Notes from our Archive
Here are some extracts from the Gibraltar Directory of events that occurred on 17th May in different years of the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries:
17th May, 1781 - The Jews' Synagogue and other buildings were shelled and burnt down [Note - this was during the Great Siege).
17th May, 1881 - A meeting of Roman Catholics was held at the Theatre Royal to protest against the appointment of Rev. Gonzalo Canilla as Vicar-Apostolic of Gibraltar.
17th May, 1898 - A robbery was committed early this morning in the shop of Messrs. S. D. Garzon, Waterport Street. The thieves, it seems, effected an entrance by making a hole through the wall of the house from the premises on which the Cecil Hotel was being built, and carried away $800.
17th May, 1900 - The news of the relief of Mafeking was received with great rejoicing [Note - this was during the Boer War].
17th May, 1900 - A Hebrew Asylum for the ages and needy of both sexes was established in the South.
Image: Ruins of Gibraltar after the Great Siege. 1793. Watercolour by Captain Thomas Davis
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