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Vale Fra Richard Divall AO OBE

By Charles Gatt Sunday, 22 January 2017

The MHA is saddened to report that Fra Richard Divall AO OBE passed away on Sunday 15 January 2017

Richard was Conductor, musicologist and for thirty years Music Director of the Victorian State Opera, and Principal Resident Conductor of the Australian Opera.  Amongst many other honours, he was  a Knight of The Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.

Richard was one of the founders of the MHA and a long time supporter of our group.  He gave many interesting talks about Maltese Music and was involved in transcribing the music of early Maltese composers, especially from the period of the Knights, including the complete sacred music and operas by Nicolas Isouard (1773–1818) and was working on the sacred music and operas of Girolamo Abos (1715–1760).

He will be greatly missed.

May he rest in Peace.

His Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 10:30am at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

 

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Season's Greetings

The crib at St Mary Star of the Sea in West Melbourne

 

The MHA wishes all its members and friends a Happy and Holy Christmas and a Wonderful New Year for 2017.  May it be your best year ever!

We are looking forward to our first talk at 7:30 pm on 21 February, as usual on the third Tuesday of the month, at the Maltese Community Centre in Parkville.

 

 

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MHA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

By Charles Gatt Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Maltese Historical Association held its Annual General Meeting on 15 November 2016 at the Maltese Community Centre in Parkville, with 15 members present. The minutes of the previous year’s AGM were read and Robert Blythe was thanked for the MHA facebook page, which has received 12,000 likes!

 

 

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October 2016 Lecture

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 November 2016 By Charles Gatt

 

 Sir Alexander Ball and the Part of Malta that Almost Was

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Robert Blythe

 

On Tuesday 18th October 2016, Robert Blythe gave a lecture to the MHA about Sir Alexander Ball.  Ball was a British Navy Admiral who played a key role against the French in Malta and also at the Battle of the Nile. Popular with the Maltese, he helped bring Malta under British rule. He also tried to annex the Island of Lampadusa to British Malta, which could have altered the course of Maltese history. 

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September 2016 Lecture

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 October 2016 By Administrator Wednesday, 12 October 2016

 

The Building of Valletta 1566

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Joseph Borg

It is the 450th anniversary of the foundation of Valletta.   In 1565 Malta was in ruins after the Great Siege but the Order of Malta, under Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette, was being praised in the courts of Europe for their outstanding defence of the Island of Malta, stemming the Turkish tide into the underbelly of Europe.

 

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Some of the audience at Joe Borg’s talk  

Photo:  Lewis Zammit

 

 

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August 2016 Lecture

Monday, 22 August 2016

Lola’s Story

 

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Susan Pierotti

On Tuesday 16th August 2016, Susan Pierotti spoke to us at the MHA.  Last year, she edited and brought to publication City Kid, the memoirs of Lola Russell.  Lola's story begins with the arrival in 1838 of her great-grandfather, Antonio Azzopardi, Melbourne's first Maltese settler. 

 

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July 2016 Event

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Malta a Panorama

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Mario Bonnici

 

Last month a number of members again braved the winter weather and attended our July activity. This was a PowerPoint presentation with various photographs of Malta and Gozo. Since many of our friends or family members are currently holidaying in Malta, we thought we will join them for a couple of hours, at least visually.

 

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June 2016 Event

By Charles Gatt Friday, 08 July 2016

MHA JUNE EVENT

Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Malta

by Joseph Borg

Summary: Charles Gatt

 

Joseph Borg introduced his talk with an introduction to Plate Tectonic Theory.  The solid earth we know is just a thin crust, floating on molten rock, called magma.  The crust is cracked like a broken egg shell and the pieces, called plates, move around in different directions, driven by convection currents, warm magma rising and cool magma sinking.  These slow but powerful forces cause volcanoes and earthquakes, especially at the edges of the plates.

 

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May 2016 Event

By Charles Gatt Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Melbourne Book Launch of Dr Claudia Sagona’s latest book,

The Archaeology of Malta from the Neolithic through the Roman Period.

On Tuesday 17th May 2016 the MHA and MCCV hosted the Melbourne book launch of Professor Claudia Sagona’s latest book, The Archaeology of Malta from the Neolithic through the Roman Period. About 55 people attended an excellent lecture and social gathering afterwards.

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Audience at Dr Sagona’s talk         Photo:  Lewis Zammit                                        Dr Sagona speaking at the MHA      Photo:  Lewis Zammit

 

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April 2016 Event

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 May 2016 By Charles Gatt Thursday, 21 April 2016

George Portelli: Grandmaster Hompesch:  Villian or Victim?

Summary: Charles Gatt

 

In his lecture on 19 April, George Portelli spoke on the topic: Grand Master Ferdinand von Hompesch: Villain or Victim?  He began by giving the background to Ferdinand von Hompesch born in 1744 into an ancient noble family from Germany.  In Malta, the Hompesch Gate and a monument that bears his name can be found in Zabbar (Città Hompesch). 

Siġġiewi (Città Ferdinando) recalls his name, and Żejtun (Città Beland) was named after his mother, who was a Bylandt.

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