malta;
Malta-Grand Harbour Tour;
Malta- Ancient Monuments;

Malta. officially the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European country consisting of an archipelago situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, 80 km (50 mi) south of Sicily, 284 km (176 mi) east of Tunisia and 333 km (207 mi) north of Libya, with Gibraltar 1,755 km (1,091 mi) to the west and Alexandria 1,508 km (937 mi) to the east.[8] Malta covers just over 316 km2 (122 sq mi) in land area, making it one of the world's smallest states.[9][10][11] It is also one of the most densely populated countries worldwide. The de facto capital city of Malta is Valletta; the largest town, Birkirkara. The main island comprises many towns, which together form one Larger Urban Zone (LUZ) with a population of 368,250 according to Eurostat. The country has two official languages, Maltese (constitutionally the national language) and English.
This was filmed in SD and has been Upscaled to HD.

Kevin Kilpatrick

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ninni la Tibkix Izjed: Maltese Christmas Carol

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How to Celebrate a Maltese Christmas

How to Celebrate a Maltese Christmas

Christmas in the Mediterranean country of Malta, officially the Republic of Malta, is a lot like Christmas in the United States. In modern times, the country has adopted many practices popular in the west, like hanging stockings, wrapping gifts and putting them under a Christmas tree, and singing carols.But many old traditions have remained steadfast as well. Here’s a crash course in celebrating a Maltese Christmas, whether you plan on visiting the beautiful country during the holidays or just adding some culture-rich flair to your own celebration.                                


  1. How to Celebrate a Maltese Christmas

    • 1
      Attend mass--Christmas Eve’s midnight mass is the most important of the holiday’s traditions in Malta. Because the country is widely Catholic, churches are heavily populated for this ceremony.
    • 2
      Listen to a child's sermon--During the midnight mass ceremony, a boy or a girl, normally aged 7 to 10 years old, does the preaching instead of the priest. This is called 'Priedka tat-Tifel' which means the preaching of the child.
    • 3
      Build a nativity scene--In Malta nativity scenes are called cribs, or pasture. Scenes are displayed in churches and most homes, complete with figurines representing Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The nativity scene is also popular in the United States, but in Malta, it is a staple of the celebration.
    • 4
      Plant some grain--In Malta, it is also tradition to sow wheat, grain and canary seed, called 'gulbiena', on cotton buds in flat pans five weeks before Christmas. The buds are left in dark corners in the house until the seeds produce white grass-like shoots. The pans with the fully-grown shoots are then used to decorate the crib or the statue of Baby Jesus.
    • 5
      Cook a big dinner--Today, the traditional Maltese Christmas menu has changed a bit, giving way to the Christmas Turkey and sides just as is popular in the United States. Mince pies are also a hit for the holidays in Malta.
    • 6
      Watch a parade--The Procession of the Baby Jesus, a parade of sorts in which a priest carries a doll symbolizing Jesus is a big part of the Maltese Christmas tradition. It has been held each year since its inception by the venerable Dun Gorg Preca, the recently beatified founder of the society for the teaching of Holy Doctrine, the M.U.S.E.U.M.
    • 7
      Decorate the tree--In modern times, the Maltese, put up Christmas trees in their homes, hang and stuff stockings and unwrap gifts with their loved ones on Christmas Eve. The children also anxiously await a visit from Santa Clause as is celebrated in the United States.

    How To Celebrate an Old-Fashioned Maltese Christmas

    • 8
      Bake a rooster with veggies--Though the times have changed the Maltese Christmas menu, traditionally, the Maltese house-wife kept the fattest rooster, or 'hasi', especially for Christmas lunch, which was roasted at the local bakery in a casserole with potatoes and vegetables. The traditional desert served at Christmas was the Treacle Ring, 'Qaghqa tal-Ghasel', and to top off the meal, a hot chestnut and cocoa soup, 'Imbuljuta tal-Qastan', which is still served as a night cap during the cold December days in Malta.
    • 9
      Go on a fast--Christmas in Malta used to be celebrated with a four-week fast leading up to Christmas Eve and culminating in the Midnight Mass. After mass, people would feast on traditional sweets like honey-filled rings, figs, chestnut syrup and deep-fried date-rolls, known as mqaret.
    • 10
      Hand out cash--Santa Clause was not part of the traditional Maltese Christmas. In the past, presents were given in the form of money on New Year’s Day, called l-Istrina.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

German-Maltese Circle History

It was on the 18th October 1962 that a small number of persons eager to enhance the propagation of German culture on the Island, accepted the invitation of Chev. Elias Zammit, M.B.E., K.M., then Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Malta, to meet in his office, in what is today Republic Street in Valletta in order to form an Association with the aim of fostering better relations between the two nations. During this historic meeting, the members present, signed in the presence of the then German Ambassador for the United Kingdom, H.E. Dr. Hasso von Etsdorf, the Memorandum of Association, which gave formal and legal birth to the German-Maltese Circle.
The members of this new Association, numbering then around 60 persons, started meeting regularly once a month in the office of the German Consulate in Valletta. Within a few months the first statute of the German-Maltese Circle was formulated and approved. Chev. Elias Zammit became the Circle's first President, a post he held until 1965. In 1964, the German-Maltese Circle organised its first public activities with the visit to Malta of the Bielefeld Youth Chamber Choir and with an active participation during the official visit in Malta of the German Navy Frigates, the "Graf Spee" and the "Hipper".

Click here to enlargeMr. John P. Pisani was the Circle's second President between 1965 and 1969. In November 1966, the German-Maltese Circle rented a small flat in Scots Street, in Valletta, where the members used to meet once weekly. During that same year, the Circle's Committee donated a collection of etchings on the Apocalypse by the famous German artist Albrecht Dürer to the Cathedral Museum in Mdina, where one can still admire it in what is commonly referred to as Dürer's Hall. The first German language courses organised by the German-Maltese Circle for adults were launched in April 1967. For want of proper space and facilities, these courses were then held in the premises of the Old University Buildings in St. Paul's Street, Valletta under the guidance of Rev. J. Milne, M.A., B.D.

Following the course of some of the most hotly debated General Meetings in the history of the German-Maltese Circle, a new Statute was approved in December 1968. Through the assistance of the then German Ambassador to Malta, H.E. Dr. Karl Gustav Wollenweber, the German-Maltese Circle organised in November 1969 a grand concert with the participation of the famous German pianist Prof. Detlef Krauss.

Dr Edwin L. Craig, M.D., was elected President of the German-Maltese Circle in 1969, to be followed in 1970 by Chev. Carmel Fenech. In November 1970, the German-Maltese Circle moved to a bigger flat situated in Gunlayer Street, Floriana. Amongst the activities which were organised to mark the official opening of this new premises, one can mention the Beethoven Exhibition, the concert by Prof. Ludwig Holscher and Prof. Karl Lautner and the planting of twenty-two trees in a part of Boschetto Gardens which part became henceforth known as the German Grove.

In 1971, Professor Ralph Dahrendorf, then Under Secretary of State of the Federal Republic of Germany, paid an official visit to Malta. This visit turned out to be of utmost importance in establishing the German-Maltese Circle into the healthy Association we know today. On the initiative of the then German Ambassador, H.E. Baron York Alexander von Wendland, Professor Ralph Dahrendorf entered into discussions with the Circle's officials. He soon realised the potential and the important role which the German-Maltese Circle could play towards fostering a healthy atmosphere in the field of good relations between Germany and Malta. Through his direct intervention arrangements were made so that, the Circle receives financial assistance from the Government of the Federal Republic which funds go towards the promotion of the German language and culture.

It is worthwhile recalling here that in the period between 1965 and 1975, the German-Maltese Circle made quite a name for itself in the field of social entertaining and sports activities. These very popular activities which were organised on a very regular basis were most important in promoting the Circle’s name and objectives, thus increasing its membership numbers. With membership always on the increase, with a bigger demand for the German language and with the Circle's Committee's wish to involve itself much more in the organisation of cultural activities, the need arose for the Circle to find a more central and spacious premises.

Click here to enlargeIt was therefore with great joy and with a deep sense of satisfaction to all that on the 23rd May 1975, the German Ambassador, H.E. Herr Hans-Joachim Steinbach together with the Hon. Dr. Anton Buttigieg, then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, and in the presence of many distinguished guests, officially opened Messina Palace in St. Christopher Street, Valletta as the German-Maltese Circle's new premises. This majestic Palace, formerly known as Casa Rocca Grande, was built towards the end of the 16th Century by Fra Pietro La Rocca, Prior of Santo Stefano and later Admiral of the Fleet of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
The number of cultural activities with the participation of Maltese and of German artists and personalities which were organised under the auspices of the German-Maltese Circle since then are too numerous and varied to be listed. Messina Palace has been the venue and has given a bigger and a more elegant dimension to the exhibitions, vocal and instrumental concerts, recitals, liederabends, lectures, forums, seminars and to all sorts of socio-cultural events organised or hosted there by the German-Maltese Circle.

On the personal initiative of the German Ambassador H.E. Herr Kurt Schmidt, the German-Maltese Circle organised a Film Festival of German Opera in 1979. This proved to be one of the most successful landmarks in the Circle's list of cultural events, with literally thousands of people from all walks of life crowding the Republic Hall at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta and the Catholic Institute in Floriana to watch these masterpieces on film. Between 1980 and 1987 the German-Maltese Circle sponsored German-Maltese Vocal and Instrumental Concerts at the Cathedral Museum in Mdina under the direction of Mro Joseph Vella. The main feature of these concerts was the premiere performance of a musical score by a composer whose works lay in the archives of the Mdina Cathedral Museum.  These Concerts are considered as forming a vital part of Malta's musical history.

The International Certificate Conference (ICC), a European Association whose aims are those of co-ordinating the work of Adult Education Centres in the field of tutor training and in the area of a uniform certificate system held one of its conferences in Messina Palace in November 1985. The German-Maltese Circle was at that time a member of the ICC. Through its collaboration with the Goethe Institute, the German-Maltese Circle can guarantee professional standards in its German language courses besides being the only examination centre in Malta which offers the well-known Goethe Institute Certificates.

Click here to enlargeThe Silver Jubilee Choral and Orchestral Concert with the participation of the Akkademja Chorus and Orchestra and of the Laudate Pueri Choir at the Cathedral Church in Mdina was the climax in a series of cultural events which were organised in 1987 under the Patronage of the then German Ambassador, H.E. Gottfried Pagenstert, a versatile personality who had great faith in the Association and who constantly worked towards enhancing the importance and popularity of the German-Maltese Circle not only locally but also in Germany. The German-Maltese Circle started organising in 1987 the German Pavilion at the International Trade Fair of Malta promoting Germany as Malta's largest trading partner - an event which has continued annually till 2002.

An unprecedented decision by the Federal Government led to the German-Maltese Circle to acquire its own premises in 1989. The Federal Government in fact financed the purchase of Messina Palace which henceforth became the property of the Circle. Forty Years Federal Republic of Germany and twenty-five years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Malta in 1989 and in 1990 respectively, were two events commemorated by the Circle through the organisation of a varied programme of activities with the participation of Maltese and German personalities. 1990 also saw the visit to Messina Palace of the first President of a United Germany, H.E. Dr Richard von Weizsäcker. During that same year Deutsche Welle presented to the German-Maltese Circle a satellite TV reception system, while a group of a hundred youths from the former East Berlin were brought to Malta for a cultural visit with the assistance of the German-Maltese Circle.

Another big success was registered with a German Music Week organised in 1998 under the patronage of H.E. Mr Gerhard Kunz who had replaced H.E. Dr Martin Florin as Ambassador of the Federal Republic in Malta. The highlight of this Week was a concert at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta by the Konstanzer Kammerchor which attracted an audience of over 700.The German-Maltese Circle celebrated the 250th Anniversary of Goethe’s birth with the theatrical production of “Faust” at the Malta Drydocks in 1999. The year 2000 saw the launching of the German-Maltese Circle on the Internet. During that same year the Circle celebrated its 38th Anniversary with the performance of Mendelsshon's Oratorio "Paulus" at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta wi

In 2001, H.E. Mr Georg Merten became Germany's Ambassador to Malta while Mr Albert Friggieri was elected as the new President of the German-Maltese Circle.  That same year, the Circle together with other European Cultural Centres represented on the Island, organised ILSNA - a musico-literary evening dedicated to the European Year of Languages (EYL) at the Nicolo Isouard Hall of the Manoel Theatre.  The EYL was also the theme for a Poster and Essay Competition organised by the German-Maltese Circle.  Hundreds of schoolchildren from all over Malta and Gozo submitted colourful posters for this Competition.  The year 2001 also saw the introduction of German language courses for schoolchildren at Messina Palace.
The fortieth Anniversary since the foundation of the German-Maltese Circle in 2002 was  characterised by the many cultural events organised throughout the year amongst which was the contemporary dance production "Into the Blue" by the Jan Pusch Dance Company which performance took place at the Manoel Theatre.

In January 2005 the German-Maltese Circle became a "Kulturgesellschaft des Goethe Instituts" (a Cultural Association of the Goethe Institute).  Also that year, the Circle brought over the Compagnie Fredewess to give a public performance of yet another contemporary dance production called "Body Motion" at the Manoel Theatre. 

2007 saw the beginning of the presidency of Mrs Ingrid Kidder who thus became the first German and the first female to lead our Association.  The German-Maltese Circle celebrated its 45th Anniversary in 2007 which event culminated with the visit of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler to Messina Palace where he met German Nationals living in Malta.

The German-Maltese Circle in collaboration with the Goethe Institute organised the First Festival of German Films at St James Cavalier in Valletta in 2009, an event which continues annually with great success.  That same year, the German-Maltese Circle was licensed as a Prüfungszentrum des Goethe Instituts, with the consequence that all Goethe Institute examinations became available in Malta.  Our Association took a leading role in the organisation of the Education Fair "Welcome to German!" which was held at the Maria Assumpta Girls Secondary School in Hamrun in October 2010.  This event, held under the patronage of the then German Ambassador, H.E.Mr Bernd Braun was visited by over 1000 schoolchildren learning German in schools in Malta and Gozo.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

German-Maltese Circle
 The German-Maltese Circle was founded on the 18th October 1962 with the aim of "promoting closer understanding between Germany and Malta in all appropriate fields of activity and relationship, excluding political activities". From a very modest beginning with a membership of about 60 persons and with no fixed premises of its own, the German-Maltese Circle grew through the years into a leading national adult education and cultural centre housed in a beautiful palace in the middle of Valletta.

One of the many concerts which are regularly held at Messina PalaceThe German-Maltese Circle is an independent, non-profit making organisation which is administered by dedicated persons who freely oblige themselves to promote the Circle's ideals. To this end, the German-Maltese Circle has regularly organised various activities such as exhibitions, film shows, cultural tours, forums, lectures, seminars, concerts, choral performances by visiting German choirs, liederabende, social and sports events - in fact, anything which helps to make especially the Maltese public more conscious of German culture and the German way of life. Between 1987 and 2002 the German-Maltese Circle has been responsible for the Pavilion of German products and services in the Malta International Trade Fair. 

newsletter is regularly issued to help keep in touch with the Circle's members.
A very important activity of the German-Maltese Circle is the organisation of German language courses to adults and to schoolchildren. These courses which are very well attended are run under the auspices of the Goethe Institute which has granted to the Circle a Teaching Commission with Examination Licence. The Circle also offers specialised courses in German (say, for hotels or business) as well as conversation classes in German and a course for Germans to learn Maltese. Amongst the facilities offered, one finds a well-equipped book, audio, video and film library, research and reference facilities, computer-aided learning software and German TV reception via satellite. Since 1981, the German-Maltese Circle has made it possible for persons resident in Malta to sit for the examinations offered by the Goethe Institute. Full cooperation is maintained by the Circle with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Malta, the Goethe Institute, the Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband and with many other German and local institutions.

H.E.Dr.Richard von Weizsäcker unveiling the commemorative plaque at Messina Palace with from the left, Mr Carmel Fenech, Dr Gottfried Pagenstert and Mr Victor H SammutIt is impossible to mention the many personalities who have honoured by their presence the German-Maltese Circle, but perhaps one could mention Professor Ralph Dahrendorf, then Under-Secretary of State who having recognised the potential of our Association in the field of bi-lateral relations between the two countries, in 1971 approved the granting of regular financial assistance from the Government of the Federal Republic, Dr. Richard von Weizsacker who visited Messina Palace in 1990 as the first Federal President of a united Germany and President Prof.Dr. Horst Köhler in 2007.

Membership to the German-Maltese Circle is open to all persons over 18 years of age although persons between 14 and 18 years are accepted as Junior members.  The German-Maltese Circle also offers the possibility of Corporate bodies to become members.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Maltese in Argentina by Fr Lawrence E. Attard (The Great Exodus)

Maltese Argentina

Argentina presents a lonely exception to the review of Mediterranean and European lands which attracted Maltese emigrants. The Maltese never emigrated in significant numbers to Argentina, but Argentina and Brazil represent two pathetic efforts to establish a foothold in Latin America.

Mr. Henry Casolani, Malta's supreme spokes-man on emigration in the years 1919 - 1929, failed to realise the great potential of South America and his judgement on that continent has proved him historically wrong. Casolani's attitude to South America reflected the current prejudices of the time, when although the Maltese were urged to leave their island to save themselves and to spare their country, they were also advised to steer clear of South America.

Speak Maltese - Personal Pronouns and the Negative


Monday, September 29, 2014

MALTA Parsih Churches

Malta Parish Churches
In the Rollo (inventory) of the benefices of the churches, or chapels, in Malta and Gozo, held by 
Bishop Senatore de Mello in 1436, ten distinct chapels are mentioned, which presumably must 
have been acting as parishes in the various villages, since earlier days. Besides the Cathedral at 
Mdina and the Church of San Lorenzo a Mare at Birgu, the following chapels are mentioned:

 Naxxar - the Nativity of the Virgin
 Birkirkara - Saint Helen
 Qormi - St George
 Bir Miftuh (now Gudja) - the Assumption of the Virgin
 Zebbug - Saint Philip of Aggira
 Siggiewi - Saint Nicholas of Bari
 Zejtun - Saint Catherine of Alexandria
 Zurrieq - Saint Catherine of Alexandria
 Hal-Tartani (now Dingli) - Santa Domenica
 Mellieha - the Nativity of the Virgin

It is important to note that Dingli, originally Hal-Tartani was parish before 1436. However it was 
suppressed in 1539 and re-instated by Bishop Baldassare Cagliares on 16th October 1615 to be 
again suppressed in 1668. Bishop Michele Molina re-instated Dingli as a parish on 31st December 

Mellieha was mentioned as a parish in the inventory by Bishop Senatore de Mello in 1436. 
Because of the lack of inhabitants, the Apostolic Delegate, Mgr Pietro Dusina, in 1575 
suppressed the parish and merged the administration to the parish of Naxxar. Hence a rector 
was appointed. 

Mellieha was re-instated as parish by Bishop Francesco Saverio Caruana on 1st February 1841. 
However this re-instatement was contested by the Naxxar Parish. Mellieha was confirmed parish on 24th May 1842. The official Decree was published on 15th June 1844. Rabat in Malta was styled as a parish from time immemorial. The de Mello Rollo quotes as parishes La Cappella di San Paolo de Fora (which is St Paul's Grotto which was the parish church of Rabat) and Mdina together. At Mdina there was the Cathedral for the whole of Malta while at Rabat there was the seat of the parish for both Rabat and Mdina together. So much so that till the separation of 1902 the archpriest took two pussessi in Mdina as canon archpriest of the Cathedral and in Rabat as parish priest of Rabat and Mdina together. On 18th March 1902 when the population had increased considerably, Mdina and Rabat for the first time became two distinct parishes and for practical reasons Bishop Pietro Pace declared Rabat as a new parish but that was contested in Rome and it was declarde that Rabat was paroecia pre-existens. 

I trust that you keep finding our website useful.
Fr VicGeorge Vassallo

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

From Microfilms to Digital Media

From Microfilms to Digital Media

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library began microfilming the archival collections of the Cathedral of Mdina, Malta, in 1973 under the direction of Mgr John Azzopardi. Filming concluded in 1989 after 8,229 books and manuscripts had been filmed. The microfilming project at the cathedral also included books, music manuscripts, and archival materials from other ecclesiastical institutions and private collections in Malta and Gozo. The contents of the materials filmed date from the eleventh to the twentieth century.
Among the various manuscripts microfilmed in Malta we find the Archives of the Archbishop's Curia in Floriana.
The Archives of the Archbishop of Malta contain the diocesan records from 1531 to 1898, along with some miscellaneous items dating from 1450 to 1928. 
The Archdiocese of Malta has transferred all its microfilms into digital media to make them available over the internet.  This will enable the Archives to be more accessible by researchers and the casual visitor alike. 
The Archives of the Archbishop of Malta hold more than is being published here.  Researchers and visitors are more than welcome to visit and do research at the Archives of the Archbishop at the Archbishop's Curia. 
This is an ongoing project and the Archdiocese of Malta is still digitising Manuscripts found especially in the Mater Dei and Sancte Laurenti Archives.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Charles Clews

Charles Clews

The sone of William George Clews and Maria Scerri, Charles was born in Senglea on the 27th Sep 1919.  He was educated at the Lyceum, Valletta and at the Dockyard Technical College as an Engine Fitter Apprentice.

During World War II Clews was a member of the Dockyard First Aid Squad and was presented with a Certificate (3-Chevrons) for his services.

In the midst of the Second World War, Charles and some friends formed a Concert Troupe, which performed comical shows to the workers at the Dockyard.  The Naval Authorities approved these shows as they heightened the morale of the workers during such a sifficult time.

These shows were becoming increasingly popular, and encouraged by many spectators, Clews together with Nestu Laiviera (later Speaker of the House of Representatives), Fred Underwood, Johnny Catania and Laurie Bellizzi formed Stage Commandos Variety Company and started giving shows in theaters all over Malta.

With "Radio Muskettiere", which he co-founded in 1945 with Catania and Armando Urso, Clews introduced a new kind of humorous hsow and a novel kind of comedy sit-com for Cable Radio, known in those days as Rediffusion and Radio, Series like Toto Tanti, Fredu Frendo Sghendo, Mabbli l-Fabbli l-Kuntistabbli, Ninu u Karmena Abdilla were very popular among the Maltese.

Clews had two very successful tours to Australia, in 1964 with Johnny Navarro and in 1984 with Johnny Catania, where they had shows at the Royal Opera House in Sydney.  He left the Dockyard as a Surveyor and in 1964 started his career as a journalist with the Union Press.  He has also been contributing a humorous column to It-Torca for several years.  He is the author of seven booklets of a humorous nature in Maltese and of a great number of scripts for radio, comedies and sketches, and songs for the stage.  His play Dar Fuq ir-Ramel has been translated into English, and included in Prof. A. J. Arberry's Maltese Anthology.

Clews was chairman, Board of Film and Stage Censors (1955-58) and member, Film and Stage Censors' Board (1971-87).  In 1996 he was awarded the Midalja ghall-Qadi tar-Repubblika (MQR).  The Broadcasting Authority presented him with a Trophy for long service on Stage and Radio in 1998. 

His favorite quote: 
Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, So cherish today, That's why it's called The Present.

You Tube video -
Sparaw Ghall-Qamar (They shot at the Moon), a humoristic song of the 60's sung by Malta's late comedian, Charles Clews.

Music is copyrighted by its corresponding owners. No infringement of copyright is meant and if it does infringe, please message me and I'll remove it.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Migration and Arrival of the Maltese into Canada

MIGRATION and ARRIVAL of the Maltese into Canada

From: The Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples/Maltese/
Initially, migrants were directed to other British colonies in the Mediterranean and the West Indies, but the Maltese themselves preferred the coastal regions of nearby northern Africa, where an estimated 36,000 had settled by 1885. An influx of cheap labour from other parts of Africa eventually made that continent less attractive, so that by the last decades of the nineteenth century the Maltese had begun emigrating to Britain, Australia, and North America. Unemployment in 1907, resulting from the end of a major construction project at the harbour and dockyard in Malta, stimulated an emigration movement. A significant number of workers left for Australia, the United States, and Canada, assisted by a volunteer group, the Malta Emigration Committee. These three countries were the preferred destinations because the Maltese believed that their knowledge of English would be an asset. An interest in Canada may also have been stimulated by the appointment in 1911 of the Duke of Connaught as governor general, since he had lived in Malta as commander-in-chief of the British High Command in the Mediterranean. However, at this time Canadian immigration policy restricted the entry of the Maltese on the ground that they were not of northern European background, despite their status as British subjects. A small number were admitted, but the racial issue would continue to be an obstacle until the 1960s.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Parish Churches of Malta and Gozo

Parish churches in Malta and GozoHere is a list of all the parish churches in Malta, listed by village or city name,

It is the local parish church that organizes the religious events in the village as well as the famous and traditional festas.

Attard Parish Church (Attard)
Balluta Parish Church (St. Julian's)
Balzan Parish Church (Balzan)
Birkirkara Parish Church (Birkirkara)
Birzebbuga Parish Church (Birzebbuga)
Burmarrad Parish Church (Burmarrad)
Cospicua (Bormla) Parish Church (Cospicua)
Dingli Parish Church (Dingli)
Fgura Parish Church (Fgura)
Floriana Parish Church (Floriana)
Gharghur Parish Church (Gharghur)
Ghaxaq Parish Church (Ghaxaq)
Gudja Parish Church (Gudja)
Gwardamangia Parish Church (Gwardamangia)
Gzira Parish Church (Gzira)
Hamrun Parish Churches (Hamrun)
Iklin Parish Church (Iklin)
Kirkop Parish Church (Kirkop)
Lija Parish Church (Lija)
Kalkara Parish Church (Kalkara)
Luqa Parish Church (Luqa)
Manikata Parish Church (Manikata)
Marsa Parish Churches (Marsa)
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Maltese Nationality 'on sale' by Ann Fenech

Saturday, November 16, 2013, 00:01 by

Our nationality ‘on sale’

Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi
Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi
In a matter of a few short weeks, the Government presented and passed a Bill in Parliament enabling it to literally sell Maltese passports, not even to the highest bidder, but for a measly €650,000 and €25,000 for wives and children and so many other relations – the list is endless.
It is outrageous and because the Labour Party in Opposition knew that the majority of the population would find it outrageous it kept it under wraps throughout its electoral campaign.
Did we know that if Labour were elected they would start to sell the epitome of our statehood - our passports - like cheesecakes? No, of course, not!
So Labour in government sprung it upon its unsuspecting citizens half expecting us all to take it in our stride as though it is the most normal thing for a government to do.
We are selling our citizenship as though it were a sack of potatoes
No it is not. Not unless you live in a banana republic in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, that is. And the Maltese people 10 years ago decided that they did not wish to be compared to, live like or emulate the nationals of St Kitts and Nevis. They wanted instead to confirm their European roots and become full members of the European Union.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Qormi Bread and Wine Festival 2008

The best time to visit Qormi is during one of its many cultural events such as the Malta Springfest, the Qormi Wine Festival and the Qormi Bread Festival. Qormi also organises many sports events including the Qormi Road Race, various Fun Runs and others. The residents have much pride in their locality, so much so that they even have their own official anthem since 2002.
Although a thriving city by now, village life can still be felt in Qormi. There are several sports clubs, music and band clubs, religious clubs and a variety of others ranging from fireworks and festa-related associations to politics clubs and social circles keeping the residents involved with the city's traditional activities. The older generation of “Qormizi” speak a thick Qormi dialect, although this is now in decline.
The rivalry between the village festas of Qormi's two patrons is rather interesting to witness! The first parish was that dedicated to St George.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ruzar Briffa - Poet

Rużar Briffa

 (1906 – 1963) was a Maltese poet and dermatologist, and a major figure in Maltese literature.
“I never thought of publishing these poems in a book. Some were written in hard times, others in moments of joy. And I wrote them for myself.” These were the poet’s words as they appeared in his first collection of poetry, Poeżiji, published in 1971 thanks to his second wife Louisette and his friend P. Valentin Barbara’s constant encouragement.


He was known as the poet "of smallness and simplicity". Rużar Briffa studied at the Saint Elmo elementary state school and at the Valletta Lyceum. Having obtained his matriculation certificate, in 1923 he started teaching at elementary schools. In 1924, he began his studies in medicine at the University of Malta and completed them in London in venereology and dermatology. In 1932 he became a specialist in skin diseases. He was known for his humility and his greatheartedness in dealing with his patients, especially those suffering from leprosy.
According to his wife Louisette, he dreamed of beautifying disfigured and suffering patients through his medical work. This aesthetic concern emerges frequently in his literary work, so much so that he was known as the "Poet of Beauty" amongst his contemporaries.
In 1931, together with his friend Ġużè Bonnici, he founded the Għaqda tal-Malti Università, which is active to date, and started issuing the magazine Leħen il-Malti ("Voice of the Maltese").
Rużar Briffa died on 22 February 1963. His full biogra phy was released in 1984 by Professor Oliver Friggieri. The Maltese town of Mosta contains a road named in his honour, Triq Rużar Briffa.


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There are more Maltese outside the Maltese Islands than there are citizens residing in the country itself. The Maltese outside Malta are either emigrants or descendents of emigrants. The countries which have most traditionally hosted the Maltese diaspora are Australia, Canada, the U.S.A., and Britain. Nevertheless, there are Maltese living in virtually every country around the world and this blog will travel the world in hopes of bringing the Maltese back to Malta.

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