Independence ended a 74 reign by the British and French and the islands became known as Vanuatu in 1980.

“The land which came up from the sea” or “Our Land”, is made up of about 80 islands. They are situated north of New Caledonia and east of North Queensland, in Australia.

Although 66 islands are populated, the bulk of the people live on 16 main islands. The capital is Port Villa on the island of Efate. Most people are Melanesians.

Named the New Hebrides by Captain Cook in 1774, these are lush green islands with 5 active volcanoes, including one UNDERWATER!

The stamps of Vanuatu and New Hebrides tell the story of the history and life in the islands, the flora and fauna, links to other countries and of the fondness for the Royal Family in England.

Up to 1980 stamps were issued by French and British administrations. 286 British and 299 French stamps make up a complete collection, making this country easy to collect in total.

Efate, Vanuatu