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

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 17 May 2008.
  2. ^ Noye, Robert J. (1980). CLARE – A District History. Hawthorndene, South Australia: Investigator Press. pp. 118–123.

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