Northampton Off The Beaten Path

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    The Tea Rooms

    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2008
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    Out the back of the memorabilia building is the ‘tea rooms’. Certainly not much to look at and I don’t think they were open when I was there but they do provide drinks and light snacks.

    Location: Hutt River Province

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    Stone Pier

    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2008
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    This stone pier has a large piece of yellow ore on the top of it. This came from the mines in the Capricorn Range of W.A. The pier has some 26 minerals encased in it. Some of them are quite rare.

    Location: Hutt River Province

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    The Pyramid

    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2008
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    Feeling a need for energizing? You can take yourself inside the Kings Chamber of the ‘Pyramid of Hutt’. This is a 5.3m timber framed pyramid which was commissioned by Prince Leonard in 2006. It was built by the specialists in the area of Pyramids and Pyramid Energy. Inside is the healing table. I can tell you though, in a 38C degree day, you don’t stay in there very long.

    Location: Hutt River Province

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    Take A Seat

    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2008
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    The chapel was designed by Prince Leonard and it has been used for investitures. The Prince also bestows knighthoods and titles. You can take the chance to sit on the royal thrones and pretend you are either Prince Leonard or Princess Shirley.

    Location: Hutt River Province

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    The Chapel of Nain

    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2008
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    The small chapel was built by some of Prince Leonard’s sons and their carpenter friends.
    It is a inter-denominational chapel. The religious paintings such as the last supper were painted by Frank Pash and actually depict the faces of those that built the chapel. Nice touch.

    Location: Hutt River Province

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    Recognised Internationally

    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2008
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    There are also many gifts that the principality has received from other Heads of State around the world. Also in the Memorabilia building are some collectables, gifts and postcards as well as some cold drinks which were much needed on a 40C day.

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    The Memorabilia Room

    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2008

    The principality has established its own historical society. Many records and occasions have been saved and are on display in this room. The Principality has some 300 works of art in their Royal Collection although not all are available for viewing.

    Location: Hutt River Province

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    Currency and Stamps

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    You can purchase some of their stamps sets and the various boxed commemorative coins that they have. They have their own currency. During the early years of their postal service, some Australian postmasters used to refuse to deal with the mail that came from the principality and forced the mail to be redirected going via Canada.

    Location: Hutt River Province

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    The Administration Building

    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2008

    This small building is actually the Government Office as well as the Post Office. Take along your passport and get it stamped with an entry and exit stamp. The Prince will also show you some amazing things in your passport that you most likely have never seen before. You can also purchase a temporary visa for visiting and an international drivers license. If you are really interested, you can even obtain a citizenship and passport of the principality – at a price.

    Location: Hutt River Province

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    Prince Leonard’s Bust

    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2008
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    As you drive in you are confronted with a huge limestone bust of Prince Leonard. The bust was carved by Le Buse, an American born in Hawaii. He spent a week in the principality and carved the bust using an axe.

    Location: Hutt River Province

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    Well Informed

    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2008

    Prince Leonard may be 80 years old but he is as sprightly and alert as someone half his age. While you might arrive thinking this is all a bit of a novelty and a giggle, you will soon change your mind when you hear all the Prince has to tell you. There is no doubt that the man is indeed very intelligent and well informed on political matters.

    Location: Hutt River Province

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    The Township of Nain

    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2008
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    The Hutt River Province was never a British Proclaimed Territory. It seems that Captain Stirling never proclaimed Western Australia as British Territory. He only proclaimed the Swan Settlement in WA.

    When you arrive at the town site known as Nain, Prince Leonard will come to greet you personally. If he is not available, then another member of the royal family to fill in for him. Instantly you will be drawn into the history of the principality and also various significant items given to him in recognition from other countries.

    Location: Hutt River Province

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    A New Sovereign State

    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2008

    Thus became the Independent Sovereign State of the Hutt River. Leonard declared himself as His Royal Highness Prince Leonard I, and his wife Shirley as Her Royal Highness Princess Shirley. They have their own flag and government which is internationally recognized. They pay no taxes to Australia or any other country. They are still not formally recognized by the Australian Government.

    Open 10.00am – 4.00pm.

    Location: Hutt River Province

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    No Appeals

    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2008

    When Leonard read the Act, he found there was a clause which stated ‘No appeals would be allowed’ plus ‘No compensation would be allowed’. Totally stunned, he lodged 3 protests. One with the Governor of Western Australia, one with the Premier of Western Australia and one with the Wheat Quota Board. Two of them never replied. The Governor, by his actions, made the Queen liable.

    Leonard then lodged what was deemed to be the largest claim that the Crown in W.A. had ever come across – all under the ‘Law of Tort’. The claim was around %52,000,000 (plus interest). This had little impact but to put everyone in a tail spin. To cut a longer story short, there were two options. Sue Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in her courts (as head of state) or exercise the International Law Entitlements to form a Self Preservation Government by seceding from the Commonwealth of Australia. After due consideration the latter was taken on the 21st of April 1970.

    Location: Hutt River Province

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    Hutt River Province

    by keeweechic Written Jan 25, 2008
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    The Hutt River Province is just north of Northampton and around 595kms north of Perth covering around 18,500 acres. This small principality was only established in 1970 and has a very unique story. The owners of the property, Leonard and Shirley Casley and their seven children, had been wheat farmers for 20 years. Each year they had produced anything from 6,000 to 13,000 acres of wheat. In 1969 the Australian government announced they were cutting the wheat quotas to what was equivalent to 100 acres. The Casleys already had thousands of acres of wheat. Leonard went to Perth to investigate the ‘Wheat Quota Act’ with a view to making a legal protest and getting the quota put right.

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