Copyright The Malta Historical Society, 2005.

Source: Melita Historica : Journal of the Malta Historical Society. 6(1975)4(449)

[p.449] P. ATTARD & others: Tifkira tal-festi li saru fit-Kolleġġjata tar-Rabat fgħeluq il-ħamsin sena mit-tiġrif tal-koppla, Pablo Press, Rabat, 1974, pp. 52, illus.

In 1974 festivities were held at Rabat, Malta, in remembrance of the occasion when on the 29th November 1924, the cuppola of St Pauls Parish Church crumpled down and luckily enough no one was injured. The activities included an exhibition the catalogue of which is presented by Rev. John Azzopardi, Curator of the Cathedral Museum, Mdina.

The commemorative booklet also includes short articles by Rev. P. Attard, Rev. W. Micallef, OSA, and other personalities. His Hon. Mr. Justice A.J. Montanaro Gauci wrote an article about the building of the Church, and notably about its 17th century cuppola to which a lantern was added in 1919. Can. C. Cefai wrote a biographical article about Rev. Nerik Bonnici, Parish Priest of Rabat, during whose time the unhappy incident of 1924 occurred.

Such commemorative publications always help to instil further interest in local history.

C.G.S.