Maltese Historical Association of Australia Inc.

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Postal address: c/- 59 Binnak Drive Watsonia, Victoria 3087
Website: N/A
Date Club founded: 1987

Association Objectives

The purposes for which the Association was formed are as follows:

  • To promote interest in and the study of the history of Malta and of the culture of the Maltese people;
  • To encourage and support research in Maltese history and in the history of Maltese settlement in the Commonwealth of Australia and in other countries;
  • To develop and maintain contacts with similar organisations; and
  • To organise Educational, Cultural, and Social Activities which exclude activities of a gambling nature.

In pursuing the attainment of these objectives, the Association organises and conducts regular meetings, lectures, study groups, and other activities for members and makes, keeps and preserves records and/or materials relevant to the activities of the Association.

Association History

The Maltese Historical Association has now been going strong for more than twenty-five years. It was founded in 1987 following a meeting attended by a number of local enthusiasts, some of whom remain active members of the Association.
The first official public lecture, titled The Numismatic History of Malta, took place on 12th January 1987. It was delivered by a visiting Maltese academic, Mr Joseph Sammut, who happened to be in Melbourne at the time. Since then, speakers have been many and varied, including authors, academics and politicians, both local and Maltese, and people from all walks of life, the most prominent perhaps being Sir James Gobbo, former Governor of Victoria.
Talks have also frequently been given by the association’s own members, the most prolific being Mr Joseph Borg, the Association’s founding secretary, and Professor Maurice Cauchi. Topics have been just as varied. In 2005, to take one example, these ranged from A Pictorial Journey through Gozo, to The French in Malta (1798-1800), The History of Education in Malta, and The Story of Maltese Women Migrants in Australia.
The MHA’s other activities have included book-launches, exhibitions, forums, slide-shows, trivia nights and excursions to places of historical interest in Melbourne.

Committee Members

President Robert Blythe
Vice President Julie Sultana
Treasurer Mario Bonnici
Secretary Charles Gatt
Assistant Secretary Jay de Graff
Committee Member Joseph Borg
Committee Member Charles Portelli
Committee Member George Portelli


Anyone interested in Maltese history and culture may apply to become a member by completing an application form (that can be downloaded from which requires committee approval. The membership rates are $15.00 for singles and $20.00 for couples.
For more information about membership and association events, contact the Secretary by email to [email protected].


The Association issues a monthly newsletter. Members’ subscription to the newsletter is included in the membership fee. A complimentary copy of the newsletter is also emailed to MCCV on a regular basis.