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Ettore Raffi

  • MT NAM MEM-0001ER
  • Subfonds
  • 1938-2017
  • Part of Memorja

Ettore Raffi was born in Lampedusa on the 12th of November 1938 to a family of fishermen. He had two male siblings. He started working at sea when he was 15 years old and some of his destinations included Mississippi and Panama while he was a marine engineer. He left in 1982 when he became a janitor at a school in Lampedusa. He got married and had three children: two girls and a boy. He had always lived in Lampedusa.

Giacomo Matina

  • MT NAM MEM-0049GM
  • Subfonds
  • 01/08/2019
  • Part of Memorja

Giacomo Matina was born in Lampedusa on the 2nd December 1932. His father was a fisherman and his mother a housewife.
He started to help other fisherman at the age of eight and at twelve years of age he left school to start working as fisherman. He plied his trade between Lampedusa and Malta till 1958. In 1958 he got married to a Maltese woman, Carmela, and they had two daughters (Nicolette and Antoinette) and one son (Joseph). From 1959 till 1973 he travelled between Malta and Libya and worked as a steel fixer. In 1973 the family decided to move to Australia, where Giacomo worked as a labourer till 1997. He had been retired when the interview was recorded.

Giovanni Fragapane

  • MT NAM MEM-0002GF
  • Subfonds
  • 1800-2019
  • Part of Memorja

Giovanni Fragapane was born in Lampedusa on the 21st of September 1939, the son of a fisherman and a housewife. He had studied History of Art in Rome and had lived in different places, including Palermo and Milan. He was a professor of History of Art in Aprilia and in Lampedusa and between 1983 to 1993 he was also the mayor of Lampedusa. He had published a book about the island titled 'Lampedusa' and is considered the island's historian.

Henry Louis Gatt

  • MT NAM MEM-0007HLG
  • Subfonds
  • 1882-2019
  • Part of Memorja

Theme: Experiencing war - survival, shelter and food. Henry Louis Gatt was born on the 20th of January 1923 in Valletta. He had 5 brothers and 8 sisters. His mother was a housewife while his father was Brigadier Alfred J. Gatt, a career army officer who had been posted to Gallipoli during the First World War where he was awarded the Military Cross. During the Second World War, he had been made Commander of Fixed Defences. Between 1940 and 1970 Henry was a Royal Malta Artillery (RMA) officer and was stationed in Malta, Palestine, the UK and Germany. He retired with the rank of Major. He had two children: a boy and a girl.

Laurence Mizzi

  • MT NAM MEM-0008LM
  • Subfonds
  • 1931-2017
  • Part of Memorja

Theme: Experiencing war - survival, shelter and food. Laurence Mizzi was born on the 28th of November 1931 in Vittoriosa (Birgu). He had 7 siblings: 1 sister and 6 brothers. His mother was a housewife and his father had worked at H.M. Dockyard. Laurence lived in Vittoriosa, Gudja and Paola and had a boy and a girl. He had worked as a teacher, a scriptwriter, a school broadcasting organiser and lastly as a member and Chairman of the Broadcasting Authority. He was also a publishing author with his focus being the Second World War. Three well-known works of his are 'Wartime Diary of a Maltese Boy,' 'The People's War, Malta: 1940-1943,' and 'When War Broke Out.'

Legacy Records

In this Subfonds one can find the Department of Trade files Sub Subfond (01) which have been transferred to the National Archives of Malta.

Mikelina Vella

  • MT NAM MEM-0012MV
  • Subfonds
  • 1927-2017
  • Part of Memorja

Theme: Experiencing war - survival, shelter and food. Mikelina Vella was born on the 5th of January 1927 in Mosta. Her parents had owned a drapery shop and she had eleven siblings. She had spent the 1950s and 1960s working as a cleaner for British service families in Sliema and Ta' Xbiex. She later worked as a batwoman for Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) airmen until 1974 and then worked as a cleaner at the Mtarfa Military Hospital between 1974 and 1979. Her last job was in the laundry section of St Vincent de Paul retirement home and she had retired in the early 1980s.

Salvatore Davì

  • MT NAM MEM-0003SD
  • Subfonds
  • 1946-2019
  • Part of Memorja

Salvatore Davì was born in Lampedusa on the 31st of March 1946 to a family of fishermen. He had two brothers and one sister. He worked as a fisherman in Lampedusa and afterwards in Malta. He got married to a Maltese woman and in 1970 he decided to relocate to Malta. He found employment in Malta with a small private company. He had three sons and one daughter.