The Adam Lindsay Gordon Craft Cottage features selected local craftwork by members of the Crafts Council of Ballarat located in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens near Lake Wendouree.
Adam Lindsay Gordon was a British-Australian poet, horseman, police officer and politician. He was the first Australian poet to gain considerable recognition overseas and he lived in this cottage between 1867-1868 when it was located behind Craigs Hotel on Lydiard Street. His only daughter died while he was in Ballarat and only his poetry, with its rolling rhythm, survives him. This famous poet is also acknowledged through an equestrian statue in Sturt Street Gardens, Ballarat.
The cottage was moved to the Botanical Gardens in the ’30s and since the early ’90s has been the home of the Crafts Council of Ballarat. Craftwork includes jewellery, painting, photography, woodwork, cards, textiles (knitting, sewing, crochet and felting) including scarves, hats, gloves, bags and embroidery. Inside the Cottage, you will discover an extensive variety of local craftwork of the highest quality.