Not even sure where to start with this one, we were going to include this in our Kalbarri blog but then both agreed that it was so strange it deserved its own blog post!
This huge stone carving is of Prince Leonard’s head!
Basically this guy named Leonard George Casley owned land in Western Australia between Kalbarri and Northampton and was a wheat farmer. Back in the late 60’s he struggled with the Government over wheat quotas and decided to create his own country within Australia and basically after outsmarting the government he succeeded. He seceded from Australia on 21st April 1970 and the ‘Province of Hutt River’ was born and headed by ‘Prince Leonard’ and his wife ‘Princess Shirley’.
Princess Shirley sadly passed away a few years ago
Prince Leonard gave us permission to sit in his and the princess’ thrones in the chapel!
Are we glad we visited, Yes, it is a fascinating story, although it’s really hard to get your head around it! If you are travelling through the area it’s worth the drive out there, but maybe check out their website first so you have an idea of what’s going on before you get there ….. at least you’ll be one step ahead of us!