The Principality of Hutt River is situated 595 km north of Perth, Western Australia
and is about 75 square km in area, consisting of some 18,500 acres of land.
The Casley’s had been farming for some twenty years when in November 1969 they received a Wheat Quota of 1647 bushels for their 18,500 acre property.
Under this new quota it would have taken five hundred years to crop the same average amount of wheat that had been harvested in the previous twenty years.
Leonard George Casley fought against this with a rare moment in history where the Governor stepped into the wheat quota debate. This allowed Leonard to deal directly with the Monarchy over the Australian Government.
On April 21,1970 he founded the Hutt River Province, when he proclaimed secession from the state of Western Australia.
To this day the Australian Government have not publically recognised the Hutt River Province, however Prince Leonard has an official internal letter leaked from an Australian Government official stating they do recognise the country internally.
It’s a very interesting story and the Prince and his Principality has been interviewed by lots of media throughout the world including a documentary made by some Japanese filmmakers.
HRH Prince Leonard has also received many gifts from all over the world including a huge rock sculpture placed at the entrance to Nain, the Principality’s capital.
There are also many geographical maps (outside of Australia) that place the Hutt River Province on the world map and just recently in Hong Kong, the official registry of companies is listed as a foreign place of incorporation by the Hong Kong Companies Registry.
These days The Province is a tourist attraction drawing in people from all over the world to listen to the Prince and Princess share their unique story.
Whether you agree or disagree that there is a country inside of Australia, it’s certainly an intriguing story and one that will continue to draw attention from all over the world.