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Hutt River Principality

The Principality of Hutt River was established on 21st April 1970 when land owner, Leonard Casley, seceded his 18,500 acre farming property from the Commonwealth of Australia following disagreements with government over agricultural quotas and land resumption threats. The townsite is now called Nain. Road access is via some unsealed but well kept roads. Travel north from Northampton and turn left at Ogilvie Road West thence on about 30 kms


 
 
   
 
 

Hutt River - Entrance Gate

This is the entrance to the Hutt River Province town of Nain. It is on the Ogilvie Road West, very close to the corner of Box Road. December 2015. Photos Ref: HUTT001

 

Hutt River - Welcome Pavilion

The Hutt River welcome pavilion. At the front is a bust of Prince Leonard. Inside are a couple of curious sculptures. The walls are lined with various facts and figures. December 2015. Photos Ref: HUTT002

 

Hutt River - Government Offices

Next to the church are the Government Offices which includes the Post Office. December 2015. Photos Ref: HUTT003

 

Hutt River - Government Offices

Inside the Government Offices. The counter is lined with postage stamps, coins and bank notes. Here you can purchase your visitor visa for $4.00. There is much memorabilia on the walls and artefacts in cabinets. December 2015. Photos Ref: HUTT004

 

Hutt River - Souvenir Centre

The front of the souvenir centre just across the yard from the Government Offices. The plaque out the front displays the secession date. December 2015. Photos Ref: HUTT005

 

Hutt River - Souvenir Centre

Inside the souvenir centre. Once again, there is much memorabilia on display. Prince Leonard kindly talked us through the history of several items. Despite his advanced years (86, I recall him saying), he is still very passionate about his beliefs and eloquent of speech. His statehood has been recognised as valid by some other nations of which he has supporting photos and documents. He also has a few supportive correspondences from a former Governor and a government minister. December 2015. Photos Ref: HUTT006

 

Hutt River - Church

The local church which does not appear to be named and the denomination is unclear although it is certainly Christian. December 2015. Photos Ref: HUTT007

 

Hutt River - Church

Inside the church the walls are adorned by quite a number of spectacular paintings. Some are religious in nature, some depict scenery. It is all rather well done. Inside the church are the "thrones" of the heads of the principality, on either side of the pulpit. December 2015. Photos Ref: HUTT008

 

Hutt River - Flag

The flag of Hutt River flies above the souvenir centre. December 2015. Photos Ref: HUTT009

 

Hutt River - Spirit World

Prince Leonard and his late wife Shirley explored spirituality. Prince Leonard was and still is something of a mathematical genius. They have sought to combine both disciplines in here. December 2015. Photos Ref: HUTT010

 

Hutt River - Spirit World

Animals with their spirit numbers line the shrine. In the foreground is an obelisk inset with stones. Guarding the gate are a couple of statues of Chinese warriors. Quite a mix. December 2015. Photos Ref: HUTT011


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