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by Harry F (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. I enjoy gardening and films. I have appeared in several local short films.
Published April 13th 2013
A self proclaimed micronation in Australia
This month marks the 43rd anniversary of the Hutt River Province, a breakaway country from Western Australia.

On the 21st April, 1970, a wheat farmer on a property near Northampton declared his independence from Australia and Western Australia.

His dispute was over wheat production quotas that the WA Government had declared on wheat farmers, just when the harvest was due to begin.

This meant that Leonard Casley would not be allowed to sell over 90% of his crop that year. He felt the quotas were immoral and fought his way through the legal courts.

As a last resort, he declared his farming property, of 18000 acres, a principality and a sovereign state and self proclaimed himself Prince Len and his wife Princess Shirley. The legal battles continued for many years with the Australian Government still not officially recognising his micronation.

Since 1970, he has not planted any grain but has produced his own postage stamps and coins which are collected by buyers from around the world.

You can purchase your own Hutt River passport while visiting his souvenir shop and have your photo taken with the Royal family.

He has a international chapel with beautiful paintings by Frank Nash, an Australian artist.

If you are visiting Kalbarri way, why not take a detour and drop in to say hello to the royal family and don't forget to get your souvenirs.

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Why? To visit a Royal family from another country
When: Anytime of the year
Where: 500 km north of Perth between Geraldton and Kalbarri
Cost: Free to enter
Your Comment
I have always wanted to visit Hutt-River Province - I wish they had a tour bus to take people to see the Royal family.
God bless them.
by jenny (score: 0|4) 2663 days ago
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