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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.
The tiny park is dwarfed by the surrounding buildings.
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.
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.