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Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833 - 1870)

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Adam Lindsay Gordon
Born in Faial da Terra, Azores, Portugalmap
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Died in Melbourne, Victoria, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 15 May 2017
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Categories: Notables | Poets | Australian Poets.


Adam Lindsay Gordon was a popular Australian poet, horseman and parliamentarian.

He was born in 1833 at Fayal in the Azores but the family returned to England where his father, Adam Durnford Gordon took up the position of Professor of Oriental Languages Cheltenham College. Adam Lindsay Gordon attended Cheltenham College for about a year from 1841. He was then schooled at a private school, attended the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich and the Royal Grammar School Worcester. Unable to concentrate on his studies and becoming increasingly unsettled his father, although devoted to him,[1] sent him to Australia in 1853.

A number of Adam's relatives had connections to Australia. His great uncle William Sandys Elrington had taken up a land grant in 1827 and prospered until deciding to return to England in 1846. His cousin Clement Caines Elrington had arrived in Australia as a Lieutenant in 1835. Another cousin, Clement's brother Richard Goodall Elrington and his family were living in the Ballarat area where Adam moved to from South Australia about 1868. Three decades after Adam's death his niece Caroline Cecilia Heath (nee Ratti) also died in Melbourne.

Adam Lindsay Gordon's life is well documented online and in print.

Online biographies



  • Elliott, Brian and Gordon, Adam Lindsay, 1833-1870 Adam Lindsay Gordon. Sun Books, Melbourne, 1973.
  • Hutton, Geoffrey Adam Lindsay Gordon : the man and the myth. Melbourne University *Humphris, E. M. (Edith Mary) and Sladen, Douglas Brooke Wheelton, 1856-1947 Adam Lindsay Gordon and his friends in England and Australia (Australasian ed). Constable & company ltd, London, 1912. (also available online)
  • McLaren, Ian F. (Ian Francis) Adam Lindsay Gordon : a comprehensive bibliography. Univ. of Melbourne Library, Parkville, 1986.
  • MacRae, C. F Adam Lindsay Gordon. Twayne Publishers, New York, 1968.
  • Sladen, Douglas Brooke Wheelton and Gordon, Adam Lindsay, 1833-1870 Adam Lindsay Gordon : the life and best poems of the poet of Australia. Hutchinson & Co, London, 1934.
  • Wilde, W. H. (William Henry) Adam Lindsay Gordon. Oxford University Press, Melbourne ; New York, 1972.


  1. Humphris, E. M. (Edith Mary) and Sladen, Douglas Brooke Wheelton, 1856-1947 Adam Lindsay Gordon and his friends in England and Australia (Australasian ed). Constable & company ltd, London, 1912, p. 124

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