|The poet Adam Lindsay Gordon spent about 13 years in the South-East,
first as a police trooper, then as a horse
breaker, and finally, for a short time only, as a state politician.
His holiday cottage, Dingley Dell near Port MacDonnell, where he spent his happiest times, has long been a popular tourist attraction.
|Many people are also familiar with the Gordon Monument, standing since 1887 on a stony ridge above the road between the Leg of Mutton and Blue Lakes, the scene of Gordon's Leap, subject of so much argument as to its exact location, nature and date. It seems likely, however, that in the winter of 1864, on the day after Gordon had been beaten in the 26-jump Border Handicap Steeplechase around Mount Gambier, he was riding near the Lakes with friends when he decided to do something no one else would dare emulate. He jumped his mount over the four foot fence at the edge of the road down to an eight foot wide ledge on the steep side of the Blue Lake, with a 250 foot sheer drop yawning below. He is then said to have turned his horse and jumped back to the roadway. A friend of Gordon's stated that he trained his horse to jump at all angles, but whether the super-horse who performed this feat was Red Lancer, Red Cap or Modesty, we will probably never know.|