They have watched their small Great Southern town lose its general store and football team and its population dwindle to a mere 60 residents but this month the Vaux family are celebrating beating the odds and marking a centenary on their Ongerup farm.
Kingsley Vaux took over his family's wheat and sheep farm, about 400km south of Perth, just over 30 years ago and is the fourth generation of the family to run the property.
But increasing costs, poor seasons and a rapidly declining population have put any plans for succession on hold as his three children pursue different careers in the hope of building a future for themselves.
In the past five years, Mr Vaux has watched his beloved Ongerup lose much of its community spirit and farewelled many neighbours and friends.
He said the newfound isolation was now the toughest part about his life on the land.
"A lot of people have moved away, that's the hardest thing these days," Mr Vaux said.
"Everything is leased out or bought by foreign ownership.
"If we had a fire, I don't know where we'd get the help from.
"Maybe things will change but I don't know how."
The family have seen incredible changes to the region since Mr Vaux's great-grandparents, English immigrants John and Ada Vaux, first cut through the bush and selected Wigboro as their farm back in 1913.
The couple knew little about farming but eventually built a modest home and established ties to the region, which remain today.
In records the two made about their early days on the property, they spoke of the hardship they faced: "When we first cut our way through the bush to mark out our selection, we camped at Walker's flat overnight.
"The next morning was so cold, we had to light a fire in our tent to thaw it out so that it could be folded and loaded on the pack horse before setting off back to the Ongerup siding."
The Vaux family will celebrate their centenary at Wigboro this month with a weekend of catching up with extended family, friends and community members.
They will exhibit displays and offer bus tours of their property to those who attend.'If we had a fire, I don't know where we'd get the help from.'" *Kingsley Vaux * , farmer
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