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The Serene Family in The Forest of Wy


The Serene Family in the Forest of Wy is a group portrait of The Serene Family painted soon after the announcement of The Secession of The Principality of Wy from Mosman, a seaside suburb in Sydney Australia. It was painted by Samuel Dare Wade an  Australian artist.

Samuel Wade is a young Australian painter who first came to Pauls notice when he was attending night classes at the Julian Ashton Art School, where Paul is the principal.  A teacher drew Paul’s attention to the superb drawings young Samuel, then aged 18, had been creating in his classes.  Harking from Tasmania, Samuel was finding the cost of living in Sydney prohibitive and was going to return to his island home. Paul suggested he submit work for one of the scholarships he had set up in the school for just this purpose – to help students in crucial times in their careers.  Samuel was awarded the Brett Whiteley Scholarship at the school for the following year and, incidentally, went on to win the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship at the AGNSW and The Alice Bale Travelling Scholarship in Melbourne. When Paul seceded from Mosman Samuel was pleased create a large oil painting entitled “The Serene Family in The Forest of Wy” pictured here.

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The Serene Wycycle



On Nov 15th 2004, after 11 years of delays and extraordinary bureaucratic errors in processing a simple application for an access driveway, Mosman Council, solely citing “changed community views”, refused the application and as a result cut off the property of artist Paul Ashton Delprat and his family from their frontage and sole road access.  All legal requirements had been totally satisfied.  As a result the family has seceded from the Municipality of Mosman.

Subsequently in a Ceremony in front of national media the Mayor of Mosman in full regalia graciously accepted our Decree.  The Principality has seceded solely from Mosman and not from NSW nor the Commonwealth of Australia.  The name of the Principality of Wy is taken from neighbouring Wyargine Point.



A Serene work of mobile art created by Prince Paul of Wy was exhibited for the first time as part of The 2005 Festival of Mosman.  Upon receiving an invitation from Mosman Council, Prince Paul spoke and exhibited “The Serene Wycycle” at 10.30 am Sunday 11 Sept. at Speaker’s Corner near the Balmoral Rotunda.   “Spontaneously responding” says Prince Paul, “to this gesture of friendship from Mosman Council, we note with relief that Councillors recently voted almost unanimously NOT to remove our sole road frontage.  We look forward hopefully to four wheeled “Wymobile” linkage to Mosman in the future.”

To quote the letter of invitation :  “This is a chance to be part of a spectacular vehicle for impromptu free speech….

“The spectacular Wycycle is the sole means of wheeled transport in and out of the Principality proper into neighbouring Mosman, which Prince Paul likes to think of nostalgically as “Wider Wy”.  “It is not a Trojan Horse”,  he says, “I am presenting it simply as a salutation to the decent gentlefolk of Mosman.  Built as it is from wholly recycled materials, it is an ecological counterbalance to those individuals who recently accused these good people of excessive wastage.”

“The Principality of Wy was chagrined to read in the press about Mosman’s large Ecological Footprint.  We of Wy deplore the base snickering from the mouths of, no doubt, envious others. “The Principality has, by necessity, a very small footprint and we are happy to advise Mosman Council on how to lower the consumption threshold.”  A ground-breaking start could be to provide genteel bicycle tracks and to remove all driveways and all roads, preferably by planting them out with approved native plants.”

REWYCYULAR ART   The following description of “The Serene Wycycle” is republished with permission from Principality of Wy Fine Art Journal: “A mixed metaphor of seeing and riding, speed and stillness, significance and insouciance. Surreal juxtaposition is achieved with quirky couch/saddlery and brilliant gilt framed vernacular.”

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Archaeological Relics                 DIRK HARTOG’S EAR TRUMPET

Not all the objects that are presented to Prince Paul to be combined into sculptural creations are suitable for that purpose.  Some, possibly, have great significance in their own right.   Dirk Hartog’s ear trumpet is a good example.

Dirk Hartog,  the famous Dutch explorer disappeared for six months after leaving an inscribed pewter plate, disclosing his presence, on an island off the Western coast of Australia in 1616.

The Prince presents Dirk Hartog Ear Trumpet

A well preserved, inscribed wooden artifact was recently discovered in a cave in The Principality of Wy.  

Archaeologists are aware of the tradition of wooden objects of apparel, such as footwear,  favoured by the Dutch and believe that this rough hewn object, which appears to be the remains of an ear trumpet, follows this same practical tradition.

The relic is inscribed, perhaps by a crewman or even Captain Hartog himself, with the name “Dirck Hartische” and “Eendracht”, which was the name of Dirk Hartog’s vessel of exploration.  

The Prince is interested in this possibly momentous discovery, as he has Dutch ancestry.  He is appointing a Serene Commission to look into it .  

The Prince examines Dirk Hartog's Ear Trumpet

There is also a  map incised on the “ear trumpet” which seems to locate the Principality of Wy.  Historians are excited by this and it has been proposed that there is a possibility that the discovery of the Principality of Wy may predate that of Australia itself .

Research is continuing.


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Community Street Parade

  The Court of the Principality of Wy has been an adornment of the Mosman Festival Grand Parade on a number of occasions. Prince Paul and Princess Susan and Members of the Serene Court of The Principality of Wy are customarily led by the famous “Golden Serene Wycycle”, the official vehicle of Wy, which is artistically adorned with flowers in the spirit of Springtime. Court musicians entertain the huge crowds lining the Mosman Festival Parades with Rock Star inspired courtly music written for the occasion.  

The crowds are thrilled to see their very own Principality out and about and sharing the festivities with Mosman.  Some are heard to say that the Principality Contingent brings excellent “Wy Weather” to Mosman.   The Equerries often comment on the balmy weather enjoyed by The Principality.  The Astronomer Serene is making a study on the subject.  

On all occasions  The Court of The Principality of Wy is greeted with good humour and  delight by those on the official stand at the Town Hall, their number generally including representatives from Her Majesty’s Navy and Her Majesty’s Government .  The Prince is a loyal subject of her Majesty.

The Prince is rather old fashioned when it comes to form.   As a boy he remembers it was obligatory to dress for dinner and the dining table was held in high regard as a place where members of the family and guests were invited to contribute to the vitality of the discussion in hand.  The subjects ranged from science to wine and to art and music and everywhere else as well.  So true was the saying that ‘You study at School what you learn at home.”   Prince Paul advocates that the television set, which is sooo seductive, be turned off whilst dining.  Some younger members may complain initially, but they are soon seen to be actively engaged in the table discussion.  From dressing properly for dinner to dressing up for a Festival Parade is not such a huge leap.  The Festival Parade provides colour and magic in the real world.  For children it is Fairy tale Pageantry and for the grown ups a moment of magic in familiar streets.  This is what memory is made from.    

Prince Paul gallantly kissed the offered hand of Her Worship The  Mayor of Mosman, to the applause of the crowd watching the Parade.  What many regard as old fashioned ceremony by some is held in high esteem in The Principality of Wy.  Colour, vitality and imagination contribute to the highly original contribution made to the neighbouring suburb.

How blessed is Mosman.  Washed on three sides by glorious Sydney Harbour, with just an isthmus connecting it to the rest of Sydney, graced by lovely Balmoral Beach, The Mosman Art Gallery, Headland Park  and The Taronga Zoo. 

There is so much to be pleased about in Mosman which is The Principality’s big neighbour.  Did you know that the symbol of Mosman is A WHALE ?  Appropriately the principality has chosen the symbol of a DOLPHIN to adorn it’s flag. see Dolphin Flag/Guest Authors/poetry

The hard working  Councillors who have served the people of Mosman over the years can be justifiably proud of their assiduous stewardship.  

Many Mosman people are heard saying that they live in the “Municipality that has everything”.           

Now it is even more unique in having its very own Principality of Wy, to complete “The Perfect Picture Suburb.”