10 fascinating photos of Malta as your Nanna knew it

A fascinating collection of photographs taken more than 50 years ago give us a peek into how life in Malta has changed.

The never-before-seen images were uncovered in London archives of the Daily Telegraph.

They feature cruise liners and aircraft carriers in the Grand Harbour, vintage buses, tourists soaking up the sun in Qawra and young soldiers relaxing at an army base in Malta.

The black-and-white photographs depict life in Malta between 1961 and 1969.

One shows the Malta Hilton in St Julian’s, roughly where the Portomaso Yacht Marina stands today.

The photos, owned by an anonymous collector based in Iceland, includes shots of Ramla Bay and the stairway up the cliff at Xlendi in Gozo,

The collection of vintage photographs are being auctioned online. This is Malta as your Nanna knew it.


1. Tourists lap up the Maltese sunshine by the sea in Qawra


2. The steep stairs up the cliff at Xlendi in 1963


3. St George’s Bay in St Julian’s in 1963


4. Cruise liners replace warships in the Grand Harbour in 1969

5. Ramla Bay in Gozo looks the same in 1963 as it does today


6. Mdina is surrounded by empty fields in 1963


7. The Tarxien megalithic temple was a pile of stones in 1967


8. King’s Gate bus station in all its glory in 1961


9. HMS Ark Royal enters the Grand Harbour in 1963


10. Soldiers wait for their next orders under the aqueduct in Hamrun in 1963

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