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Adam Lindsay Gordon : 17-September-2012
Adam Lindsay Gordon : 17-September-2012

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A monument commemorates poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon who lived in Brighton between 1868 -1870. 

The first boulder includes a relief portrait of Gordon, the crests of the Gordon family and of the City of Brighton, together with a relief of Gordon on horseback.

Adam Lindsay Gordon (19 October 1833 – 24 June 1870) was an Australian poet, jockey and politician.  On 24 June 1870, just after the publication of his most famous verse collection Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes, Adam Lindsay Gordon committed suicide.

After his death, Gordon's reputation as a poet continued to grow, and in the early twentieth century he was widely regarded as Australia's ‘national poet’. While Gordon wrote in a range of poetic forms, he is best remembered for his ballads, which often used horse riding – whether on the racetrack or in the Australian bush – as their main narrative action.


Address:14 Wilson Street, Library, Brighton, 3186
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.910197
Long: 144.997963
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 7th July, 1985
Front Inscription

Plaque 1 :

Crest Of The    Gordon The Poet  Crest Of The
Gordon Family                              City Of Brighton

ADAM LINDSAY GORDON, Pioneer Poet And Horseman, Born In The Azores 18 October 1833; Died At Brighton 24 June 1870.  This Memorial Tribute To Gordon To Mark His Residence In Brighton 1868-1870 Was Unveiled By Her Worship The Mayor of Brighton Cr. K. E. Harman TPTC, TSpTC, JP on 7 July, 1985."

The Horseman

Erected By Gordon Admirers With Funds Raised By A Special Commitee

Maxwell W. Eise MBE JP

Hon. Sec.
Rosalind Landells

Brighton Historical Society  
Brighton City Council  
National Trust of Australia ( Victoria )

Plaque 2 :


"Question not, but live and labour
Till yon goal be won
Helping every feeble neighbour
Seeking help from none ;
Life is mostly froth and bubble
Two things stand like stone
Kindness in another's trouble 
Courage in your own"  

                                                                  Ye Wearie Wayfarer

"In the Spring, when the wattle gold trembles
Twixt shadow and shine
When each dew-laden air draught resembles
A long draught of wine ;
When the sky-line`s blue burnish`d resistance
Makes deeper the dreamiest distance
Some song in all all hearts hath existence,
Such songs have been mine."  

                                                        A dedication

"A shining soul with syllables of fire
Who sang the first great songs these lands
can claim to be their own..........

Henry Kendall`s Tribute
To His Friend Gordon

Source: MA,VMR, ADB
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