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Gordon Reserve

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by Vanessa M (subscribe)
I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published January 27th 2016
Gordon Reserve is a small park between Spring Street and Macarthur Street near the government buildings in East Melbourne. It is named after Lindsey Adam Gordon, a colonial poet who only become celebrated after his death.

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The tiny park is dwarfed by the surrounding buildings.


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Gordon's memorial statue can be found in one corner of the park. It was erected in 1932 to mark the centenary of his birth.


There are a few Canary Island date palms dotted around, but the most prominent features of the park are the Stanford Fountain and the Gordon of Khartoum Memorial, both well over a century old.

The fountain was in fact designed in the nineteenth century by William Stanford while he was in Pentridge Prison. It features birds, dolphins and a cupid figure in the middle. Around the fountain is a circular path where you will find quite a few seats, while most of the reserve is lawn area.

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Stanford Fountain


The Statue of Gordon of Khartoum, at the southern point of the triangular park, depicts another important Gordon: the imperial figure General Charles Gordon. The statue was one of the first of a series of colonial statues erected in Melbourne (including the Burke and Wills statue). It is based on a statue created for Trafalgar Square, but differs in the plaques used at the bottom, which here are scenes from Gordon's life.

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The Gordon of Khartoum statue


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One of the plaques on the Gordon of Khartoum statue


Another less obvious feature of the reserve is the underground women's toilets, which were thought to be more discrete than ground level ones. They're located near Spring Street.
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Why? There's a little more to this park than you'll notice at first glance
When: Any day
Where: Cnr Spring Street and Macarthur Street
Cost: Free
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