168th anniversary of Adam Lindsay Gordon’s birth

On 19 October 1833, at Charlton Kings, near Cheltenham, Adam Lindsay Gordon was born, the third of five children, and the only son of Harriet Elizabeth and Adam Durnford Gordon (as recorded in a notice in the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette of 31 October 1833). Lindsay Gordon was baptised on 3 December at Charlton Regis, by Rev. Charles Watling. Since 1831, the family had been living at Horta, the main town on the Portuguese island of Fayal in the Azores group, but apparently returned to England for the birth of their third child.

President of the Adam Lindsay Gordon Commemorative Committee Inc., Russell Harrison, who lives near the Brighton General Cemetery in Melbourne where Gordon was buried, visited the grave and left a colourful tribute of some yellow grevillea flowers.

The Australian Literature Society (1899-1979) regularly held an annual commemorative ‘Gordon evening’ in Melbourne, frequently held on the poet’s birthday, a tradition that continued from 1903 to the 1920s.

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