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55 responses to “Maltese History & Heritage

  1. Kerry Endon

    November 28, 2015 at 6:10 am

    I have just stumbled upon your wonderful site. Very impressive!
    I am searching for my ancestor ‘Sarah Jarvis’, who was born in 1813-14 in Malta, apparently.
    I cannot find her and all I know is that her father was a ‘William Jarvis’ who may have been posted to Malta in the war at that time. He was most probably born in London, England around 1780-90. He may have married a Maltese lady while he was there.

    I have her listed in the ‘British in Malta’ site as being born in Malta but she is listed under her married name of ‘Pickering’

    Can anyone assist me with this as I don’t know where to look for her and would love to know for sure about her heritage.

    Kind Regards,

  2. TJ Andre

    November 22, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Hi, can anyone help me to identify “the apothecary’s tower”? It is referenced in an historical novel I am reading and is described as a tower with a clock in it, from the top of which one could observe a person sitting in Upper Baracca. Thanks!

    • vassallomalta

      November 22, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Are you sure it is the Upper Barracca and not the Lower Barracca? In which period is the novel orientated?

  3. Paul Schembri

    October 13, 2015 at 3:20 am

    Contact Mr Gejtu Deguara at the Maltese Community Centre as he comes from Hamrun In Malta. .

    • Lauren

      October 13, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Thank you I will do.

  4. Lauren

    October 11, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Hi I am helping my partner locate information relating to his father Emmanuel Mercieca 1933-1969 and grandfather Joseph Mercieca 1893-1972 Joseph had business to do with grain, postal service Gozo-Malta, transport and owned properties in Triq San Tumas Hamrun. Emmanuel worked on ss Beatrice and star of Malta before immigrating to Australia sometime between 1955-1957 unfortunately Emmanuel passed away after reviewing horrific burns in a horrifying truck accident near Wagga Wagga in 1969 his son was only 11. If you might have any pictures of Triq San Tumas Hamrun or information bout them please let me no. Joseph Mercieca owned Joseph Mercieca bros. thank you

  5. Paul Schembri

    July 22, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Incredible history of Malta very much appreciated and thank you so very much