In photos: Birżebbuġa in the 1880s, 1950s, and 1970s

A few weeks ago, we introduced Joe Scicluna, a local archivist with a collection of Maltese photos Joe has acquired over decades as a Forensic photographer. Joe generously allowed to share a sliver of the photos he has acquired.

For our first collaboration with Joe Scicluna, we selected 12 photos that showed Valletta throughout the ages; for this article, we wanted to take a turn south by focusing on Joe’s favourite pictures of Birżebbuġa.

Here’s some facts about Birżebbuġa we think are worth sharing

  • Artifacts from Għar Dalam, a cave in Birżebbuġa, date back to the Neolithic Period some 7,400 years ago. The lowermost layers, more than 500,000 years old, contain the fossil bones of dwarf elephants, hippopotami, micro-mammals and birds. These findings has led experts believe that Malta was once connected to continental Europe.
  • Borġ in-Nadur, a bronze age fortified settlement, reveal hints about the Neolithic people who lived in Malta, and then became extinct, in 1900BC
  • Birżebbuġa is home to a number of other historical sites, such as the Ferretti BatteryPinto Battery, and the Birżebbuġa entrenchments. There are 7 churches in Birżebbuġa.
  • During the British period, Fort Benghisa, RAF Kalafrana and RAF Hal Far were built in Birżebbuġa.
  • St George’s Bay is famous for its Cart Ruts that go across the small sandy bay.

Birżebbuġa in 1951 – Triq San Ġorġ between Triq Birżebbuġa and Dawret il-Qalb Imqaddsa

Displaying Birżebbuġa 1951 Triq San Ġorġ between Triq Birżebbuġa and Dawret il-Qalb Imqaddsa..jpg

Birżebbuġa in 1880 – Going uphill towards Għar Dalam.

Displaying Birżebbuġa circa1880. Going uphill towards Għar Dalam..jpg

Birżebbuġa in 1910 – St George’s Bay

Displaying Birżebbuġa circa1910 St George's Bay..jpg

Birżebbuġa in 1910 – hotel Downdall at il-Qajjenza

Displaying Birżebbuġa Downdall's -hotel at il-Qajjenza circa1910.jpg

Birżebbuġa in 1900 – Pretty Bay

Displaying Birżebbuġa in circa 1900 Pretty Bay.jpg

Birżebbuġa in 1930’s – Kalafrana sea plane depot

Displaying Birżebbuġa kalafrana. Sea plane depot. 1930's.jpg

Birzebbuga in 1940’s – Lido Cinema with Belle Isle skating ring on the left

Displaying Birzebbuga Lido Cinema with Belle Isle skating ring on the left. 1940's.jpg

Birżebbuġa in 1930’s – St George’s bay with Shell fuel Depot in the background

Displaying Birżebbuġa St George's bay with Shell fuel Depot in the background in the 30's.jpg

Birżebbuġa in 1950’s – Pretty Bay

Displaying Pretty Bay in the early 50's.jpg

Pretty Bay in 1929

Displaying Birzebbuga 1929 Pretty Bay.jpg

Birżebbuġa aerial view in the 1970s

Displaying 1970's Pretty Bay Birzebbugaaerial view.jpg

Do you have photos of Birżebbuġa you’d like us to share?

Send us a private message via our Facebook page, or leave a comment below! We’ll save it for our next articles.