Australia’s country within a country: the Principality of Hutt River

When the Western Australian Government introduced stringent wheat production quotas in 1970, they came as a harsh blow to the Casley family who, at the time, had 9,900 acres of wheat ready to harvest. Under the new quotas, the family was permitted to sell only a measly 99 acres of their produce. The Casleys have … Read on

When Western Australia fined NASA

In 1979, headlines were made around the world when NASA’s first attempt at a manned space station, Skylab, came crashing back down towards the earth. When fragments of the colossal experiment landed on the eastern coast of Western Australia, the parks authority issued NASA with a $400 littering fine for leaving a trail of space … Read on

The pillars of coin collecting

For as long as coins have circulated, collectors have coveted them. In Renaissance Europe, coin collecting was the ‘hobby of kings’, because it was a favourite pastime of royalty and those with hefty disposable incomes. Nowadays, just about anyone with an interest in coins can start a collection, but it’s a good idea to stick … Read on

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