Prior to year 1894, the area was part of the Canning Road District. The Kelmscott Road District was created on 14 December 1894 out of parts of Fremantle and Jandakot Road Districts. On 24th March of 1910, it was renamed Armadale-Kelmscott. On 1st July 1961, it became the Shire of Armadale-Kelmscott following the enactment of the Local Government Act 1960. On 1 July 1977, its Byford Ward was abolished and transferred to the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale. On 1st July 1979 it became the Town of Armadale and finally on 16th of November 1985 it attained City status. The City of Armadale maintains 615 km of roads and a little over 14 km² of parks and gardens.
Armadale, being an urban centre and also a transport hub for the surrounding districts, contains a variety of educational institutions. It is home to 2 state high schools, 4 primary state schools, 3 independent schools, an Australian Trades College campus and a campus of Polytechnic West (formerly known as Swan TAFE). In year 1899, Armadale School was built at the intersection of Church and Third Roads. With the construction of national housing in the 1950s, John Calvin Christian College (1957) and Armadale Senior High School (1955) were also opened. As new areas opened, new schools followed to be established as well: Kingsley (1969), Neerigen Brook (1970) and Challis (1974), as well as Cecil Andrews Senior High School (1980).
In year 1983, the Dale Christian School and Pioneer Village School opened. Finally, in year 1987, Armadale Primary School was relocated to its current location at Carradine Road following the redevelopment of the Armadale city centre precinct : its old location is now home to the Armadale Shopping Center. In approximately 2000, a TAFE Centre was built in Commerce Avenue as part of the South-East Metropolitan College of TAFE; it became a fully-functioning campus in 2003 when SEMC merged into Swan TAFE, and is now a campus called Polytechnic West. In 2010, the Federal Government opened a campus of the Australian Trades College specialising in carpentry and joinery, cabinet making and electrical trades.
Armadale is the terminal station of the Armadale railway line, which links Armadale's suburbs to Perth's central business district and the suburbs of Cannington, Maddington and Gosnells. Its railway station serves as an interchange for Transperth buses, operated by sWAn Transit, which serve surrounding locations, as well as a stop on the Australind train to Bunbury. There are no bus routes servicing eastern Armadale.
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