Joint British and French administration of the group was an inevitable consequence
of the mixed settlement of the islands during the mid 19th century. It took shape
first by way of a Joint Naval Commission from 1886 and then by the establishment
of the Condominium government twenty-two years later, in 1908.
The first Condominium Post Office building Vila (Treadwell coll.)
Post Office in 1974, photo by Jacques Merot (†)
Starting with the mid 19th century missionary period, through the 1893 Military Franchise essays,
the Australasian New Hebrides Company and the Syndicat Français locals around the
turn of the century, the New South Wales and New Caledonia Postal Agencies, the first provisional
issues of the new Condominium Post Office in 1908.
I visited Vanuatu in 2003 and 2006 accompanied by my friend Martin Treadwell, Auckland.
Vanuatu Post can be visited on the internet : Vanuatu Post
Vanuatu Post Office building Vila 2003