Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.


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Malta Protestant College, Balluta c1849. ( 1843? -1865)680 viewsRead here.
Later St Ignatius (Jesuit) College 1877 - 1907.
Hence St Ignatius Junction and Old College Hill.
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Balluta Buildings under construction 1926-8710 viewsOwner the Marquis Scicluna. Behind is St Ignatius College. No sign of Egmont Close yet.Prefect
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The Chalet, opened 1926.556 viewsDances on Wednesday & Saturday. Full Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Mro. Bonett.
Gents 1/- Ladies Free. Dress Optional.
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HMS Ark Royal (2)447 viewsProbably enroute Gallipoli in 1915. Her seaplanes were the first aircraft seen in Malta.Prefect
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Msida Bastion Cemetery (left) & Hay Wharf880 viewsAn early British cemetery used 1806-1856, recently restored.
The hay stacked in pyramids was for Army horses.
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The Army Gymnasium502 viewsBuilt 1873 on St James Bastion. Replaced by the Vernon Club in 1919, it was identical to the main building at Verdala School.Prefect
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The NAAFI, St James Cavalier.572 viewsOpened 1921 to the dismay of local shopkeepers.Prefect
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King George V Merchant Seamen's Memorial Hospital734 viewsOn Crucifix Bastion, opened 1922.
Now the Boffa Hospital
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The Dockyard Clock585 viewsSt Michael Cavalier, Senglea.
The Cavalier was demolished in 1923 to make way for a new school called St Michael’s Cavalier Public School. This was destroyed by bombing in WW2 and rebuilt to a different design on the same site overlooking No.3 Dock. The Cavalier stood on St Michael Bastion where apart from the Dockyard Clock, the Admiralty has its offices, a recreation hall, tennis courts and the Dockyard School.
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Mtarfa Funeral c1923532 viewsRAF Morris Commercial.Prefect
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Mile End Football Ground 1912531 viewsThe Band of the Black Watch at half time.Prefect
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Mile End525 viewsMarsa to the left, Hamrun right.Prefect
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F3 Flying Boat 1917561 viewsOne of 25 built in the Dockyard.Prefect
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St Luke's Garrison Chapel, Tigne.576 viewsFoundation stone laid by Sir Leslie Rundle in 1910.
In 1979 it became a social centre and is now a sales office for Midi.
Seen in 2009.
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Royal Naval Prison, Corradino, 1866.631 viewsDesign based on Pentonville.
Now a Sports Complex. More here.
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Somerset Dock 1867534 viewsOpened 1871 and later numbered 3 although built before No.2.Prefect
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Barracca Lift612 viewsStarted operating December 1905. It ceased to operate in 1973 and was dismantled in 1983.Prefect
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Lintorn Barracks567 viewsAdjacent to Floriana Parade Ground, completed in 1903.Prefect
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HMS Hibernia795 viewsBuilt 1804. She was flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet from 1816 until 1855, when she became the flagship for the Royal Navy's base at Malta, remaining in this role until she was sold in 1902. Known locally as Arbania. Replaced by HMS Egmont and in 1912 the name transferred to the fort which was renamed HMS St Angelo in 1933.Prefect
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HMS Hazard 1899544 viewsTorpedo Gunboat. Sunk off Portland Bill 1918 following collision.
Hibernia to the left and no high bridge across the Camber from St Angelo to the town.
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St Paul's Bay C1905621 viewsParish Church built 1901-1905. Village population 185.
And now.
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Marsamxett Gate Valletta 1902565 viewsPrefect
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Sunderland at Kalafrana737 viewsAfter air attack in 1941.Prefect
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The King628 viewsLanding by Pinnace from HMS Aurora June 1943.
See the Film
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Farming at Delimara c1910551 viewsPrefect
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The road to Dwejra 1930569 viewsPrefect
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The Għar at Għar Lapsi532 viewsPrefect
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Musta515 viewsAn early postcard.Prefect
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Another View of the Ferry640 viewsAnd the neoclassical Police Station.
R.Ellis
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Girl Guides 1932418 viewsAnyone we know?Prefect
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The Ferry - An early postcard623 viewsShowing the Police Station, creekfront houses and no Bisazza Street. Portsmouth United was a beer.Prefect
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Church/Cinema at Ghajn Tuffieha Camp586 viewsStill standingPrefect
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