History

The City of Armadale takes great pride in its cultural heritage. The links listed here for exploration and enjoyment begin with the area’s traditional land owners from the Aboriginal community, through the declaration of Kelmscott as a town in 1830 to Council’s progress from a Road Board to a Shire to the vibrant City it is today.

  • Settlement to City
    History Book

    Settlement to City chronicles the growth of the district of Armadale from its founding as a tiny military outpost at Kelmscott in 1830 to the thriving City that it is today. Details of the origins of roads and locality names in the Armadale district is also provided.

  • Traditional Land Ownership
    Traditional Land Ownership

    The area now known as the City of Armadale was originally occupied by the Noongar Aborigines many thousands of years before European settlement.

  • European Settlement

    In November 1829, just five months after the founding of the Swan River Colony in Western Australia, an exploring party led by Governor Sir James Stirling chose a site for a new town on the banks of the Canning River.

  • 1985 new administration building
    30th Anniversary

    Upon gaining City status in 1985, Armadale made many changes in its civic precinct, beginning with the opening of a new Administration Centre.

  • Historic Site plaques

    Historic Site plaques

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    Timeline Since Settlement

    A timeline of events from our district's history is provided here in several parts, charting the changes over the last 185 years.