Our History

Ray White Rural has a long family tradition. Ray White was born in Tasmania in 1878. He was the second son of Joseph and Amelia White. His family moved to Queensland and settled in a little town near Toowoomba on the range, called Crows Nest.

Sensing the opportunity to make use of the railway terminal at Crows Nest in Queensland, for the produce of Darling Downs farmers, he launched his own auctioneering business in a shed beside a railway line. The year 1911, sees Ray conducting his first auction of pigs which went on to become the mainstay of his business. He actually benefited with the advent of World War 1 in 1914, by profiting well on the sale of pork and bacon – due to the world-wide shortage of both.

Ray must have been extremely proud with the construction of his new “office”. The location of “The Shed” was a pivotal event in the new business. From the front platform, Ray would auction truckloads of pigs, grain and other agricultural products from local producers.

Although his adventurous spirit eventually took him to the “big smoke” – right into the middle of the CBD Brisbane, the connection with the bush left an indelible mark on the family, through his son, Alan, and then Alan’s son Paul. The same adventurous spirit took Paul, age 18, as a young jackeroo to Lansdowne station in western Queensland and he eventually acquired his own place outside Condamine running cattle and growing wheat. Some years later, he picked up the reins of grandfather Ray White’s rural agency, and continued the story, and the story will continue from here, capably in the hands of Paul’s son Matthew.


As one of the largest real estate and auctioneer organization in Australia, Ray White Rural specialize in rural real estate through our extensive network of offices in most states. Ray White Rural is the fastest growing rural property group in Australia, selling property, livestock, stud stock and machinery. You will find Ray White Rural expertise now covers every category of rural business.

Ray White Rural people work closely within their local community, taking a strong national and international marketing approach to selling. We auction many properties from capital city venues. Our strategy means we have a diverse team of marketers, auctioneers, sales people, franchisees and online experts.

Our Goals

The goal of Ray White Rural is to build the best rural agency group in Australia, providing professional and efficient care to all our customers, setting new standards in selling our property while maintaining outstanding service. We believe future success can only be driven by people – through the proof of past success and we remain focused on future growth and expansion over the years ahead.