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Adam Lindsay Gordon
Adam Lindsay Gordon was born in the Azores in 1833.
On his family's return to England, Adam was a troublesome, restless boy.
His father, puzzled by Adam's aimless, wild life, sent him to Australia in 1853.
A horse-lover, he became a member of South Australia's mounted police for a year.
On his mother's death he received £7000 but lost it by buying land unwisely.
He married in 1862, and experienced deep sorrow when his baby daughter died.
Elected to the South Australian State Parliament, as a representative
for the south-eastern division he soon resigned.
To make money, he rode at race meetings, once bringing in three winners in one day.
He bought into livery stables in Ballarat but with no success,
and suffered head injuries while exercising a horse.
Writing busily in Melbourne, he became known as a poet.
When his collection of poems, 'Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes', was near publication,
Adam injured his head for the second time, in a fall.
On the 24th of June 1870, depressed by his debts, he took his own life.
His poetry became popular after his tragic death.

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EARLY EDITION BOOKS (In possession of John Wield Adams)

In the 1980's I was given, as a birthday present, a book
"-Australian Classics- Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes. Poetical Works of Adam Lindsay Gordon."
The dust jacket of the book depicts a painting by the Australian artist Tom Roberts entitled
"The Breakaway". Wild Stockmen on horseback,with their sheep dogs, trying to round up a herd of
frightened sheep who have broken away. "Thank you" to who-ever gave me the book,
you certainly started something. I had been, for a long time, interested in composing simple musical tunes and whistling them to myself.
I started to read the poems in this book and found myself singing the verses.
I progressed to setting a lot of these poems to music, done after work into the early hours of the morning.
If I awoke the next morning and still remembered the tune of the night before,
then it was a good tune. My interest grew after reading accounts of Adam Lindsay Gordon's life, and on entering book shops,
particularly second hand shops, I would go straight to the shelves containing his works.
There I found the following:-

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1."Seaspray and Smoke Drift."
Published in 1867 by George Robertson, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.
2."Ashtaroth."
Published in 1867 by Clarson, Massina, and Co., Publishers, Melbourne.
Gibbs, Shallard and Co., Sydney.
3."Bush Ballads and Galloping Ryhmes."
Published in 1870 by Clarson, Massina and Co.,General Printers,
Little Collins Street East. Melbourne.
Incidentally, my copy of Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes is
signed-inscribed on the fly-leaf by Herbert Power,
Gordon stayed with Robert Power.
Herbert Power was one of the founders of the Victorian Amateur Turf Club
when it was formed at a meeting in Craig's Hotel, Ballarat.
The date on the fly-leaf is the same day that Gordon died, 24th June 1870.

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4 The actual "Order of Service" booklet used at the
unveiling of the Adam Lindsay Gordon memorial in the poets' corner of Westminster Abbey
on May 11th, 1934, by H.R.H The Duke of York,
followed by an Address on the Poet Gordon by His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury.

"With the Compliments of the Gordon Memorial Committee of London."
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MORE ON THE SUBJECT OF HERBERT POWER.(mentioned above.)
Now, having my Adam Lindsay Gordon books, my next port of call was the Victorian Racing Museum,
situated then at Caulfield Racecourse.
They kindly supplied me with a photocopy of a page from the Committee minutes dated 6th October,1890.
There displayed was the signature of Herbert Power confirming the minutes.

Just recently I contacted the Australian Racing Museum and Hall of Fame here in Melbourne.
They kindly provided me with the following information:-
"Herbert Power was a Foundation Member of the VATC,(Victorian Amateur Turf Club.)
According to Maurice Cavanough, in "The Story of the Caulfield Cup," what happened was as follows:
Norman and Hector Wilson, Herbert Power, E.C.Moore, A.E.Ffrench and F.D. McLeod met over dinner
at Craig's Hotel (GPS: S 37º33.805" E 143º51.456") on the night of 13-14 October, 1875,
and decided to form the VATC.

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Further meetings were held in Melbourne on 10 November and 22 November.
From those meetings came an expanded list of 28 Foundation Members, of whom Herbert Power was one.

WEB SITE OF THE AUSTRALIAN RACING MUSEUM AND HALL OF FAME
THE AUSTRALIAN RACING MUSEUM AND HALL OF FAME

GPS:Lat -37.819967 Long 144.983449
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Again, delving into the internet, I found some further information kindly provided by the
Melbourne Monash University "Australian Places" project,
delivered online by their Webmaestro Unit.
The project was the brainchild of Professor Peter Spearritt,
Director, National Centre, Australian Studies.

Caulfield, a residential area with a prominent metropolitan racecourse, is on Dandenong Road,
10km from Melbourne. Until 1994 Caulfield was also a municipal city.
The origin of the name is uncertain, although John Caulfield, a builder
who arrived in Melbourne in 1837, has been suggested as a source.
The name Caulfield was in use on maps around 1857,
generally in the vicinity of the present race course.
In 1859 horse racing was held on a rough bush track and the Melbourne Hunt Club held occasional
meetings at Caulfield. A racecourse was laid out on the site where the Hunt Club kennel was kept.
In 1876 the Victorian Amateur Turf Club was formed and obtained the site for its
Metropolitan race course.
The first Caulfield Cup was run in 1879.


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MELBOURNE RACING CLUB - Caulfield & Betfair Park (Sandown) Racecourses

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VICTORIA RACING CLUB - Flemington Racecourse

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COUNTRY RACING VICTORIA

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Penola Church Service-Page 2
Street March-Page 3
Bust Unveiling Part 1-Page 4
Bust Unveiling Part 2-Page 5
Places of Interest in the Area-Page 6
Lindsay's final years in Victoria-Page 7