The first issue was published on 7 February 1906 and the paper remained in publication until 27 December 1957. The paper was initially sub-titled "The Official Newspaper of the Farmers and Settlers Association of New South Wales", but as the years progressed the paper acquired several different subtitles, including, for a period, "The Voice of the Rural World". The first editor of the newspaper was Charles White, whose son Percy was the founder of the newspaper.
In August 1911 the paper began to be published twice weekly, and this continued until shortly after the beginning of World War 1. From Monday 7 September 1914, the paper was published daily in order to report on "the war from day to day".