Anglo-French Joint Naval Commission

The Anglo-French Joint Naval Commission was in charge of the territory of the New Hebrides in the period 1887–1889 and again in 1890–1906. It was briefly suspended by the constitution of the unrecognized independent state of Franceville.

Anglo-French Joint Naval Commission
  • 1887–1889
  • 1890–1906
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Location of the New Hebrides, today's Vanuatu.
Location of the New Hebrides, today's Vanuatu.
  • Anglo-French Joint Naval Commission (1887–1889)
  • Franceville, New Hebrides (1889–1890)
  • Anglo-French Joint Naval Commission (1890–1906)
CapitalNot specified
Historical era
• Established
16 October 1887
• Disestablished
20 October 1906
Preceded by
Succeeded by
History of Vanuatu
Franceville, New Hebrides
New Hebrides


During the 19th century, many Australian, British, French, and German settlers settled in the territory of the New Hebrides.[1]

In 1878 the United Kingdom and France declared all of the New Hebrides to be neutral territory.[2]

The New Hebrides became a neutral territory under the loose jurisdiction of the Commission, established by a Convention on 16 October 1887, for the sole purpose of protecting French and British citizens, but claimed no jurisdiction over internal native affairs.


  1. ^ Tufala Gavman: Reminiscences from the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides, Suva 2002, p. 422.
  2. ^ "Arrangement between Great Britain and France, respecting the Independence of the New Hebrides Group" (PDF). Jan–Feb 1878. Retrieved 2010-01-22.