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Astonishing images show life in Victorian Malta

Astonishing vintage photographs from the 1850s show Victorians enjoying one of Malta’s most historic gardens.

In the images, women are shown wearing restrictive, formal wear while men are dressed in smart suits with ties and hats.

The Victorian fascination with Egypt is also evident, with Egyptian servants posing for photos beside a well.

The never-before-seen images were taken at Villa Frere in Pieta, overlooking Msida Creek.

British aristocrat John Hookham Frere commissioned the building’s construction after moving to Malta with his wife in the 1820s in hope that the warmer climate would improve her ill health.

These stunning images were snapped around 40 years later, and were included in a photo album belonging to the 1st Marquess of Dalhousie.

He served as Governor General of India until 1856 and then retired to Malta with his wife and family.

As well as pictures of the grand-looking gardens, images of Ta’ Xbiex, Msida and Marsamxett Harbour are also featured in the collection.

The amazing photographs came to light after being bought at auction by Jack Cator from Madliena.

He said: ‘I acquired the original photo album dating from the 1850s to the 1870s at a London auction last year.

‘It consists of 40 or so photographs and drawings of Malta.’

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