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7Timor Caves are a series of more than 80
limestone caverns where fossil and sub-fossil
deposits, subterranean lake systems and habitat
for a range of fauna have been found. In limestone
formed about 370 million years ago, the four major
caves are Main, Belfry, Helictite and Hill, all in the
Timor Caves Reserve.
8Lake Glenbawn, near Scone, is the largest
Upper Hunter waterway. Glenbawn Dam
was completed in 1957 with an original capacity
of 300,000 ml until it was enlarged in 1987 to
750,000 ml. The area of the lake is 2614 hectares
and the maximum depth 85 metres.
9Merriwa is the home of the pony club. Sgt C D
Williams, a veteran of the 7th Light Horse in
WWI, called a public meeting on April 7, 1945, to
arrange a ''pony and athletics sports afternoon''
and the day was held on May 19, kicking off the
pony club movement.
10 The Wollemi Pine, one of the world's
oldest and rarest plants dating back to the
dinosaurs, was discovered in the 500,000-hectare
Wollemi National Park in 1994. Less than 100
adult trees are known to exist in the wild, but the
pine can now be bought by the public -- one of the
most dramatic comebacks in natural history.
11Aberdeen's historic buildings include the
ruins of a mill on Rouchel Rd, believed to
be the oldest remaining in Australia, built about
12The thoroughbred stallion with the highest
stud fee in Australia, Redoute's Choice
at $176,000, stands at Arrowfield Stud in the
Segenhoe Valley on the Pages River.
13Famed Australian painter Brett Whiteley
painted an Aboriginal-inspired mural on a
sandstone gorge near The Drip in Goulburn River
National Park. Whitely stripped naked to paint
the mural in 1970, recorded in an experimental
film called Brett and Butter. The mural shows
animals and a bare-breasted woman giving birth.
Over the years it has been covered by floodwaters
and hidden by bullrushes, but it's still there.
14A total of 6.1 per cent of the Muswellbrook
population was born overseas, the largest
number (2.9 per cent) born in north-west Europe.
15Merriwa has a bottle museum that houses
more than 5000 bottles, ranging from hand
made to the round-bottomed tornado bottle, all
donated by local residents.
16Only 1.9 per cent of the Muswellbrook
population speak a language other that
English at home.
17Merriwa has an annual Festival of the
Fleeces celebrating the community's links
with the sheep industry. More than 50 sheep run
down the town's main thoroughfare, Bettington
St, wearing red socks. There used to be a ''Back to
Back'' international competition -- the time it takes
eight people to shear a sheep, spin the wool and knit
a man's jumper -- but this stopped because no one
could beat the world record-holding Merriwa team.
18 Wallabadah Rock, a 959 m high extinct
volcano plug near Murrurundi, is reported
to be the second-largest monolith in Australia
19A statue celebrating the blue heeler dog,
first bred around Muswellbrook in the
1840s, stands at the corner of Hill and Bridge
streets. A school competition named the ''dog''
Hunter the Heeler.
20The only three-time winner of the
Melbourne Cup (2003, 2004, 2005) and the
highest stakes earner in Australian racing (more
than $14 million), Makybe Diva had her first foal
at Coolemore Stud, Jerrys Plains, in 2007.
MUSWELLBROOK IS . . .
The major centre in the picturesque
Upper Hunter, an attractive country
town that sits beside the Hunter
River, with historic buildings, tree-
lined streets and surrounded by
world-class wineries, thoroughbred
studs, a booming mining industry
and Liddell and Bayswater power
NAME: Explorer Henry Dangar
marked the area on his map as
Muscle Brook because of the large number of mussel
shells he found. It was gazetted as Musclebrook in 1833 but
by 1857 was known as Muswellbrook, the spelling said to
derive from Muswell Hill in London.
Power and plenty
3402 sq km
BIGGEST AGE GROUP:
0-14 (23.2 per cent)
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FAMOUS SONS AND DAUGHTERS: The first Chief
Justice of NSW, Sir Frances Forbes, was granted his estate,
Skellator, in 1825, and a giant of 19th century Australian
politics, William Charles Wentworth, was also a landholder.
Author Donald Horne, of Lucky Country fame, was raised
in Muswellbrook and wrote of it in the Education of Young
Donald, while virtuoso guitarist Tommy Emmanuel was born
in Muswellbrook in 1955. Nathan Tinkler rose from being a
Muswellbrook mine electrician to being named last year as
BRW magazine's wealthiest Australian under 40. In sport,
NRL referee Shayne Hayne grew up in Muswellbrook, PGA
golfer Kurt Barnes was born and raised there, while local boy
Wayne Harris rode the 1994 Melbourne Cup winner Jeune.
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Arrowfield, Baerami, Baerami Creek, Baerami South,
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Dangar, Dartmouth, Denman, Dunbars Creek, Edderton,
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Manobalai, Marketown, Martindale, McCullys Gap, Mount
Dangar, Mount Rest, Muscle Creek, Muswellbrook,
Muswellbrook North, Muswellbrook South, Myambat,
Oakleigh Stud, Old Yarrawa, Pickering, Piercefield,
Richmond Grove, Rosemount, Roxburgh, Sandy Hollow,
The Horseshoe, Widden, Widden Valley, Wybong, Yarrawa.
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