The Upper Hunter’s first official tartan has been revealed and will be adorning scarves, ties, shawls and even kilts as well as signage and marketing materials for the region.
The tartan is based on Campbell of Breadalbane but tells the story of the Upper Hunter valley.
- Green is for the lands where lucerne supports the dairy, beef and equine industries
- Blue is the waters of the Hunter and Goulbourn river valleys.
- White is the milk and cream that flowed from the valley.
- Black is the black coal seams.
- Purple is the grapes that become wine
- Yellow is the golden cereal and canola crops and wool clips.
- Red represents the Light Horse Troops and their horses from the Upper Hunter, who served overseas in World War I.
The project was put forward by the committee of the Aberdeen Highland Games, a festival-style celebration of Scottish heritage held on the first Saturday in July. The first tartan was made from wool from Nundle Wool Mill and created by Fred and Marie Lawson, hobby crofters who run a weaving mill under the banner Crofters Tartan Weavers at their Spring Ridge farm in North West NSW.
Aberdeen Highland Games president Charles Cooke said the committee wanted to do something special to mark their 20th year. Items in the Upper Hunter tartan colours will also be for sale at Visitor Information Centres