13 Facts About Armidale


Armidale is a city in the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia.

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Armidale is on the banks of Dumaresq Creek, in the Northern Tablelands in the New England region about midway between Sydney and Brisbane at an altitude ranging from 970 metres at the valley's floor to 1,110 metres above sea level at the crests of the hills.

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Armidale's elevation gives it a milder climate than most of northern New South Wales, but the summers are still very warm.

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Armidale has been prone to severe hailstorms and experienced three such storms over the ten-year period from 1996 to 2006.

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Armidale's airport has five daily scheduled flights to and from Sydney with Qantaslink.

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Armidale was initially founded in 1839 by George James MacDonald who was the Commissioner of Crown Lands and head of the local Border Police detachment in the New England district.

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Armidale became a municipality in 1863 and was proclaimed a city in 1885.

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Later, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s, Armidale was one of the centres of separatist agitation by the New England New State Movement.

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Local politician, David Drummond, a strong support of the movement, successfully lobbied for Armidale to have the second teachers' college in New South Wales, and later a university, positioning the town as a potential state capital.

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Armidale is a cathedral city, being the seat of the Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops of Armidale.

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Armidale is a major regional retail centre, housing three shopping malls:.

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Armidale has a pedestrian mall which stretches over three blocks of Beardy Street in the centre of city.

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Armidale has two teams competing in Group 19, the Armidale Rams RLFC, and the Narwan Eels, a club with a distinct Indigenous influence.

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