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89 years Since First Pilgrimage to Dingley Dell Cottage

The one time home of Australia’s national poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon, from 1926 became the location of the first of many annual pilgrimages by admirers as part of the ‘Back to Port MacDonnell’ celebrations, for which more than 8000 visited. The first dedicated pilgrimage took place on Australia Day, 26 January 1929 and, until the war, became an annual festivity which resumed on Australia Day, 26 January 1947, and continued until the early-mid-1960s and, thereafter only spasmodically by special interest groups such as when a vintage car group made a pilgrimage in 1991.

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Adam Lindsay Gordon and the Melbourne Cup

In several of his racing verses, Gordon refers to several Melbourne Cup winners including Archer, which won the first two Melbourne Cups, in 1861 and 1862; Banker, which won the 1863 Cup; Lantern which won the 1864 Cup; Toryboy which won the 1865 Cup and The Barb which won the 1866 Cup.

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Gordon of Dingley Dell: 2nd edition out soon!

First published in 2003, this book is now being updated with additional material and photos to more thoroughly reflect the life of the renowned poet and horseman, trooper and politician, who spent 14 years of his short life in Australia, especially in the south-east of South Australia, Glenelg, the western district of Victoria, Ballarat and, finally, Brighton in Victoria, where he spent his final months.

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30 August Film Premiere ‘Rider and Writer’

The first film about Adam Lindsay Gordon in 100 years, ‘Rider and Writer’ was shot at various locations in the south-east of South Australia and western Victoria by cinematographer Robert Tremelling under the direction of Brenton Manser. The docudrama is based on poet Adam Lindsay Gordon’s life during the time he lived in South Australia and Victoria.

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