ANZAC CENTENARY 1915/18  –  2015/18


 Very few know that thousands of wounded Australian and New Zealand soldiers were sent to Malta from Gallipoli during World War 1 to be nursed and to recuperate.  Over 300 of them died and are buried in Malta.

This is the reason why I have written this book, “Malta – the Nurse of the Mediterranean” a publication of over 130 pages of historical WW1 events.

Do you know that last year an ANZAC MEMORIAL was built in Malta to remember all the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who are buried in Malta and to say thank you to all those who took part in that terrible war.  Between 2014 and 2018, Australia and New Zealand commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since our nation’s involvement in the World War 1. The book records historical events of Malta, Australia and New Zealand during World War 1

Included in the book are detailed lists of

  • Over 300 Australian and New Zealand soldiers who are buried in Malta
  • Hospital ships in Malta
  • Military Hospitals in Malta
  • Military cemeteries where ANZACS are buried
  • Nurses and medical staff who assisted ANZACS while recuperating in Malta
  • Maltese servicemen who lost their lives during World War 1
  • Inauguration of the ANZAC monument in Malta
  • And much more.

The book is bound in hardcover and it contains many black and white and coloured photos, some of them of historical value, statistics and maps. If you want to obtain a copy please contact Frank Scicluna     Email: honconsul@live.com.au  or at the above address.




Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs

I wish to congratulate Frank Scicluna for embarking on the authorship of a book titled ‘Malta — The Nurse of the Mediterranean’.  Between 2014 and 2018, Australia commemorates the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since our nation‘s involvement in the World War l. The ANZAC tradition encompasses the ideals of courage, endurance and mateship remains relevant for all of us today. Thank you for making an outstanding effort to illustrate the relationship between the Maltese and the ANZACs during World War 1 will provide important historical perspectives for both Maltese and Australians.

As you have outlined, more people should be given the opportunity to learn about the wounded soldiers who sought medical assistance in Malta after the horrific incidence at Gallipoli, and be made aware that an ANZAC Memorial was built in Malta last year to remember all the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice and were buried in Malta. This book of remembrance will add another dimension of the ANZAC history in commemorating the soldiers of World War I.

Through Mr. Scicluna’s leadership role within the Maltese community, I have personally witnessed his commitment and dedication to the Maltese community in South Australia. I thank you for your wonderful work and your continuous passion to share your extensive research and knowledge through your publication. It is indeed a noble undertaking. I write to express my support and would like to forward a humble contribution towards the printing of your insightful publication.




Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

 This book commemorates the invaluable and lasting friendship between the people of Australia, New Zealand and Malta formed during the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. Many Maltese people provided invaluable support to the Allied war efforts during the Gallipoli campaign. Thousands of wounded and ill Australians evacuated from Gallipoli were tended to on Malta during 1915.

For these men, Malta was a peaceful sanctuary after the bloodshed and horror of Gallipoli. Sadly, some 300 Australian and New Zealanders succumbed to their injuries after reaching Malta and lie buried on the island.

Since the end of the First World War, the Maltese people have been good friends to the people of Australia. Many thousands of Maltese people live in Australia and have brought with them their rich culture to share with all Australians.  I commend the efforts of Frank Scicluna, the Consul of Malta and all those involved in this book – it is a lasting tribute to our shared wartime history, the stories of those who served and the close relationship of our countries, which continues today.



ANZAC CENTENARY       1914 -1918        


We remember the sacrifice, contribution and courage of all those who were involved in the First World War and ANZAC

Between 2014 and 2018, Australia and New Zealand commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since the nations’ involvement in the First World War.

The First World War was one of the most significant events of the 20th Century, claiming the lives of more than 16 million people across the globe.

Even now, almost 100 year on, we are all connected to the Anzac Centenary (2014 – 2018) through our own family history, the heritage of our local communities or the lasting impact it left on generations of Australians and New Zealanders.

From the Declaration of War, to the various bloody battles and surrenders, and finally to the armistice and the global impact left in its wake, every detail has been recorded in hundreds, if not thousands, of books.

During the Anzac Centenary, we remember not only the original Anzacs who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, but commemorate more than a century of service by Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women.

This publication, Malta, the Nurse of the Mediterranean, is a compelling account of Malta’s involvement in World War I.

Even the little island of Malta, just in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, played an important part during the First World War so much so that it earned the title of The Nurse of the Mediterranean.


MALTAPOST –  Stamps commemorating WW1

100thMaltaPost is to issue a set of 3 stamps depicting military hospitals that were instrumental in saving the lives of tens of thousands of sick and wounded that were brought to and cared for in Malta during World War I.During that war a total of 27 hospitals and camps were set-up across Malta and Gozo so as to accommodate thousands of wounded Allied servicemen.

The first group of 600 casualties arrived from Gallipoli on 4th of May 1915. Initially, numerous wounded men were disembarked on the quayside by Valletta’s ancient Sacra Infermeria hospital. They were then moved on to other hospitals around the Island.

This activity earned Malta the title: ‘Nurse of the Mediterranean.’

The stamps carry a face value of €0.10 and €0.59 and €2.00 and portray the images of Bighi Hospital, Floriana Hospital and HMHS Rewa respectively. The stamps have been designed by Paul Psaila and are issued in sheets of 10 stamps.

Each stamp measures 44mm x 31mm with a perforation of 13.9 x 14.0 (comb.), while the sheets measures 119mm x 186mm. The Malta stamps bear the Maltese Crosses watermark. Printex Limited produced the set in offset and the issue consists of 240,000 of the €0.10 stamp, 300,000 of the €0.59 and 72,000 of the €2.00.

This Philatelic Issue are available for sale on the 7th of November 2014 from all Post Offices in Malta and Gozo: online at www.maltaphilately.com or by mail from the Philatelic Bureau, MaltaPost p.l.c. 305, Qormi Road, Marsa, MTP 1001; Telephone: 2596 1740, email: info@maltaphilately.com.

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