For the last two years of his life, Adam Lindsay Gordon lived in Melbourne, in the seaside suburb of Brighton. Financial difficulties and depression at this time eventually led him to take his own life on 24 June 1870. Sadly, his last book of poetry, Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes, had been published the previous day. Gordon had even seen a favourable review which was to be printed in the newspapers. But he had also learned that he didn’t have enough money to pay the printer for his book of verse.
A memorial was erected to Gordon in the centre of Melbourne in 1933, the centenary of his birth.