On the 1st April in 1970, Leonard Casley kicked the Australian Government off his property at the Hutt River Province. I remember well the sensation it caused in the media at the time.
Located 517 km north of Perth in Western Australia, the Principality of Hutt River covers 75 square kilometres. It issues its own currency, stamps and passports. The self-proclaimed Head of this micronation was HRH Prince Leonard until February 2017. Aged 91, having ruled as Head of State for 45 years, he abdicated the throne in favour of his youngest son, Prince Graeme. Prince Leonard died in February 2019, aged 93.
Gotta admire the man. Here’s some interesting facts –
Motto: Dum Spiro Spero (While I Breathe, I Hope)
Anthem: “It’s a Hard Land” by Keith Kerwin
Official Languages: English, per constitution also French and Esperanto
Ethnic Groups: Anglo-Celtic Australians, Australian Aborigines (Nunda Tribe)
Demomyns: Hutt Riverian
Population: 30 full time residents
Purported Currency: Hutt River Dollar, tied 1:1 with Australian Dollar
Official Website: http://www.principality-hutt-river.com/
Vale HRH Prince Leonard