Ian Armstrong (politician)

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Ian Armstrong
12th Deputy Premier of New South Wales
In office
26 May 1993 – 4 April 1995
Preceded byWal Murray
Succeeded byAndrew Refshauge
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Lachlan
In office
19 September 1981 – 2 March 2007
Preceded byNew District
Succeeded byDistrict Abolished
Personal details
Born(1937-07-17)17 July 1937
Died16 December 2020(2020-12-16) (aged 83)
Political partyNational Party
EducationNewington College

Ian Morton Armstrong, AM, OBE (17 July 1937 – 16 December 2020) was an Australian politician who served as Deputy Premier of New South Wales.[1]

Early life[edit]

Armstrong attended Newington College (1949–1953).[2]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Armstrong was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Lachlan from 19 September 1981 to March 2007. He was Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs from 1988 to 1993. From 1993 until 1995, he was Deputy Premier of New South Wales as well as Minister for Ports and Minister for Public Works.[1]

Although Armstrong was set to lead the Nationals at the March 1999 state election, he was unexpectedly ousted by his deputy George Souris just two months beforehand. This ousting came a month after Peter Collins was deposed as Liberal leader by Kerry Chikarovski.

Armstrong's seat of Lachlan was abolished shortly before the 2007 state election. This change prompted Armstrong's decision to leave the parliament; he had no particular interest in finding another constituency to represent, and he had already been in the legislature for more than a quarter of a century.

Nevertheless, Armstrong's public life did not end in 2007. Six years later he was appointed the inaugural Chair of Central Tablelands Local Land Services.


In the 1979 New Year Honours, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civilian Division) in recognition of his service to primary industry and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for his service to the New South Wales Parliament and to international trade. In the Queen's Birthday Honours 2009 Armstrong was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of New South Wales, to the agricultural and livestock sectors, and to the community.[3]

The Ian Armstrong Building in Orange was named after Armstrong. It houses the headquarters of NSW Department of Primary Industries and offices of other state government departments.[4][5] The building was officially opened and named in September 2020, a few months before Armstrong's death.


His death was announced on 16 December 2020.[6]


  1. ^ a b "The Hon. Ian Morton Armstrong". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  2. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp5
  3. ^ "The Queen's Birthday 2009 Honours List". Government House of The Commonwealth of Australia. Archived from the original on 20 October 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Prince Street to close for DPIE offices opening in Orange". Central Western Daily. 2 November 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Shiny new headquarters opens for DPI in Orange". The Land. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  6. ^ Ryan, Hannah (16 December 2020). "Ex-NSW deputy premier Ian Armstrong dies". 7NEWS.com.au. Retrieved 16 December 2020.


New South Wales Legislative Assembly
New district Member for Lachlan
District abolished
Political offices
Preceded by Deputy Premier of New South Wales
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Deputy Leader of the NSW National Party
Succeeded by
Preceded by Leader of the NSW National Party
Succeeded by