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N234p – Modern History Tour in Nouméa (in English)

New Caledonia

5 Day/4 Night Premium Educational Content tour from Sydney, Melbourne* & Brisbane

The Premium Educational Content classification is for programs specifically designed with a high educational content for Australian schools in conjunction with TETC’s exclusive Education Partners in New Caledonia and Europe.

A live case study on the 2020 Independence Referendum

Captain James Cook was the first European to sight New Caledonia, on 4 September 1774. From then on, the History of the group of islands was shaped by an array of factors including evangelisation, sandal-wood trading, blackbirding, migration, deportations, mining, political uprising, economic growth and geopolitics. New Caledonia has gradually acceded to a very large autonomy from France, and a second referendum on the question of Independence from France is scheduled for 2020. New Caledonia is one of our Pacific neighbours, less than 3 hours flight from Australia.

This English-language program has been designed for students of Modern History, Geography & Human Sciences to workshop and learn while events are happening in Noumea in the debate for Independence.

Our three highly qualified experts will lead discussions on the issues arising in Noumea aligned to the Australian Curriculum’s Unit 2: MOVEMENTS FOR CHANGE IN THE 20TH CENTURY – Recognition & Rights of Indigenous People; Decolonisation; Intercultural Understanding

Units covered: ACHMH047, ACHMH070, ACHMH071, ACHMH072, ACHMH073, ACHMH074, ACHMH075, ACHMH076, ACHMH077, ACHMH078, ACHMH079.

This program includes, workshops, all breakfasts, dinners and all coach transfers in Noumea. Additional excursions to experience the culture of Noumea include:

  • a full day excursion to Amédée Lighthouse Island including buffet lunch, show and activities
  • a visit to Noumea’s morning markets
  • a guided tour of the Tjibaou Cultural Centre
  • tour of Noumea by Tchou Tchou train past historical places such as old colonial homes and the WWII lookout with cannon




  • Use critical and creative thinking skills, developing deeper understanding through a series of workshops by qualified authorities in the local cultures and practices
  • Visiting sites of key historical and cultural experience
  • Provide a deeper understanding of the ideas, movements, people and events that have shaped their nation, throughout history and into the future


  • A Pedagogical program designed for the Australian Curriculum
  • A relevant excursion to inspire and engage students
  • A short program designed to fit into the school holidays


This tour and its speakers are exclusive to TETC
This tour and its speakers are exclusive to TETC

Assemble with your school group at Airport. You will be met on arrival at Noumea Tontouta airport for a coach transfer to your hotel. On your first afternoon you will be given an opportunity to get your bearings with a “Tchou Tchou” train ride around Nouméa.

Your first workshop is on the topic of Decolonisation with Frédéric Angleviel. Frédéric is a fifth generation New-Caledonian and a prolific writer with over 20 books published so far, including one on the New Caledonian Congress jointly with Magulué Paul Fizin, and several specialised publications and contributions… [more]

After a break for lunch you will have your second workshop with Jean-Claude Briault. Jean-Claude (Gaby)’s heritage includes migrants from France, Melanesia, Vietnam and Indonesia. He is a former journalist and the author of several books on the subjects of the New Caledonian history, politics and cultural identity… [more]

Take some time out for your excursion to Amédée Lighthouse Island. A full day trip to one of Nouméa’s best islands. After an early breakfast at your accommodation, you will be transferred by coach to Port Moselle, to board the vessel Mary D at 8:00am for a day of snorkelling, a glass bottom boat tour, coral viewing, lighthouse climbing (depending on maintenance schedule) or just lazing around on the white sandy beach, or swimming in crystal clear waters. An exotic island buffet will be awaiting you at lunch together with an exciting display of island dances and demonstrations.

Have an early breakfast, so you are in time to visit the Noumea Markets. Your coach will take you to the Port Moselle Markets. Walk into the city centre where your coach will collect you for a transfer mid-morning Tjibaou Cultural Centre for a guided tour, before returning you for the afternoon workshop.

In the afternoon your third workshop is with Magulué Paul Fizin on the Recognition & Rights of Indigenous People. Secondary school Teacher and Historian, Magulué Paul holds, amongst other qualifications, a doctorate in History from Université Michel de Montaigne – Bordeaux 3. He is a specialist in 19th Century Evangelisation and the Interactions between Melanesian populations and Europeans… [more]

Early morning coach will transfer to your flight departing about 08:30.

Itinerary subject to change due to flight schedules, local and international holidays and other logistical factors. Price may vary depending on date of departure, currency exchange fluctuation, date of deposit receipt, gender mix, group size, etc… Flights and airport taxes not included (why?)– can be added as an option.

5 days (*Melbourne is 6 days and departs the night before)