Hundreds of documents of Sir Adrian Dingli, which date back to the 19th century when Malta was still part of the British Empire, have just became part of the National Archives.
This collection is the largest out of six collections which the National Archives acquired from Dr Albert Granado.
This was announced by the Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government Owen Bonnici during a press conference.
There, he explained how these documents are of massive importance as, due to them, Malta’s history will continue to be preserved and be given the importance it deserves.
The Minister thanked Dr Granado and his family for their work centred around safe-keeping this collection, thanking as well the workers of the National Archives for their dedication.
The National Archiver Dr Charles Farrugia explained how these collections are important because they complement the documents which are already to be found in the National Archive.
Sir Adrian Dingli was born in Valletta in 1817 to a family with ties to administrative justice. His father, Paolo, served as a president of the court and a judge. Some of the documentations of Paolo Dingli are to be found in this new collection.
The collection also contains various reports about legal materials, documents tied to laws and other important historical artefacts. Documents tied to Sir John Stoddart (1773-1856), the last English judge in Malta, are also among the collection.
The National Archives also acquired collections from Dr Albert Ganado collections about the Bonita, Emmanuele Mizzi, Paolo Testaferrata Abela, Caruana Gatto and Albert Laferla families.