Trevor Zahra in a public interview about his father Walter

Wirt iż-Żejtun this morning commemorated the first anniversary since the approval of its statute through an activity which took the form of a public interview with Trevor Zahra about his father Walter.  This activity was held at the Nazju Falzon Youth Centre and was well attended and appreciated by those present.

Walter Zahra was a key contributor towards increasing public awareness on the need to protect our cultural and historical heritage, not only in Zejtun but also at a national level.  In fact he was the secretary of Din l-Art Ħelwa for quite a number of years.   As his son stated, Walter “had Zejtun at his heart and his main wish was that of getting the Zejtun people to appreciate better the heritage of their town.”

Walter was a writer, a journalist and also editor of a number of local newspapers.  He was also a trade-unionist  and in fact occupied the role of secretary in the first years of the CMTU.  He was also active in politics and once he contested the general elections as a candidate with Dr Paul Boffa’s Workers Party.

Heritage and architecture were the main themes which were closest to his heart.  He was a close friend of the British researcher and historian, Quentin Hughes.

Walter was very active within the societies at Zejtun, worked within both band clubs and at one time he was also vice-president of the Zejtun Band Club.  He was the founder of the Zejtun Historical Society and an active committee member in Wirt iż-Żejtun during the 1970s.  He worked also within the Zejtun Parish by maintaining the parish archives and was instrumental to organise the parish museum.  In fact he also published a guide to the museum as he did also for the Good Friday procession.  His involvement and great work in our community lead him to the award of Ġieħ iż-Żejtun by the Local Council, few weeks before his death.

All this lead us to commemorate our first anniversary by remembering Walter’s contribution to the heritage of Zejtun.  This thanks to his son Trevor, who accepted to share with us his father’s thoughts, and to others present  who shared the experience they had with Walter at a point in their lives.

During the same activity a video message was projected, this was received from Nicholas Cutajar who was the PRO of Wirt iż-Żejtun in the 1970s and currently lives in Australia.  This message and the full interview held today will be published on our website in the coming days.

4 responses to “Trevor Zahra in a public interview about his father Walter

  1. Proset tassew ta’ xoghol sabih u informative min fuq din il websajt !!
    Jien kburin li jien Zejtuni allvolja nghix hawn Sydney ghall dawn l-ahhar 47 sena, imma xorta qalbi ghadha fir-rahal tiegi z-Zejtun. Jiena ma hija Laurie kelna krupp The Mifsud Brothers u dejjem konna niftahru li konna miz-Zejtun. Bhall issa qed naghmel xoghol ta DJ/Singer go klabbijiet Maltin fejna kulhadd jaf li ghadni imkabbar li jien Zejtuni.
    Anke ghandi Radju fuq l-internett li inxandar 4 programmi fil gimgha bl’udjenza ta’ madwar il klobu.
    Il habib Jesmond Cutajar gharrafni b’din il websajt taghkom u bil hsieb li naghmel hilti biex inkabbar dan il websajt Wirt Iz=Zejtun . Fil wesajt tieghi ghadni ritratti dwari meta kont nghix iz-Zejtun. Missier il mara tieghi Mro Carmelo Baldacchino ( Ajja ikompli jaghti ghomor (95) ) li kien Surmast Direttur tal Banda Beland u issa qed jghix hawn maghna f’Sydney, ukoll ihobb ir-rahal Zejtun fejn inqaghtu hin twil jitkellem fuq il passat ta’ hajja tieghu. Proset ghall darb’ohra u nispera li inkomplu dan il kuntatt.
    Inselli dejjem u Viva iz-Zwieten

  2. Grazzi tal-kummenti sbieh Sam. Napprezzaw hafna jekk tibghatilna l-indirizz tal-website tieghek biex inkunu nistghu inziduha mal-links li ghandna. Nittolbuk twassal it-tislijiet taghna lil Mro Baldacchino.

  3. Grazzi tal risposta….dan huwa il websajt tieghi, fejn nispera li anke jkollkhom hin tismghu xi program li jien inxandarmin fuq l-internett!!!!

    U illum stess inwassal it-tislijiet min ghandek ghall Mro Carmelo Baldacchino…infatti din il gimgha se nohorgu DVD ,muzika ta Mro Carmelo Baldacchino b’isem “Mother Of Sorrows.” kantata min hija Lawrence Mifsud.

  4. Anke ghandi pagna fuq il Facebook…………hemm il DVD li ghadni kemm tkiebt fuqu hawn fuq.
    Fittex Sam Mifsud fuq il ‘Facbook’
    Ghall darb’ohra ..inselli dejjem.

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