Adam Lindsay Gordon

19th Oct 1833 - 24th Jun 1870


Son of Harriet Elizabeth Gordon (q.v.) and Adam Durnford Gordon. Born at Fayal, Azores, Portugal. Emigrated to Australia in 1853. Inherited £7,000 from his mother who died in 1858. He was a poet and horseman who served as Member of Assembly for Victoria in the House of Assembly in South Australia, 1865-1866. He remained in Australia until his death from suicide, despite some claim to inherit the Gordon family estate in Esslemont, Scotland. There is a statue of Gordon by Paul Montford erected by pubic subscription near Parliament House, Melbourne in 1932; a bust of him was unveiled in Westminster Abbey in 1934.


Leonie Kramer, 'Gordon, Adam Lindsay (1833–1870)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, [accessed 15/10/2012]; [accessed 29/04/2019].

We are grateful to Professor Margaret Allen for helping to compile this entry.

Further Information

Margaret Park
Annie Lindsay (1867-1867)
Cheltenham College; Royal Military Academy at Woolwich (1848-51); Royal Worcester Grammar School (1852)
Poet and horseman

Legacies Summary

Historical (1)

Bush Ballads and Galloping... 1870 

Imperial (1)

Member of Assembly
Australia: Victoria 

Physical (2)

Public memorial
Adam Lindsay Gordon 
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Memorial bust of Adam Lindsay Gordon in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey, unveiled in...
Public memorial
Adam Lindsay Gordon 
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Statue of Gordon, East Melbourne, Victoria....

Relationships (1)

Son → Mother

Addresses (2)

Esslemont House, , Ellon, Aberdeenshire, North-east Scotland, Scotland