Adam Alexander (“Bill”) Armstrong, O.B.E, M.C.

  • Born 1 July 1906 in East Melbourne
  • Died 22 February 1982 in Deniliquin
  • Grazier and consultant
  • Married Marjorie Hill; three sons, one daughter
  • Served in World War II (recipient of the Military Cross for gallantry in the South-West Pacific Area)
  • Victoria Racing Club Official Starter 1952-69 (started 20 consecutive Melbourne Cups)
  • President of Conargo Shire Council 1952-67
  • Member of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs 1967-69
  • Southern District Racing Association committeeman for 16 years prior to entering
  • Parliament then served as SDRA President 1973-82
  • National Country Party Leader Doug Anthony said of him during a condolence motion:
  • “Bill Armstrong was a quiet, dignified and unassuming man. He did not command respect by demanding it. Instead he won respect from both sides of the House and in the wider community because of his sincerity, because of his clear concern for people and their problems and because he was moved by Australia’s problems and wanted to play his part in trying to solve them.”
Cristy Houghton