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Blog post from Wednesday, 24 June, 2015

On this day, 24 June 1870, Adam Lindsay Gordon, Australian poet, died.

Adam Lindsay Gordon was born on 19 October 1833, at Fayal in the Azores, a group of Portuguese islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Following an education in England, his father sent him to South Australia, where he worked as a horsebreaker, mounted policeman, poet and even a member of parliament. He had an intense love of horses and riding, but in July 1868, he suffered a riding accident which caused some brain damage, and plummeted him into depression which was compounded by financial burdens and heavy debt.

Adam Lindsay Gordon’s poetry expressed his love of horses and also captured the emerging Australian identity and use of Australian idioms. The day after the publication of his poems as “Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes” he went to Brighton Beach in Melbourne, where he committed suicide, on 24 June 1870.

The State Library of New South Wales holds a collection of manuscripts and personal papers belonging to Adam Lindsay Gordon.