Never-before-seen photos show Malta 150 years ago

This is how Malta looked when your great great great great grandmother was alive.

These never-before-seen images, which were unearthed at an auction, give a fascinating insight into life in Victorian Malta.

The incredible snaps include views of Pieta Creek, several decades before St Luke’s Hospital was built on the hill.

The amazing photographs were snapped up by Jack Cator from Madliena recently.

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.’

The stunning images were part of a collection belonging to a Scottish aristocrat, the Marquess of Dalhousie.

Lord Ramsay, as he was also known, served as Governor-General of India from 1848 to 1856.

After his retirement, he moved to Malta where he lived for four years.

Pictures of his grand-looking garden in Gwardamangia are featured, as well as images of Ta’Xbiex, Msida and Marsamxett taken from his rooftop.

The Marquess left Malta after his health deteriorated and sailed back home to Edinburgh where he died in 1860.

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