Past Events

June 2013 Event: Education Reforms and Schooling in Malta - 1800-1974

Friday, 12 July 2013

school-in-maltaOn Tuesday 18 June 2013 Mrs Maria Catania, guest speaker at the Maltese Historical Association monthly event, gave a presentation on Education Reforms and Schooling in Malta between 1800 and 1974.

After a brief introduction, Mrs Catania developed the topic around three areas of the history of education in Malta:

  • Education reforms and the personalities involved in these reforms.
  • Some of the schools in towns and villages which were restored, extended or newly built.
  • Our school years' experiences.

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May 2013 Event: The Plagues in Malta

By Agnes Cauchi Monday, 03 June 2013

MHA-May13-JoeBorg-FrancesBonniciMHA President Mrs Frances Bonnici thanking the guest speaker, Mr Joe BorgOn Tuesday 21st May, Mr Joseph Borg gave an interesting presentation on the plagues in Malta. Plagues have been with us since time immemorial. They were first described around 80-100 AD, being found in Libya, Egypt and Syria.

There are three kinds of plagues:

  • bubonic , characterised by swollen lymph nodes,
  • Septicaemia, involving the blood
  • Pneumonic, which affects the lungs.

What caused the plague?

The bubonic plague in most cases is contracted through the bites of an infected rodent, fleas, lice, cats, dogs, squirrels etc. The bacteria enter through a cut in the skin, either form a piece of contaminated clothing used by an infected person, or it was spread through coughing and shared living quarters.

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April 2013 Event: 'Colourful Bus Trip into Nostalgia' by Albert Agius

By Agnes Cauchi Sunday, 21 April 2013

MHA-April13-FrancesBonnici-AlbertAgiusMHA President Mrs Frances Bonnici with guest speaker Mr Albert AgiusGuest speaker at the April 2013 MHA Event held on 16 April 2013 at the Maltese Community Centre in Parkville was Mr Albert Agius, who took us through the years beginning in 1905 when the first bus route was established between Valetta and St Andrews. A year later, the route was expanded to St Julians with nine double-decker buses, but it soon stopped.

During WWI Malta had an influx of wounded solders. With them came doctors and nurses, and they all needed transport.  By 1920, the British Motor Company (BMC) was manufacturing bus bodies in Malta. In 1921, a new bus route started between Valetta and the Cottonera, and a Valletta bus terminus was established.

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March 2013 Event: The Sacred Music of Malta’s National Composer Nicolò Isouard

By Agnes Cauchi Friday, 01 March 2013

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The Sacred Music of Malta’s National Composer Nicolò Isouard (1773-1818) and Music in Malta at the time of the Knights of Malta

On Tuesday 12th March, 2013 Frà Professor Richard Divall was guest speaker at the MHA Event held at the Maltese Centre, Parkville. The presentation consisted of two parts: the first part was about music in Malta under the Knights, with a special focus on the Maltese composer Nicolò Isuard. The second part consisted of a playback of the sound tracks of the televised concert of sacred music by Nicolò Isuard, performed at St John's co-cathedral in Valletta and conducted by Prof Divall.

Malta-concert-5Frà Professor Richard Divall Before the Knights came to Malta, there was already a music life in Mdina, especially in the cathedral of St Paul. However, the Knights brought a musical establishment to St Lawrence's church in Birgu (Vittoriosa). For 200 years, music composition flourished in Malta. Maltese priests were sent to Naples to study music, among them we find a certain Grixti and Balzan. Grand Master de Vilhena even built a baroque opera house five storey high. Some operas were performed there for the benefit of the Italian Knights who always favoured operas. Unfortunately, all music of that era is lost, except for some sacred music.

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February 2013 Event: The ANZACs and Malta

By Agnes Cauchi Friday, 22 February 2013

Anzacs-and-MaltaAt the MHA Event for February 2013 Malta's Consul General in Victoria, Mr Charles Mifsud, was the guest speaker on the little known topic of Malta's connection with the ANZACs. Mr. Charles Mifsud had first given this talk in November last year at the Shrine of Remembrance, St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

During the two world conflicts Malta gave its valued part in defeating the enemy. The connection between Malta and ANZACs is hardly ever observed. The connection started in the First World War during the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915 and continued right until the 1950s.

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January 2013 Event: History of Malta through Coinage

Monday, 04 February 2013

MHA-Jan13-Ray-BommiciGuest Speaker, Mr Ray BonniciOn January 29th the MHA started the monthly presentations for 2013 with a special guest speaker. We were lucky to have Mr Ray Bonnici (pictured right) who has been visiting from Malta and who works at the Central Bank of Malta.

Mr Bonnici spoke about the museum located at the Central Bank of Malta (CBM), where some of the original coins are displayed.

Coins in Malta have been in circulation in excess of two millennia – since 550 BC. The first known coins found in Malta were those of the Carthaginians. During that period, Malta became a Carthaginian naval base and trading station. They were largely made of bronze, though silver and gold ones were also found.

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November 2012 Event: Kaċċa u Nsib

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Presentation By Emmanuel Cilia

As a topic Hunting and Trapping (Kaċċa u Nsib) in Malta has been very controversial in the recent past, locally and in the media around the EU. Malta has a long tradition and a well-established sub-culture involving generations of hunters and trappers. On recent estimates these form nearly 4% of the general population.

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October 2012 Event: 'il-Folklor Malti' – Maltese Folklore

By Agnes Cauchi Friday, 09 November 2012

Charles Mifsud Oct 2012Guest Speaker Mr Charles MifsudThe October presentation entitled "il-Folklor Malti – Maltese Folklore" was given by Mr Charles Mifsud, Consul General for Malta in Victoria, on October 16th, 2012.

Mr Mifsud started his presentation by asking the question "What is Folklore?" He came up with several answers. He said that :

  • It comes from periods in history of lack of education. In the olden days few people went to school.
  • The church's influence was at its peak. It had a lot of say in the everyday life of the Maltese.

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July 2012 Event: Ambivalence - Malta And The French Revolution

By Agnes Cauchi Saturday, 04 August 2012


MHA Event July 2012 2Guest speaker Jonathan HiliJonathan Hili was guest speaker at the monthly MHA activity in July. His talk was about the French Revolution that changed all Europe. Napoleon Bonaparte helped spread the change. Up to this day, we adopt some of the French Revolution's ideals, such as equality and liberty.

18th Century Malta had very strong links with France, not only diplomatic, but also cultural, economic and political. The Maltese nobility and middle class spoke French. Many of them were educated in France. They followed French fashion and depended on France for the wealth they enjoyed. So one should not be surprised to find Malta was shaken by the French Revolution. Some were optimistic that the changes offered hope, whilst other were wary.

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June 2012 Event: 'Mare Nostrum' - Malta and the Mediterranean

Thursday, 05 July 2012

In his talk, Prof Maurice Cauchi emphasized the role of the Mediterranean Sea on the history of Malta. Ancient civilisations followed wind and sea currents to travel to and fro every part of the Mediterranean.marenostrum

He started by expressing surprise that out of the thousands of islands in the Mediterranean, no one has had such an illustrious history as Malta. Most prominently is the presence of prehistoric temples which are the oldest above-ground buildings in the world. The significance of these mammoth efforts, from a population which could hardly number more than 10,000 persons, is still difficult to explain

He also touched on Phoenician/Carthaginian business which criss-crossed the Mediterranean, and involved Malta. Again this could be explained by its position half-way between Rome and Carthage, which made it mandatory of the victorious city to control this lynch-pin island.

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