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Civic heraldry of Australia
State : New South Wales
The arms were granted on July 19, 1984.
The green ground represents the verdant country and the wavy silver chevron charged with a red bugle horn the Hunter river which bends at Muswellbrook forming a chevron. The red bugle horn is taken from the arms used by John Hunter (1737-1821) second Governor of New South Wales. The lozenges, or black diamonds, symbolise coal as coal mining is a major feature of the Shire.
The crest shows two miner's picks in saltire that were used unofficially prior to the grant and they and the black lozenges refer to coal mining The horse supporter refers to the studs for which the area is well known and the steer supporter of the cattle industry
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