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town, eastern New South Wales, Australia, in the upper Hunter River valley. Gazetted in 1837 as the village of Invermein, it was renamed for Scone, Scot., and was proclaimed a municipality in 1888. It lies along the New England Highway and the main northern rail line, 80 miles (130 km) northwest of Newcastle. Scone is a market centre for a district producing sheep, cattle, racehorses, walnuts, and vegetables. Scone is also the area headquarters of soil and water conservation authorities, and Glenbawn Dam and reservoir (and an associated national park) are nearby. A local curiosity is Mount Wingen, or Burning Mountain (1,800 feet [550 metres]); a cleft in its side emits smoke from an underground coal seam that has been smoldering for centuries. Pop. (2006) 5,079.