Medical Officers
Of the Malta Garrison – 1842

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Malta Garrison – 1842

Malta Garrison

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
  • Apothecaries: 49
  • Phlebotomists: 9
  • Midwives: 49

10 Nov Baptism of Catherine Hannah Major, born on 29 Sep 1842, daughter of Assistant Commissary General Francis William Amiable Carpenter Major and Catherine.

21 Apr Baptism of Alexandrina Adelaide Terry, born on 22 Oct 1841, daughter of Lt Col Robert Terry Town Adjutant of Malta and Eliza Therould.

15 Dec Private baptism of Alfred Terry, born on 3 Dec 1842, son of Lt Col Robert Terry and Eliza Therould by the Rev John Thomas Howe Le Mesurier.

Naval Bakery

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.

Army Deserters

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.



  • Hart H. G., The New Annual Army List. 27 December 1841.
  • TNA:WO 17/2418, Returns of the General and Staff officers of the hospitals attached to the forces in Malta 1 January-31 December 1841.
  • TNA:WO 25/3944, Confidential Reports on Medical Officers (30 August 1860 – 6 June 1861).
  • TNA:CO 158/123, Malta Colonial Correspondence, Malta Census 21 March 1842.
  • The Blue Book of Statistics 24 March 1843. Distribution of the garrison for 1842.
  • The Malta Times Supplement 1842, (Published 31 December 1842).