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Division Profile

  • Division name: Hunter
  • State: New South Wales
  • Name derivation: Named after John Hunter (1737-1821), second Governor of New South Wales 1795-99.
  • Size & Location description: Hunter covers an area of approximately 20,111 sq km from Maitland in the east to Cassilis in the west, Murrurundi in the north and south to Wollombi. The main towns include Aberdeen, Branxton, Cessnock, Denman, Kandos, Kurri Kurri, Maitland, Merriwa, Murrurundi, Muswellbrook, Scone and Singleton.
  • Products/industries of the area: Agriculture, aluminium smelting, coal-mining, dairy farming, engineering, farming, forestry, fruit and vegetables, horse studs and racing, timber milling, tourism, wine grapes, wineries and wool. Liddell Power Station and Bays Water Power Station are also in the division.
  • First proclaimed/election: 1901
  • Demographic rating Rural