Dun Karm Psalia Il-poeta Nazzjonali ta’ Malta.
Għaliex tarmih l-ilsien li tatek ommok u titlef għaqlek wara lsien barrani?
From the archives of the Maltese Community of South Australia
AN ACT OF CHARITY
BY THE MALTESE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA DURING WORLD WAR II
World War II hit Malta on 11 June 1940 and it may be safely said that the enemy hostilities lasted till the capitulation of Italy, which was officiallyannounced on 8 September 1943.
Malta suffered heavy losses and many of its historical buildings and homes were destroyed. The Maltese people suffered moral and physical pain and hunger theyhad never experienced before. During a five-month period between December 1941and May 1942 more than 800 Maltese were killed and nearly one thousand severely injured in action. Four thousand buildings were reduced to rabble.
The Maltese Community of South Australia in 1942, although very small in numbers(only 20 families) did try to help alleviate the sufferings of their compatriots back home. They organised a special celebration to raise money to be sent to their relatives and friends in Malta. The organisers and participants as well as those who supported this function received well-deserved admiration from the rest of the South Australian community for their charitable and heroic gesture.
The photo above showsthe main participants in this unique occasion:
Standing from left to right: Connie Vella,Eris Vella, Jane Sciberras, Doris Camilleri, Jeane Camilleri, Rita Schembri, Mary Camilleri. Doris Sciberrras and Mary Grima. Sitting: Amy, Clare, and Rita Grima.
Information supplied by Rita Schembri and photo by (the late) Daniel Caruana
MALTESE CULTURE AND HERITAGE
10 FACTS YOU PROBABLY DO NOT KNOW ABOUT MALTA
- Malta was known as ‘Melita’ by theancient Greeks and Romans. This means ‘the island of honey’.
- The Pharaoh Hound is the National Dog of Malta. In Maltese, the breed is knownas Kelb tal-Fenek
3. The University of Malta is the oldestuniversity in the Commonwealth outside of Great Britain.
- Malta puts on 75 villages feasts to honour local patron saints between June and September. The feast, or festa in Maltese, is a fabulous event with fireworks, bands and a religious procession.
- The Knights of St. John of Jerusalem were given control of Malta in 1530 by Charles V of Spain.
- Grand Master, Jean Parisot de laValette, who gave Malta’s capital its name (Valletta) actually laid the firststone to the city in 1566.
- The earliest evidence of humansettlement in Malta dates back over 7,400 years and the Megalithic temples are the oldest free-standing stone structures in the world.
8. The highest point on the island of Malta is at Ta’ Dmejrek, some 253 metres above sea level.
- The dome of the Mosta Church, famously surviving a fallen bomb during WWII, is the third largest in Europe.
10. Maltese, or Malti, is an officially recognised EU language. Malta has been a Member State since 2004
THE CHICKEN HAWKER
From a painting of Chev. Edw. Caruana Dingli (1876-1950)
He was born in Valletta, Malta of afamily of artists in 1876. In 1898, he was commissioned in the Royal Malta Artillery. He studied art under the celebrated Guze Cali (1846-1930) and at theBritish Academy in Rome, Italy. He excelled himself as a painter of Maltese landscape and folklore.