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Adam Lindsay Gordon
Adam Lindsay Gordon

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson

A bronze statue of a horse commemorates both Adam Lindsay Gordon and horses and mules killed during World War One.

The statue of the horse has been created in the action of a charger mounted on a base of Warrenheip granite. Funds were raised from visitors to the Adam Lindsay Gordon cottage and it was unveiled on the centenary of the poet`s arrival in Ballarat.

Location

Address:Sturt & Lyons Street South , Ballarat, 3350
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.561286
Long: 143.851733
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Animals
Monument Designer:Raymond B. Ewery

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1969
Front Inscription

Plaque:
He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength:
He goeth forth to meet the armed men.
He mocketh at fear, and is not afraid,
Neither turneth he back from the sword.JOB 39 V21-22*

Plaque:
Erected By
The Adam Lindsay Gordon Society
To Mark The Centenary Of
The Poet`s Living In Ballaarat. 
Also As A Memorial To The 958,600 horses And Mules
Killed In The First World War, Including 196,000
That Left These Shores Never To Return.

"The Lay of the Last Charger"
Forward! the trumpets were sounding the charge,
The roll of the kettledrum rapidly ran,
That music, like wild-fire spreading at large,
Madden’d the war-horse as well as the man.

Where are they? the war-steeds who shared in our glory,
The “Lanercost” colt, and the “Acrobat” mare,
And the Irish division, “Kate Kearney” and “Rory”,
And rushing “Roscommon”, and eager “Kildare”,

We, too, sprung from mares of the prophet of Mecca,
And nursed on the pride that was born with the milk,
And filtered through “Crucifix”, “Beeswing”, “Rebecca”,
We love sheen of scarlet and shimmer of silk.

And what then? the colours reversed, the drums muffled,
The black nodding plumes, the dead march and the pall,
The stern faces, soldier-like, silent, unruffled,
The slow sacred music that floats over all!

Unveiled By
His Worship the Mayor of Ballaarat,
 Cr. M. J. Brown

President Cr.W.F Roff C.B.E.          Secretary P.Abson, ESQ

 

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