Who are we and how did this all start?
Well to start with 'we' is mostly 'I' as primarily, only one person is responsible for the creation and maintenance of this
website. We have had people contacting us who think that there is a large organisation behind the site but basically there
are just four of us and we are all members of the same family.
It all started back in 1997 when we gave up our regular jobs and went on a working trip around Australia in an old 1962
Bedford bus that we christened 'The Western Belle'.
(Journal entries from 1997-2010) and
At the time there were just two of us and I started to write about our travels and developed a website called
'www.westernbelle.com' which has since been removed from the internet. Our site was only the second Australian
website about travelling in a motorhome and the whole 'internet thing' was only in its infancy. If only we had
the technology back then that we have now, what a huge difference that would have made.
As part of our website we included information about Western Australia in a separate section and this gradually
developed into a book.
The book grew and grew and became harder and harder to update so in the end we decided to stop producing it and
turn everything into an easily accessible website.
In 2009 this website was created and has continued to grow ever since.
Who does what:
Website design : Marc
Programming : Marc
Photography : Marc, Dororthy, Rosabelle, Katherine. Other photographers are credited by photo.
Research : Marc
Editing : Marc
Proof Reading : Marc, Rosabelle, Dorothy
Filming : Marc
Video Editing : Marc
Quad Copter Operation and filming : Marc
Unfortunately I am in a race with time to get as much done as possible before I am unable to do any more. For some time my
eyesight has been deteriorating and not long ago I was told I have early signs of a degenerative brain disorder. It is
somewhat disturbing to type a paragraph of text and find when I review it, that some of the words are complete gibberish
and I have to go back and correct them. Even so, I hope to continue to be working away on this site for a while yet.
I know I am in a race I cannot win, as there is so much to do and so many things I would like to add that the work will
never be completed.
I can only hope that what has been achieved so far, and what is still to come will continue to be interesting and useful
for many years after I am no longer able to work on this site.
About the site
The original intention of this website was to educate people about Western Australian history and to a great extent we have succeeded in this aim. Every year thousands of school children
access our site to help in their history studies and a lot of adults drop in to find all sorts of historic data.
We have also included a lot of information about attractions and places to go, with pages dedicated to 'What To Do' and 'How To Get Around'.
Although this is a non-profit site, it does cost a fair bit to travel around gathering new information and pictures. Also upgrading our photographic equipment, computers, GPS, web hosting fees etc. all puts a strain on our budget. In 2013 we decided to join the Google Adsense program to help offset the money that we were spending.
We are nowhere close to even breaking even at this stage but even so, the small amount we get from the ads on our site does help. To give you some idea of what this means in reality, from April 2013 to December 2014, we spent $10,381.97 on this site and received around $3,500.00. This means that it actually cost us over $6,000.00 to continue to update and maintain this site. If you like this site and want to help us out then please consider making a small donation. Every cent we get goes back into the website in one way or another and helps to make it better. If you want to help please click the 'donate' button below:
The site-wide update that I had worked on for so long was finally completed and the way the site is now formatted
will almost certainly remain the same into the future.
I continue to gather new information, photographs and create new videos and the main upgrade to this site that I
am working on currently, is to have clickable links on all town pages that lead to nearby towns. That will mean you can
easily follow a route between towns with one simple click and should make navigating the site much easier.
The towns along the coast of W.A. all now have this feature enabled but much of the interior is still yet to be
The future of this website and all the information it contains in uncertain. I have been searching for a way to preserve
what is here for future generations but to date, I have not been able to find a method of doing this in a satisfactory way.
That means that a great deal of this information could one day be completely lost. The National Library of Australia
has archived the site but this is done infrequently, so any information that is added between the latest archive and
the date this site goes offline, will inevitably be lost.
The archived version of the website will not be available on search engines and most people will not even be aware that
it exists. If you want to continue to have access to the information on this website, then I reccomend that you visit and
bookmark the following link: WANowAndThen on Trove
Our Sites and Pages
We run a number of different websites and pages and below you can find a complete list of everything we currently have available:
Western Australia Now and Then website
Facebook : Camping in Western Australia
Facebook : Western Australia Now and then
Facebook : Abandoned Western Australia
Facebook : West Australian Folklore
Folklore of Western Australia * BRAND NEW WEBSITE 2022
Western Australia Now and Then YouTube
Western Australia Now and Then Pinterest
Western Australia Now and Then Instagram
Let's Eat Malaysian Website
Let's Eat Malaysian YouTube Channel
Let's Eat Malaysian Facebook
Let's Eat Malaysian Pinterest
Let's Eat Malaysian Twitter
Belle's Veggie Garden
Bush Ballads and Bulldust * BRAND NEW WEBSITE 2022
Dorothy Loader Watercolour Portraits
Rosabelle. Colour Pencil Artist
Aussie Bush Ballads