Not recognised much in his lifetime, Adam Lindsay Gordon became famous soon after his death in 1870. And his fame as a horseman and poet has continued into the modern era with this obelisk being erected in 1950.
The monument is beside the Glenelg Highway just south of Coleraine in southwest Victoria. It commemorates that Gordon rode in the Great Western Steeplechase each year from 1862 to 1866. This steeplechase event was four miles long and crossed the highway at this site.
Gordon captured the spirit of this race in part two of his poem Hippodromania:
On the fields of Col’raine there’ll be labour in vain
Before the Great Western is ended,
The nags will have toil’d, and the silks will be soil’d,
And the rails will require to be mended.