Armstrong (also known as Armstrongs) is a town in Victoria, Australia, located on the Western Highway, north of Ararat, in the local government area of Rural City of Ararat.

The population at the 2016 census was 88.[1]

The town began as a gold-mining settlement, with a Post Office (Armstrong's) opening on 1 January 1859,[2] and had a peak population of 516.

The Melbourne to Adelaide railway passes through the town. In 1938, Armstrong was the site of an experimental installation of a radical form of railway safeworking intended to bring about cost savings. It resulted in seven years of tortuous bureaucratic decision making.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Lucas (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  3. ^ Switching-out Armstrong Waugh, Andrew Australian Railway History, August, 2005 pp. 283–303