Armstrong, Victoria

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Armstrong is located in Rural City of Ararat
Location in Rural City of Ararat
Coordinates 37°12′49″S 142°53′34″E / 37.21361°S 142.89278°E / -37.21361; 142.89278Coordinates: 37°12′49″S 142°53′34″E / 37.21361°S 142.89278°E / -37.21361; 142.89278
Postcode(s) 3377
LGA(s) Rural City of Ararat
State electorate(s) Ripon
Federal Division(s) Wannon

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 town began as a gold-mining settlement, with a Post Office (Armstrong's) opening on 1 January 1859,[1] 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.[2]


  1. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  2. ^ Switching-out Armstrong Waugh, Andrew Australian Railway History, August, 2005 pp283-303