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The Shed That Dreamed

By Myles Cosgrove

Written by renowned Australian poet Rupert McCall – “The Shed That Dreamed”

Ray White began his business in a disused shed on the Crows Nest railway siding in 1902. This year the group, which is now Australasia’s largest real estate agency, is celebrating its 120th birthday and honouring the small-town beginnings that made Ray White what it is today.

In 1902, The Shed had no direct road access. It had no retail visibility. But Ray White opened the doors, determined to engage in any business where he could bring value to the community. He was prepared to do anything. Sell farm machinery, arrange insurance or be a produce agent. Anything. Eventually he began to sell new motor cars, farm equipment and of course, property.

And Ray White was born.

Today, The Shed is part of the Crows Nest Museum and Historical Village and has been restored to its former glory. Visitors can take a walk through the historic town and visit the birthplace of the Ray White Group.

With a nod to the past, the leading group has all eyes firmly focused on the future. This humble tin shed will remain a highly valued piece of real estate for the White family for many years to come. It’s a reminder of one man’s ambition and determination and how we can all go further together.

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