Barbara, Agatha b. March 11, 1923 d. February 4, 2002 Maltese President. Born in Zabbar. The eldest daughter and the second of nine children of Joseph and Antonia Barbara. She studied at the State Primary and Grammar Schools. Agatha started her career as a school teacher, during the Second World War, in 1946 started to take an active interest in politics and joined the Malta Labour Party. As part of the self-rule scheme, a new constitution was drafted, and it gave Maltese women the right to vote for the first time. Roman Catholic clergy were...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Cause of death: Heart attack Zabbar Cemetery, Zabbar, Southern Harbour, Malta
Borg Olivier, Dr. Giorgio b. July 5, 1911 d. October 29, 1980 Prime Minister of Malta. Valletta born Giorgio Borg Olivier received his education at the lyceum and later at the Royal University of Malta, graduating as a doctor of laws in 1937. Elected to the Council of Government two years later, with the return of Responsible Government in 1947, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly and was later Deputy Leader of the Opposition. In 1950, he held the post of Minister of Works and Reconstruction and the post of Minister of Education in the nationalist...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery, Paola, Southern Harbour, Malta
Briffa, Dr. Rużar b. January 16, 1906 d. February 22, 1963 Poet. Considered to this day as a major figure in Maltese literature, Rużar Briffa was born in Valletta in 1906 and received his first education at St. Elmo's Elementary State School and the Valletta Lyceum. Obtaining the matriculation certificate, in 1923 he started teaching at elementary schools, however a year later he decided to further his studies, enrolling himself in the faculty of medicine of the University of Malta. Successfully finishing his studies in venereology and dermatology...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery, Paola, Southern Harbour, Malta
Buttigieg, Dr. Anton b. February 19, 1912 d. May 5, 1983 Second President of Malta. Qala born Anton Buttigieg received his first education at the local primary school before entering Gozo's Diocesan Seminary, studying for the priesthood from 1923 until 1927. Leaving his theological studies in 1928, he entered St. Aloysius's College and later the University of Malta, graduating bachelor of arts in 1934 and doctor of laws in 1940. Entering the Police Force as inspector during the Second World War, he thereafter practiced law, beginning to serve as of...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery, Paola, Southern Harbour, Malta
Collinson, Madeleine b. July 22, 1952 d. August 14, 2014 Actress, Model. She will be best remembered for playing 'Frieda Gellhorn' in the Hammer Studio picture "Twins of Evil" (1971). Born an identical twin (her sister is actress and model Mary Collinson) in Malta, she moved to England in 1969. They were discovered by noted glamour photographer Harrison Marks who cast them in his sexy short "Halfway Inn" (1970). This led to both sisters adorning the cover of Playboy during 1970. They hold the distinction as being the first identical twins to pose for...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery, Paola, Southern Harbour, Malta
Gonzi, Archbishop Michael b. May 13, 1885 d. January 22, 1984 First Metropolitan Archbishop of Malta. Born in 'Triq ta' Biswit il-Kwartier', Vittoriosa, on May 13, 1885 to Ġużè Gonzi and Margerita Tonna, Monsignor Count Sir Michael Gonzi KBE., D.D., was baptized at the local collegiate church of St. Lawrence. When he was five years of age, his family moved to Kalkara. Receiving his early education at Vittoriosa's primary school and later at the diocesan seminary of Floriana, he was ordained priest on December 19, 1908. Pursuing further studies...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Mdina Cathedral, Mdina, Western, Malta
Mamo, Sir. Anthony Joseph b. January 9, 1909 d. May 1, 2008 First President of Malta. Birkirkara born Sir Anthony Joseph Mamo was the only Maltese Governor General of the island before he was appointed President of then newly formed Republic. Educated at the Archbishop's Seminary and the University of Malta where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1931 and a law degree in 1934, he was awarded the Government travelling scholarship and the Bugeja Scholarship, being the first student in the course. In private practice for a year before joining the civil...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery, Paola, Southern Harbour, Malta
McCorrie, Charles b. 1830 d. April 8, 1857 Crimean War Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Private in the 57th Middlesex Regiment, British Army. On June 23, 1855, at Sebastopol, Crimea, Private McCorrie threw over the parapet a live shell which had been thrown from the enemy's battery, saving the lives of his squad. For courage under fire, he was awarded the Victoria Cross Medal. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Msida Bastion Cemetery, Msida, Northern Harbour, Malta
Mercieca, Archbishop. Joseph b. November 11, 1928 d. March 21, 2016 Roman Catholic Archbishop. Born in Victoria on the island of Gozo, Monsignor Joseph Mercieca entered seminary in his native city, being ordained priest by Bishop Joseph Pace on March 8, 1952. Furthering his studies in Rome, at the Pontifical Gregorian and Lateran Universities, graduating in theology and canon law, Mercieca served as rector of the Gozo Seminary from 1959 till 1969 when he headed to Rome following his appointment as judge of the Sacred Roman Rota by Pope Paul VI. Adviser of the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Mdina Cathedral, Mdina, Western, Malta
Mintoff, Dom b. August 6, 1916 d. August 20, 2012 Maltese Politician, former Prime Minister. Best known as the creator of the independence of Malta. Graduated at the University of Malta in 1943, he obtained his doctorate in Science and Engineering at Oxford. Mintoff was Political Secretary of the Labour Party, Prime Minister from 1955 to 1958 and from 1971 until 1984. During his term of government, after a vain attempt to equalize Malta to the status of Northern Ireland, he gained independence under a constitution that initially retained Queen...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery, Paola, Southern Harbour, Malta
Moynihan, Andrew b. January 1, 1830 d. May 18, 1867 Crimean War Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Sergeant in the 90th of Foot Regiment, British Army. At the assault on the Redan, Crimea, September 8, 1857, Sergeant Moynihan, personally killed five Russians and while under heavy fire also rescued a wounded officer. For extreme gallantry in the face of the enemy he was promoted Sergeant Major and awarded the Victoria Cross Medal. He also later achived the rank of Captain. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Ta' Braxia Cemetery, Pieta, Northern Harbour, Malta
Pace, Archbishop. Pietro b. April 9, 1831 d. July 29, 1914 Roman Catholic Archbishop. The son of Francesco Pace and Margerita Stellini, Monsignor Pietro Pace entered seminary in Malta, with Rev. Francesco Mercieca, aiding him financially to cover the expenses for his studies. Sent over to Rome, he frequented the faculty of theology of the La Sapienza University, earning a doctorate on November 13, 1852. Ordained priest there on December 17, 1853, he remained in Rome, furthering his studies in civil and canon laws in which he graduated on June 26, 1856...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Assumption Cathedral, Victoria, Gozo and Comino, Malta Plot: Chapel Of Saint Joseph.
Psaila, Dun Karm b. October 18, 1871 d. October 13, 1961 National Poet of Malta. Dun Karm Psaila, sometimes called "The Bard of Malta" or "The Chaucer of Malta", was born in Żebbuġ and after entering the diocesan seminary, he studied philosophy and theology at the Royal University of Malta. Ordained priest in 1894, between 1895 and 1921, he taught various subjects at the named seminary, including Italian, Latin, English, arithmetic, geography, cosmography, Church history and Christian archaeology. In 1921, he was appointed assistant...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery, Zebbug, Western, Malta Plot: Dun Karm Chapel.
Rawdon-Hastings, Sir. Francis b. December 9, 1754 d. November 28, 1826 British Revolutionary War Army Officer. Holder of the titles of 2nd Earl of Moira, Baron Rawdon of Rawdon, and 1st Marquess of Hastings, he was the second of six children born to the 1st Earl of Moira and the Baroness Hastings. After his schooling at the Harrow and University College, Oxford, he joined the British Army in 1771 at the age of 17 and enjoyed a distinguished military career. During the Revolutionary War he was stationed in the United States and fought in the battles of Bunker Hill...[Read More] (Bio by: Tom Todd) Hastings Garden, Valletta, Southern Harbour, Malta
Strickland, Gerald b. May 24, 1861 d. August 22, 1940 Prime Minister of Malta. The son of a naval officer, Gerald Strickland was educated at St. Mary's College in Oscott and Trinity College in Cambridge. Active in local politics from an early age, he was elected to the council of the government of Malta in 1886. Accompanying Dr. Fortunato Mizzi, founder of the Maltese Nationalist Party, to the first Colonial Conference in London, the result was the drafting of the new Maltese Constitution in December of the following year. Appointed governor of...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Mdina Cathedral, Mdina, Western, Malta Plot: Family Crypt.
Strickland, Mabel Edeline b. January 8, 1899 d. November 29, 1988 Journalist. She was the daughter of Sir Gerald Strickland G.C.M.G., 6th Count della Catena and 1st and last Baron Strickland of Sizergh and Lady Edeline Sackville-West. She was a member of the Maltese Parliament, and founder of the "Maltese Times". Mdina Cathedral, Mdina, Western, Malta Plot: Strickland family crypt