Scone

Scone

[skohn, skon]
Scone, village, Perth and Kinross, central Scotland. Old Scone, west of the modern village of New Scone, was the repository of the Coronation Stone (see under coronation) and the coronation place of Scottish kings from Kenneth I to Charles II. The 12th-century abbey, razed by Protestants in 1559, stood on the site of the present-day Scone Palace (built 1803-8).
Scone (which rhymes with 'bone') is a town in the Upper Hunter Shire in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia. At the 2006 census, Scone had a population of 4,625. 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 Upper Hunter (state) electorates. Scone is in a farming area and is particularly noted for breeding Thoroughbred racehorses, and is regarded as the Horse Capital of Australia.

Scone has two primary schools (Scone Public School and St Mary's Primary Scone), one government high school (Scone High School), and an independent K-12 school (Scone Grammar School).

History

Surveyor, Henry Dangar was the first European 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 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.

Scone Shire Council was merged into the Upper Hunter Shire in 2004, integrating parts of the former Murrurundi and Merriwa shire councils.

Events

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 and Nervecell. 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.

The main 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.

Transport

Scone lies 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.

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