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.
On Sunday 24 September 2017, the Adam Lindsay Gordon Commermorative Committe held its Annual General Meeting, the 11th since inception. This year it was held at The Lane Restaurant, The George Hotel, Ballarat.
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.
Australia’s national poet Adam Lindsay Gordon was last night inducted into the Australian Jumping Racing Association’s Gallery of Champions at a gala dinner in Melbourne attended by more than 300 people from the racing fraternity.
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.
On 8 March 1864, Australia’s national poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon purchased a stone cottage and 101 acres on the coast at Port MacDonnell near Cape Northumberland, where he and his wife Maggie spent their happiest times.
This was Gordon’s only true home and resting place in Australia, where he found peace to write, grass for his horses and an unbroken view of the Southern Ocean.
Gidgee and Grit is a handbook of everything about Central Australia, from the oldest fossils in the world to the varieties of native truffles and how the indigenous people know when to hunt for them. It also contains a detailed account of the attractions not to be missed along the East McDonnell Ranges, as well as a compendious illustrated guide to the flora and fauna and a glossary of outback colloquialisms. And in case you needed one, a selection of damper recipes. [Review by Christopher Butler, ‘The Senior’ August 2013.]