Fort Teremba: a former prison in New Caledonia

Entering Fort Teremba means plunging directly into the colonial past of New Caledonia. Built in Moindou in 1871, this historic monument has witnessed each stage of the Kanak prison and revolts. The visit to this restored site with its guillotine, its prison and His museum is therefore emotionally charged. Even more so during his famous show  Sound and light  !

The history of Fort Teremba

Teremba was created in 1871, at the top of a plateau overlooking the sea. For its founder, Governor Gaultier de la Richery, this establishment was destined to become the penitentiary and administrative center of the vast territory of Uaraï, which extends over La Foa-Farino-Moindou.The growing need for land to install the most deserving prisoners there was at the origin, in June 1878, of the outbreak of the Kanak insurrection led by Chief Ataï. Among other things, it will result in the construction of the military fort that we can see today. From 1890 the establishment entered a phase of decline, until it was sold at auction in 1919.

Fort Teremba today

It was in 1984 that theMarguerite Association decides to save this important place in New Caledonian history from oblivion. In 1989, it was bought by the town of Moindou and classified as a Historic Monument by the South Province. Today the site, which extends over 11 hectares, is the subject of an ambitious rehabilitation program, led by the communities. The Teremba Interpretation Center is also a place of reception for students of Heritage classes who are discovering, here, an important page in the country's history. Finally, 180 volunteer extras bring this former penitentiary back to life every year, for a Sound and light show unique in the Territory.