Independence Day, 1980

Michael Robin Ovington was the Australian Consul (Consul d'Australie in French) in Noumea from 1978 to 1980, prior to Vanuatu's independence in 1980. On 31 July 1980 he took up office as the first Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu. Michael Ovington and his wife Lorraine attended the independence celebrations. The photographs are from their personal collection.