Scone ( to rhyme with
'bone') is a town in the Upper Hunter Shire in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia.
, Scone had a
population of 4,624 people. It is located on the New England Highway north of Muswellbrook about 270 kilometres north of Sydney, and is part
of the Hunter (federal) and
Hunter (state) electorates.
Scone is in a farming
area and is particularly noted for breeding Thoroughbred racehorses
, and is regarded as the Horse Capital
St Luke's Anglican Church, Scone,
Surveyor, Henry Dangar
was the first
to travel through the area, prior to
passing over the Liverpool Range
above Murrurundi in 1824. Scone was named in 1831 after Scone, Perth and
Kinross, Scotland, by Jason
Kent Toth (see :Category:Australians
of Scottish descent).
Scone was gazetted in 1837 and
during the early days was renowned for its large pastoral
properties including Belltrees and Segenhoe. Early buildings were
St Luke’s Church and the St Aubins’ Inn.
Shire Council was merged into the Upper Hunter
Shire in 2004, integrating parts of the former Murrurundi and Merriwa shire councils.
Scone was the site for the annual open-air heavy metal music festival
, Metal Stock
The festival took place every year over the Easter
long weekend and has featured such homegrown
talent as The Furor
, Infernal Method
as well as some
international acts including Profanation
. Recently the concert was bought out and
moved to Sydney.
The annual Scone Horse Festival
is a celebration
of Scone's cultural links to equines. It is celebrated during May
and includes all manner of activities, including wine tours, Open
Days across the numerous horse studs in the area, the Scone rodeo,
the Scone School Horse Sports competition, the Black Tie Ball, and
a parade in Kelly Street.
event is a horse racing carnival
featuring the prestigious Scone Cup, one of the richest country
racing days in New South
Wales and Australia.
Small celebrations are also a key part of the festival and includes
schools, businesses, public events and sports centres. The Horse
Festival is also traditionally linked with such events as the
Belltrees poetry competition, the yarns night and many other small
annual fundraisers and events.
on the Main
North railway line, and is served by a passenger train service
made up of a daily CountryLink train to
Sydney and local regular CityRail
services to Newcastle.
- Scone History Retrieved on 11 October 2008
- METALSTOCK (Official myspace) - Scone, New South Wales
MySpace.com - Retrieved 12 August 2007.