PRINCE LEONARD IN MEMORIAL
Leonard was born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia on 27th
August 1925 and passed away on 13th February 2019.
However, in between those 93 plus years he lived many lifetimes.
One of his earliest memories was in the outback of
South Autralia at Quorn where he went to school for a short time. His
father George William Casley was working for the Continental Railways
and would travel the Nullabor. One anecdote Prince Leonard often
recalled was one day going to school he saw a hurt Love Bird Parrot
that had been in a fight with another. Prince Leonard picked it up and
took it to school. His teacher gave him a shoe box to place it in.
Come recess time the other children wanted to see it. So the young
innocent boy took the lid off the box and yes it flew away.
Another story was of the large Perenties that raced
the trains until they tired of that and outpaced train as they
disappeared into the bush. He learned the ways and customs of the
Aboriginal Peoples as he lived with these people in their
Around nine years of age the family moved to
Fremantle. It was there at this young age that he had his first taste
of commercial venture. He would sell the passengers on the cruise
ships wildflowers that he would pick, until an official asked, “if he
had a permit for that?” He didn’t and that was the end of that
He left school at 14 and was employed as a shipping
clerk at James Kiernan Ltd., Fremantle Harbour. Then at 18 years
entered the Royal Australian Air Force, where he served in Australia
and islands in and around Borneo. After the war he returned to
civilian life and started a fruit and vegetable export business to
Singapore. This was very successful however he went on to bigger
During his time in the Air Force he met Shirley Joy
at a dance in Fremantle. After the war ended they married and went on
to be life partners and over the next eleven years had seven children.
He bought a wheat and sheep farm at Westonia which
he ran successfully and built up to 28,500 acres over many years, he
sold up and moved to Perth, where he built a block of sixty flats.
Some years later with his sons leaving school and wanting to go
farming he travelled the state and found the farms at Hutt River.
In 1969 with the introduction of Wheat Quotas was
the start of his battle with the Government to save the farm. The only
solution he could find was to secede his farming lands, to be a fully
This he did. One man against the West Australian,
Australian and British Governments, quite an achievement as they had
their Army, Navy and Air Force Departments, Lawyers and Barristers to
try to combat this from happening. But he saved the farm and ruled the
PHR for over 47years.
He is survived by his seven children, and over
fifty Grand and Great Grand Children.
His love waited
patiently for him until he had done what he needed then she reached
out her hand to him to guide him home.
They are together again forever more.
Principality of Hutt River