Cardigan and Cardigan Village

Cardigan and Cardigan Village are on the Western Highway, 11 km and 14 km respectively north-west of Ballarat.

Cardigan was named after Lord Cardigan, Commander of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War. Situated in an agricultural district, Cardigan at various times had a school (1860), a hotel and a Presbyterian church. It was described in the 1903 Australian handbook:

Cardigan Village is a satellite residential subdivision formed in the early 1980s. It was stated to have a projected population of several thousand people. There is also the Windermere hotel on the Old Western Highway.

A controversial 200 hectare development site to include 3200 houses, recreational facilities, hotel and shops in Cardigan was identified in 2010.

Census figures have been:

census date population
  Cardigan Cardigan Village Cardigan and environs
1911 162    
1986   210  
1996   228  
2006   340 703
2011   506  647

Further Reading

State School No 668 Cardigan: centenary celebrations 1860-1960

Windermere entry