Armagh, South Australia

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South Australia
Armagh - Sign.JPG
The entrance sign on the road from Clare to Blyth
Armagh is located in South Australia
Location in South Australia
Coordinates 33°50′S 138°35′E / 33.833°S 138.583°E / -33.833; 138.583Coordinates: 33°50′S 138°35′E / 33.833°S 138.583°E / -33.833; 138.583
Population 257 (2006)[1] around Emu Flat area (2006 Census)
Established 1850
Postcode(s) 5453
Mayor Allan Aughey
LGA(s) District Council of Clare and Gilbert Valleys
Region Mid North
State electorate(s) Frome
Federal Division(s) Wakefield
Localities around Armagh:
Hart Bungaree Stanley Flat
Benbournie, Blyth Armagh Clare
Boconnoc Park, Kybunga Emu Flat, Spring Gully Spring Farm

Armagh is a small historic village in the western Clare Valley, about 137 km north of Adelaide, South Australia.


The village was named after the town and county of Armagh in Ireland.[citation needed] It was founded in 1850 to benefit from the new copper mine, operated by the Royal Mining Company at nearby Emu Flat. The mine was built as part of a mania for copper mining prompted by the large copper finds at Burra and Kapunda but, though some mining efforts continued until 1910, was never successful commercially.[2]

The town today[edit]

Today the hills around Armagh are known for the production of wine and olive oil. Most of the old town has vanished leaving only a brick kiln, claypit, a few houses and the Miner’s Home Hotel, now a private museum.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Emu Flat (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  2. ^ Noye, Robert J. (1980). CLARE – A District History. Hawthorndene, South Australia: Investigator Press. pp. 118–123. 

External links[edit]

The old disused kiln and chimney