Joe Bugeja was born in Floriana in 1930, the eldest of a working class family of ten children who experienced the relative poverty of those times. His early education followed the normal paths available in those days of British rule in Malta. He attended the course of Primary School education in Floriana.
Competitive examinations earned him a scholarship and admittance into the Lyceum. In 1947 aged seventeen, he attended the newly opened St Michael’s Teachers Training College at Ta’ Ġiorni in St. Julians. In 1960, he embarked on an academic career: He earned a B.A. (Hons.) in 1964 and a M.A. in 1966, both in English Literature. In 1973, he also read sociology and political science obtaining M. Litt, a post graduate degree from Oxford University in England. His teaching career spanned forty eight years in Qormi and Floriana primary Schools, the Lyceum, the Junior College, the College of Arts, Science and Technology and the Royal University of Malta.
He also dedicated his young days to sports activities. He was a playing member on the books of Floriana Football Club. He also played Cricket. Hockey, Badminton and Tennis. He is now a member of the Royal Malta Golf Club. He also sits on the Committee of the Ramblers Association of Malta and other Cultural Associations. In his retirmenet, he dedicated times to historical research and writing. Joe bugeja is married to Candida Camilleri and have two sons and five grandchildren.