New Caledonia (French: Nouvelle-Calédonie) is a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 1,210 km (750 mi) east of Australia and 16,136 km (10,026 mi) east of Metropolitan France. The archipelago, part of the Melanesia subregion, includes the main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Chesterfield Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of Pines, and a few remote islets. The Chesterfield Islands are in the Coral Sea. Locals refer to Grande Terre as Le Caillou ("the pebble").
New Caledonia has a land area of 18,576 km2 (7,172 sq mi). Its population of 268,767 (Aug. 2014 census) consists of a mix of Kanak people (the original inhabitants of New Caledonia), people of European descent (Caldoches and Metropolitan French), Polynesian people (mostly Wallisians), and Southeast Asian people, as well as a few people of Pied-Noir and Maghreban descent. The capital of the territory is Nouméa.
These are my first registered airmail covers from New Caledonia, sent from Philatelic bureau. Most of the Registered covers from New Caledonia come with Acknowledgement Receipt. They use special postmark on all philatelic covers for postmarking. Thank You Holger for the nice stamps.
These beautiful covers from New Caledonia came back from the philatelic bureau with perfect special postmark for philatelists. The covers posted on January 29, 2016 and I received on February 19,2016. Thank You Holger for the beautiful stamps.