The average strength of the garrison was 3,172 men. Its effective strength was reduced by one battalion.
In 1842, the Long Wards of the General hospital was vacated by the lessee and handed over to the Ordnance.
The census of the population of Malta and Gozo in 21 Mar 1842, revealed a population of 114,499 (excluding the garrison). It consisted of:
Malta 48,359 males and 51,798 females Total 100,157
Gozo 6,809 males and 7,533 females Total 14,342
Physicians and Surgeons: 129
Catherine Hannah Major, born on 29 Sep 1842, daughter of Assistant Commissary General Francis William Amiable Carpenter Major and his wife Catherine was baptised on 10 November.
Alexandrina Adelaide Terry, born on 22 Oct 1841, daughter of Lt Col Robert Terry and his wife Eliza Therould was baptised on 21 April 1842. Her sponsors by proxy were Capt J A Henderson Rifle Bde, Mrs C Gibson and Mrs R Terry.
Alfred Terry, born on 3 Dec 1842, son of Lt Col Robert Terry and his wife Eliza Therould was privately baptised on 15 December 1842 by Chaplain John Cleugh.
On 28 Sep 1842, it was proposed to convert the officers' quarters at Isola Marina into a new bakery for the Naval Department. The Old Bakery in Valletta was to be returned to the civil authorities.
Marking of deserters under the Mutiny Act, Horse Guards 5 May 1842:
The punishment of marking for desertion is inflicted in the infantry by the Drum Major, who is instructed by the medical officer attached to the regiment, as to how to apply the instrument properly and effectively, as well as to the substances used, whether ink or gunpowder, with which the mark is to be coloured.
The punishment is to be inflicted with the instruments only under the superintendence of a medical officer.
Board of Health
The Board of Health was made up of: President: HE The Governor, The Hon Sir Hector Greig, Baron Pasquale Sciberras Trigona CMG, Emanuele Bonavia Esq, Dr Gavino Patrizio Portelli, Giovanni Battista Schembri, Professor of Anatomy at the University: Dr Galland, Professor of Midwifery at the University: Dr Saverio Arpa, Professor of Medicine at the University: Dr C G Schinas, Military Department: AIH Mahony Montagu Martin, Apothecary J Wooley Simpson Esq.