Adam Lindsay Gordon


Adam Lindsay Gordon

Adam Lindsay Gordon, Australia's acclaimed national poet, remembered by Melburnians for a monument located in the Treasury Gardens (see below).

Adam Lindsay Gordon was born on the 19 October 1833 at Fayal in the Azores and died 24 June 1870 and buried at Brighton General Cemetery.

Adam Gordon was an Australian poet, jockey and politician whose legacy can be found throughout south-eastern Australia where he spent the final 16 years of his colourful life.

Adam Lindsay Gordon was many things in his time.. a mounted trooper, champion jockey, horsebreaker and Member of Parliament. He was the first to capture Australia and her people in the words of poetry, paving the way for Banjo Paterson, Lawson and William Ogilvie to name just a few to create poetry that was uniquely Australian.

In his travels he lived in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

After his death, Gordon’s popularity grew to the point where thousands would attend his grave in the Brighton General Cemetery each year.

Most children learnt about him in the school readers up to about the start of the Second World War. Since then his popularity has waned to the extent now that most people of a younger age have never heard of Gordon, even though he has a Tablet and Bust in the Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey, unveiled in 1934 by the Duke of York.

Adam Lindsay Gordon monument, carries the verse:

Life is mainly froth and bubble
Two things stand like stone —
Kindness in another’s trouble.
Courage in your own

The Torquay Froth & Bubble Literary Festival is a celebration of everything to do with Literature.



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