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Three Anzacs from Malta
A true story of friendship, love, and loss
by Gioconda S Schembri
About 53 Maltese joined their Australian and New Zealand
mates to fight for ‘King and Country’ in the First World War.
Malta also provided 2,000 labourers who worked side by side
with the Anzacs at Gallipoli. Malta itself welcomed thou-
sands of wounded Anzacs, such that the island nation came
to be known as ‘the Nurse of the Mediterranean’. Almost
300 Anzacs are buried in Malta and they are commemorated
every year on Anzac day.
Three Anzacs from Malta tells the story of three Maltese men –
Charles Bonavia, Waldemar Beck and Anthony Xuereb – and
follows their journey from Malta to Australia, the trenches
of Gallipoli, and the fields of France and Flanders.
Available as a hard copy and an e-book for Kindle at Amazon
(http://a.co/3Z1lmhZ) and as an e-book for tablet on Smash-
Boots, Berets and Bloody Uniforms
by Maria Augustus-Dunn
Married Quarter – Boots, Berets and Bloody Uniforms provides a
first-hand look at what life is like for spouses of soldiers. The
story unfolds over 21 years through deployments, promo-
tions, postings overseas and within Australia, illness, long
service leave, and ultimately retirement.
Married Quarter is dedicated to the thousands of unsung
heroes and heroines – the military spouses of Australia. Part
of the proceeds of the book will be donated to Legacy.
Available from Big Sky Publishing (www.bigskypublishing.
com.au) for $29.99.
If you would like your book featured in off the shelf, send us a
summary of the book (maximum 150 words). There is no need to
send a copy of the book or an extract. Photos and book covers will
not be featured. We can only publish a few of the notices sent to us.
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Keep safe this winter
It is now time to rug up as the weather
gets colder and the nights longer. To
keep you and your loved ones safe
from the risk of fire, sensible precau-
tions should be taken. These include:
inspecting electric blankets for
wear and tear
ensuring that heavy objects are
never left on your bed while the
electric blanket is on
not overloading circuitry with too
many double adaptors or power
getting heaters professionally
installed, if appropriate
keeping curtains, electrical cords,
tea towels and loose clothing clear
of hot plates and gas flames
ensuring that open fires and can-
dles are extinguished before bed
leaving at least a metre between
portable heaters and flammable
According to Fire & Rescue NSW,
almost half of all home fires start in
the kitchen and 43 per cent of all fire
fatalities occur in winter. Their statis-
tics show that people aged 65 years
and over are the highest fire fatality
risk group in the community.
Because you are unable to smell
smoke while asleep, it is vital to have
working smoke alarms in your house,
especially if you keep any form of
heating on overnight.
Consider replacing your old
smoke alarms with newer lithium
battery-powered models. It is also
advisable to change your smoke alarm
batteries at least once a year. You can
use your birthday or a special annual
event to remind yourself to do this,
and mark it on your calendar.
Be sure to have insurance that is cur-
rent and adequate to cover the loss of
your house as well as your contents,
motor vehicles and other assets, and
all personal injury situations. If you
haven’t done so recently, it is worth
reviewing your insurance. The cost of
repairing or rebuilding a home is often
a lot higher than you might expect,
especially when updated building
Visit the DSHI website (www.dsh.
gov.au) to obtain a quote or call DSHI
on 1300 552 662.
Sir John Monash Centre update
An important legacy of the
Anzac Centenary national pro-
gram (2014–18) is to ensure
an improved and broader
understanding of Australia’s
military experience, and carry
forward the Anzac spirit and
In the horror of battle on the
Western Front, a special rela-
tionship was forged between
Australia and France. We do
not need to look further than
towns like Villers-Bretonneux
to find evidence of this endur-
ing friendship and bond.
The Sir John Monash Cen-
tre, currently being built near
Villers-Bretonneux, will be
integral to ensuring that leg-
acy and strengthening that
The centre, named after Gen-
eral Sir John Monash, who
led the Australian Corps with
outstanding success on the
Western Front in 1918, will
remain a lasting tribute to
Monash and his men.
The centre will not be a tra-
ditional museum, of which
there are many on the for-
mer battlefields. Designed by
Sydney-led international firm
Cox Architecture, it is being
built behind the Australian
National Memorial by French
company Bouygues Bâtiment
Grand Ouest. The heart of
the centre will be a cutting-
edge integrated multimedia
experience, developed in con-
sultation with Australia’s
leading historians and inter-
pretive design teams.
The Sir John Monash Cen-
tre is likely to greatly increase
the number of Australian visi-
tors to the battlefields of the
Western Front, and in so doing
not only provide a lasting
international legacy from the
Centenary of Anzac, but also
educate a new audience about
Australia’s early role in inter-
The opening of the Sir John
Monash Centre in April 2018,
marking the centenary of the
historic battle to recapture Vil-
lers-Bretonneux in one of the
greatest victories by Austral-
ians on the Western Front, will
be an important milestone in
of the war that shaped us so
profoundly as a nation.
Artist’s impression of the completed Sir John Monash Centre, Villers-Bretonneux, France.
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