• Short Summary

    NOUMEA - A CORNER OF FRANCE IN THE PACIFIC - AND CAPITAL OF NEW CALEDONIA.FRANCE?

  • Description

    NOUMEA - A CORNER OF FRANCE IN THE PACIFIC - AND CAPITAL OF NEW CALEDONIA.FRANCE TOOK POSSESSION IN 1853, STIMULATED PARTICULARLY BY THE DEVELOPMENT OF AUSTRALIA AND BY THE DESIRE TO HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE CONVICT SETTLEMENT TO GUINEA.A YEAR LATER, THE FIRST CONVICT BATCHES ARRIVED AND FOR THIRTY YEARS, WHEN TRANSPORTATION BEGAN TO BE REDUCED, THE MAJORITY OF THE EUROPEAN POPULATION WAS COMPOSED OF THEM.MORE EUROPEANS WERE ATTRACTED BY COLONISATION SCHEMES.EVEN SO THERE WAS A SCARCITY OF LABOUR WHICH LED TO THE IMPORTATION OF ORIENTALS.TODAY THE POPULATION IS OVER 78,000 BUT ONLY SOME 24,000 ARE FRENCH.

    OCEAN TRAFFIC IS ON THE INCREASE AND THE PORT IS BEING EXTENDED.REGULAR CALLERS AT NOUMEA ARE SHIPS OF THE COMPAGNIE DES MESSAGERIES MARITIMES.A TYPICAL CARGO - DEMIJOHNS OF WINE FROM FRANCE...NEW CALEDONIA FOLLOWS THE CUSTOM OF WINE WITH MEALS.OVER HALF THE IMPORTS COME FROM AND OVER THREE QUARTERS OF EXPORTS GO TO FRANCE AND THE FRENCH UNION.

    A GREAT DEAL OF NEW CALEDONIA'S PROSPERITY IS DUE TO THE WORK OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC COMMISSION WHICH GIVES ADVICE AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN HEALTH MATTERS, SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION, FARMING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

    ALL THE ELECTRIC POWER FOR THE MAIN ISLAND AND NOUMEA IS SUPPLIED BY THE YATE HYDRO-ELECTRIC PLANT.(THOUGH NEW CALEDONIA LIES ALONG THE LINE OF VOLCANIC DISTURBANCES IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC AND IS NEAR THE NEW HEBRIDES WHERE CONSIDERABLE VOLCANIC ACTIVITY HAS TAKEN PLACE, THERE IS NO ACTIVE VOLCANO ON THE ISLAND AND NO TRACE OF LAVA OR ASH HAS BEEN FOUND.)
    THE MINERAL WEALTH OF THE ISLAND IS GREAT AND VARIED.THE AMOUNT OF NICKEL ORE IS LARGE - THE ISLAND IS THE PRODUCER OF THE THIRD RANK IN THE WORLD, THOUGH IT DOES NOT SUPPLY A HIGH PROPORTION OF THE WORLD'S OUTPUT, CANADA BEING THE MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR.

    APART FROM ITS SEA ROUTES, NEW CALEDONIA IS LINKED BY AIR TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD BY QANTAS AND TAI JETS.THE MAIN AIRPORT IS AT TONTOUTA 53 KMS (33 MILES) FROM THE CAPITAL.

    NEW CALEDONIA ADMINISTERED BY A FRENCH GOVERNOR ASSISTED BY A GOVERNMENT COUNCIL, HAS A VOICE IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND ANOTHER IN THE SENATE IN PARIS, WITH ONE DEPUTY FOR EACH.THE GOVERNOR IS ALSO HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR THE TERRITORIES IN THE AREA, RECENTLY VISITED HERE BY THE MINISTER FOR OVERSEAS AFFAIRS, M.JACQUINOT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA31P4U0LFX79SQ2YORIDXD6WF5
    Media URN:
    VLVA31P4U0LFX79SQ2YORIDXD6WF5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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