On this day 155 years ago …

Australia’s national poet Adam Lindsay Gordon took the oath and his seat in the fourth South Australian House of Assembly for the electoral district of Victoria. Gordon’s constituency covered all that area between the Murray River and the border with Victoria.

Following the March election in which Gordon beat Attorney-General Randolph Stow, the Arthur Blyth Cabinet resigned. Before Parliament was due to sit, Lindsay Gordon and his wife Maggie sought lodgings closer to Adelaide, initially at Old Glenelg near St Leonards, and then they rented a roomy single-storey weatherboard house on a large block at Lot 59 Penzance Street (now No. 58), New Glenelg.

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