Wednesday, March 5, 2008

ABC Wednesdays - G for Gordon


I am famous! Well that was my reaction as a child when I first found out about a town called Gordon in northern South Australia. To my dismay I found out there were only ruins there.

On my cycling tour in the Flinders Ranges in 2002, I had this photo taken; Gordon at Gordon!

In 1865 Goyders Line was drawn; a boundary of the land that had sufficient average rainfall suitable for cropping. Many farmers ignored the recommendation and started farming outside of the line. Many new towns were established as a result but as predicted the farms failed and the towns were eventually abandoned.

You can read more information about Gordon (the town!) here and about George Goyder and his Line here.

To find out more about ABC Wednesdays and see links to other participants' sites go to mrs nesbitts place

24 comments:

Deslilas said...

Well done.
My second first name is Gérard so I could have put my portrait but Gérard is less famous than Gordon.

Picturing of Life said...

Great choice for G theme. I've been to Sydney couple years ago. Hope someday i can visit other part of Australia :D

Hope you visit mine also Thanks.

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes'NL said...

Hi GORDON,
YOU are wonderfull G Theme for ABC wednesday, GORDON is a nice name!


Greetings from JoAnn/Holland
Visit my G for ABC wednesday

ArneA said...

Very Interesting. I thought firs that your name was G. Goyder, but than I discovered the first name was George.
My name means only Eagle

Donna said...

How Fun! I also have a town with my name..Donna, Texas. I love it!lol Have fun today!!

Ida said...

Gordon at Gordon. Great! Sporty fellow! :)

Daryl E said...

Gordon in/at Gordon .. how cool is that!

Katney said...

How delightful! If I had a town named after me I would go hike it, too.

Actually, someday I might. When my nephew visited the city in England from which our family name derives, he was treated like a celebrity. It is an industrial area and so not used to many tourists. I might not fare as well, though, unless I swithc to my maiden name for the trip.

Anne-Berit said...

Interresting story,and a great G-post:o)

ellen b. said...

Well Gordon, it's fabulous that you have a photo of yourself in Gordon! Interesting history too. Have a Great Day!

Lilli & Nevada said...

How clever you were to think of this Good G post

Petunia said...

Cool!
Great post!

Andrea said...

Interesting post.

Helena said...

Gordon in Gordon! LOL!

My sister lives over there, in ELizabeth.

Neva said...

The disappointments we face in life!! Nice choice for "G"!

Dragonstar said...

That's such a fun post! What a shame about the ruins.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

It's probably Thursday where you are now but I am glad I stopped by you have been posting some great pictures.

Diana said...

Imagine having a town named after you. a shame its in ruins already!

Jan said...

It must be nice to be famous. I liked the history lesson. thanks.

alicesg said...

Gordon in Gordon, yeah....sounds fantastic. :)

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Well done!! Interesting story and a great G:)
Have a nice day:)

DeeMom said...

Neat post and wonderful information

Kerri said...

What a neat post!

BumbleVee said...

Now that you are famous...do we have to salute and call you Mister? lol..........