Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Poet Gordon
Adam Lindsay Gordon is an important person in the history of Australian literature. I hold Andrew (Banjo) Patterson and Henry Lawson very highly in my esteem of dead Aussie poets/writers, Adam Lindsay Gordon somewhat lower, because I have no idea of any of his work.
But I know his name, so he worth a post.
Worth a post really that is because outside the Marine Hotel where we et last Saturday with the Brighton Antique Dealer, is a hitching post where he used to tie his horse while he popped in for a Stella or two. It seems to preserved in its original location. The hotel is very old, but you would not know it as it thoroughly modern and posh now. We dined in the public bar, looking down on the suits who were paying considerably more. Ok, while the proper dining area had meals for under $30, there were acutally people there in suits.
The pic above is the hitching post. Perhaps you can remind me of something important he wrote? The text on the plaque reads,
Adam Lindsay Gordon
Poet and Horseman
Tethered his horse to this hitching post
During his residence in Brighton 1869 - 1870
A shining soul with syllables of fire
who sang the first great songs
these lands can claim (Kendall)
Preserved and dedicated to his memory by
The United Licensed Victuallers Association
20th October 1945