The Hutt River Province by Miriam Shilling

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I visited another counrty the other week. When i arrived I met the head of state, Prince Leonard. This photo shows a carved bust of his head in his country which is called the Hutt River Province. This country is only about 60kms from where I live in Kalbarri, mid west Western Australia.

In the 1970’s the land was a wheat farm. The farmers got sick of the government restricting how much wheat they could sell so they found a loophole in the law and declared their property a new country. The owner now calls himself Prince Leonard. Very interesting man!
Check out their website here to find out more.


  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadover 6 years ago

    This is very odd, : )

  • you can say that again! Prince Leonard is very serious about his country, and legally its an independent state. It has its own stamps and money and he will even give you a visa for visiting. There’s some eccentric people out there.

    – Miriam Shilling

  • Libbybennell
    Libbybennellover 6 years ago

    Hey Miriam I heard about this bloke I didn’t know he lived so close to Kalbarri.. Very interesting. I hope your better.

  • Thanks Libby, You should go down for a visit.
    I’m feeling much better now.

    – Miriam Shilling

  • IrishPics
    IrishPicsover 6 years ago

    Miriam this is fabulous..

  • LostGod
    LostGodover 6 years ago

    this is in WA?

  • yes, I read about it years ago in a national geographic and then we moved here and discovered this place was near by. I think its brilliant! The actual place is just a farm with a few buildings, but Prince Leonard is a deadly serious man about his country.

    – Miriam Shilling

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 6 years ago

    Prince Leonard with an electric fence? Nice capture, Miriam!!!

  • wendy lamb
    wendy lambabout 6 years ago

    very interesting pic. its like there’s a man coming out of the ground or something. I’ve been out there when we got lost once.

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