Hunter Region

/hʌntə ˈridʒən/ (say huntuh 'reejuhn)

noun
a region in central eastern NSW, encompassing the city of Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, Barrington Tops and the Lake Macquarie coastal area.
Also, the Hunter.
The Hunter Region gains much of its distinctive character from the coal seams that underlie large portions of it, and from its penetration into the highlands. The region is in territory traditionally inhabited by the Awabakal, Wonnarua and Darkinung peoples. European settlement dates from an 1801 convict station; cedar-cutters followed. In the 1830s, after the penal station was moved north to Port Macquarie, squatters and selectors took up land and by the early 1900s the valley was a significant producer of meat, dairy products, wool and wheat. Coal mining was even more important, with production leading to the establishment in 1915 of the BHP steelworks in Newcastle (closed 1999) and the growth of the region as the major electricity-generating area of the state. The valley is also one of Australia's major wine-producing regions; the first vines were planted in the 1820s and major growth periods in the industry have occurred in the 1840s–50s and since the 1960s. Other industries include tourism and horse studs.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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