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:: From the Archives

(above) From the Dingley Dell collection, the caption reads "Copy of old Photograph taken about 1922.  Last piece of original steeplechase fence where Adam Lindsay Gordon rode, about one mile from Coleraine.  (Fence since fallen down.)  Original photograph presented to Dingley Dell by E. M. Brown. Esquire".

 

:: Did you Know?

The first Great Western Steeplechase took place in Coleraine in 1858 and was Victoria's first steeplechase meeting.

The circular course went over ploughed fields and timbered undulating country, and down through gardens and backyard fences behind the main street.  It was a race reminiscent of Gordon's time at Cheltenham.

Coleraine

On the north side of the Hamilton Highway, just outside of Coleraine is one of many monuments to Adam Lindsay Gordon.  The Coleraine monument marks Gordon's participation in the Great Western Steeplechase during the years 1862 to 1866.  In spite of Gordon's acclaim as Australia's finest amateur steeplechase jockey, he never won the Great Western.

Gordon's first ride in the Great Western was on Modesty in 1862.

The monument at Mount Koroit Hill near Coleraine was unveiled on 26 May 1950 by H S Trangmar, a descendant of H S Trangmar, former secretary of the Coleraine Racing Club.

(above) Gordon monument at Coleraine

(above) Inscription on the Coleraine Monument:

"ADAM LINDSAY GORDON / The great Australian Poet / who rode in the Great Western / Steeplechase, distance about four / miles, & crossed the road at this / point, first run in 1858. / The great sportsman was a / contestant in this famous event / for five years, 1862-66. / Concerning the race he wrote: / "On the fields of Coleraine there'll / be labour in vain. / Before the Great Western is ended, / the nags will have toiled & the silks / will have soiled, / and the rails will require to be mended." / erected 1950."