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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Convict Prison Ruins, Ile des Pins, New Caledonia

New Caledonia was established as a penal colony in 1863.   
Seventy-five convoys brought convicts of various categories to New Caledonia between 1864 and 1897.  Overall, 29,603 men and 1,012 women in all legal categories arrived in New Caledonia.  Between 1867 and 1887, all hard-labour metropolitan French prisoners were sent to New Caledonia only.

Seeing the ruins really brought home the harsh realities of those times.

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