|Population||224 (2011 census)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Gannawarra|
|State electorate(s)||Murray Plains|
Lalbert is a very small farming town in the north-west of Victoria, Australia, within the Shire of Gannawarra. Lalbert is situated 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of Kerang on the Swan Hill-Donald Road. At the 2011 census, Lalbert had a population of 224.
Named by Major Mitchell during his trek through the area in 1836, the name Lalbert (or L'Albert as it was originally spelt) is thought to derive from the aboriginal word for the creeper that grew on the mallee trees at the time. The first white people to live in the district were the Ham brothers who took out a pastoral lease there in 1846. By 1850, their sheep run had been subdivided into three separate pastoral properties: the Lalbert, Titybong and Towaninnie runs. The 1865 gazetteer recorded that there were only around 40 white people in the district at the time, all of whom were employed on the sheep stations. The district around Lalbert, moreover, was said to be "fit for nothing except sheep grazing for which purpose the entire available land is taken up".
Lalbert is in the middle of the Mallee wheat growing area, which is renowned for its crops of wheat barley, oats, canola and legumes. It is 3 kilometres north of Tittybong. Situated 50 km west of Kerang, Lalbert is a mallee town. The town has a general store, hotel, school, hall and recreation reserve, and is a major grain receiving centre.
Lake Lalbert, a few kilometres from town, is a flood filled lake and a significant environmental showpiece.
The nearest large town is Swan Hill.
Lalbert is on the Robinvale railway line. Lalbert was connected when the line was extended to Ultima in 1900, and eventually to Robinvale in 1924. The last regular passenger service on the line ran from Bendigo to Robinvale on 3 June 1978 and was operated by a DERM. The last station master was Damian Cybula. It was replaced by Bendigo - Ultima and Swan Hill - Robinvale buses from 5 June 1978. The line is now used exclusively to haul grain.
The Mallee Football Club plays in the Central Murray Football League. The team last won the premiership in 1996. William A. Powell, the cricket writer and author of the Wisden Guide to Cricket Grounds and the ECB Guide to Cricket Grounds, was married here in April 1996 to Carol M. Curthoys.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Lalbert (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- Wurr, Chris, "Robinvale to Lette Railway", Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin], April 1999, pp123-138
- Chris Banger (March 1997). "Rail Passenger Service Withdrawals Since 1960". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division). pp. 77–82.
- Sid Brown (March 1990). "Tracks Across the State". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division). pp. 71–76.