Hutt River Province

Author

Shire of Northampton

Place Number

17829

Location

Hutt River

Location Details

Rural Street No. 2704 Oglivie West Road, Yallabatharra

Local Government

Northampton

Region

Midwest

Construction Date

Constructed from 1970

Demolition Year

N/A

Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Category
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Nov 2005 Category 1B

Statement of Significance

Hutt River Province has high historic and social significance as the site of Australia's only independent principality.

Physical Description

The Principality of Hutt River is over 500 km north of Perth, Western Australia and is about 75 square km in size, consisting of approx 18,500 acres of mainly flat or undulating farmland. The small main townsite of Nain, contains buildings for tourism and administration as well as an inter-denominational chapel. The local resident population is small.

History

As a protest against the 1969 Wheat Quota issued to the Westonia Pastoral Company (owners of the Hutt river property) and after failing to receive recourse from the Government of WA, a decision was made to withdraw the property from the jurisdiction of the State of Western Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia. The Hutt River Province (of 18,500 acres) seceded from Australia on 21 April 1970 to become an independent sovereign state. A Board of Administration was chosen and Leonard Casley was elected their Administrator. Five brick buildings were constructed in the early 1970s for administration purposes and tourism. These included a Chapel, a souvernir arcade, administration/post office building, a tearoom and a four unit motel. The WA artists Robert Pope and Frank Nash were commissioned to produce art works for the Chapel. The Chapel of Nairn was officially blessed by the Rector of the Northampton Anglican Church on 29 August 1973. The Hutt River Province continues to attract tourists from Australia and overseas. Chronology Entries 21/04/1970 The Hutt River Province seceded from Australia to become an independent sovereign state. Source ; Pages The Man - His Royal Highness Prince Leonard, Hyslop, R. C., n.d. 13 29/08/1973 The Chapel of Nairn on the Hutt River Province was blessed by the Anglican Rector of Northampton before a crowd of approximately 700 guests and visitors. Source i Pages The Man - His Royal Highness Prince Leonard, Hyslop, R. C., n.d.

References

Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Hyslop, R.C; "The Man - His Royal Highness Prince Leonard Sovereign of The Hutt River Province Principality". Undated

Place Type

Historic Town or district

Uses

Epoch General Specific
Original Use OTHER Other

Creation Date

30 Apr 2007

Publish place record online (inHerit):

Approved

Last Update

01 Jan 2017

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