Bradman Scrapbooks Index

The material in the scrapbooks was collected by Sir Donald Bradman and his family throughout his playing career. From 1967 to 1972 a joint project was undertaken between Sir Donald and the State Library of South Australia to copy this material and place it into 52 green leather bound scrapbooks made by the Library's Bindery. A copy of the scrapbooks was later presented to the National Library of Australia.

Each volume of the scrapbooks holds between 114 and 400 pages, and for this website Library staff have selected approximately 16 pages from each scrapbook for digitising. The selections cover the important events in Sir Donald's cricketing career, as well as giving a picture of the other activities associated with playing cricket in Australia and overseas off the field. The selections also include a sample of the material in various formats, such as newspaper clippings, photographs, letters and telegrams.

Volume 1: 1925-26, 1926-27, 1927-28

Bowral; debut for New South Wales.

Volume 2: 1928-29

Early season matches lead to Test selection for the first time for the First Test against England in Brisbane, up to Fifth Test.

Volume 3: 1929-30

World record score of 452 in first class cricket, and selection for the tour of England.

Volume 4: 1930 Australian tour of England

Australian Tour of England - up to match against Cambridge.

Volume 5: 1930 Australian tour of England

Australian Tour of England - First Test at Trent Bridge and Second Test at Lords

Volume 6: 1930 Australian tour of England

Australian Tour of England - Third Test at Headingley and Fourth Test at Old Trafford

Volume 7: 1930 Australian tour of England

Australian Tour of England - Fifth Test at The Oval and rest of tour

Volume 8: 1930 Australian tour of England

Australian Tour of England - diary of the tour

Volume 9: 1930 Australian tour of England

Australian Tour of England - diary of the tour

Volume 10: 1930 The 50 Pound Fine

The 50 fine; Don Bradman's book serialised; poses of batting and bowling; reviews of book; 11 articles for The referee.

Volume 11: 1930-31

Test matches against the West Indies and a tour of north Queensland

Volume 12: 1931

The Accrington story - Bradman's refusal of a Lancashire league contract determined his continuing amateur career

Volume 13: 1931-32

Tour of country districts of New South Wales; grade and Shield matches, and the Test series against South Africa; 100 in three overs.

Volume 14: 1932 Tour of Canada and the USA

Tour of Canada and the United States of America

Volume 15: 1932 Tour of Canada and the USA

Tour of Canada and the United States of America, including a visit to Hollywood

Volume 16: 1932-33

The Bodyline series; Sheffield Shield and second-class matches

Volume 17: 1933-34

Last season as NSW player; 20 hints on how to play cricket; contracts with Hodgett's & SACA

Volume 18: 1934

Australian tour of England - all matches prior to first Test

Volume 19: 1934

Australian tour of England - First Test at Trent Bridge, Second Test at Lords, Third Test at Old Trafford, and matches prior to Fourth Test.

Volume 20: 1934

Australian tour of England - Fourth Test at Headingley, including score of 304

Volume 21: 1934

Australian tour of England - Fifth Test at the Oval including score of 244, and all matches up to end of tour

Volume 22: 1934

Australian tour of England - voyage, on tour, operation and convalescence in England, Scotland and Continent.

Volume 23: 1935-36

A new home and a new job in Adelaide and a return to fitness and form; district matches; Sheffield Shield scores of 357 and 369.

Volume 24: 1936-37

Captains Rest of Australia against Australia in Testimonial; Captains Australia against England; First Test in Brisbane.

Volume 25: 1936-37

Second Test in Sydney; Third Test in Melbourne; rumours of disharmony in team.

Volume 26: 1936-37

MCC against South Australia; Fourth Test in Adelaide; Shield matches.

Volume 27: 1936-37

Fifth Test in Melbourne; last Shield game of season.

Volume 28: 1937-38

Shield season; Richardson-Grimmett Testimonial; selection for England a third time; Australians against Tasmania and Western Australia; some club games.

Volume 29: Reflections up to 1938.

Reflections up to 1938: extracts from life story written for News of the world prior to 1938 tour of England; reviews of My cricketing life

Volume 30: 1938

Australian Tour of England from usual opening at Worcester

Volume 31: 1938

Australian Tour of England - First Test at Trent Bridge, Second Test at Lords, Third Test washed out in Manchester

Volume 32: 1938

Australian Tour of England - furore over wife ban; Fourth Test at Headingley, Fifth Test at The Oval; all matches to end of tour

Volume 33: 1938

Australian Tour of England - diary extracts from journey and tour of England

Volume 34: 1938-39, 1939-40

Sheffield Shield; club cricket; Melbourne Cricket Club Centenary match

Volume 35: 1940-41, 1945-46

War enlistment; illness; back to civilian life and a tentative resumption of cricket; several state services matches; articles by Neville Cardus on Tests between 1920 and 1939.

Volume 36: 1946-47

Resumption of post-war Tests; would Bradman play? First Test against England in Brisbane.

Volume 37: 1946-47

Second Test at Sydney; Bradman's leg injury and gastric problems

Volume 38: 1946-47

Third Test in Melbourne

Volume 39: 1946-47

Fourth Test in Adelaide and Fifth Test in Sydney

Volume 40: 1947-48

Bradman's 100th century in first class cricket; First Test against India in Brisbane, Second Test in Sydney

Volume 41: 1947-48

Third Test against India in Melbourne, Fourth Test in Adelaide, Fifth Test in Melbourne; Selection of team for England

Volume 42: 1948

Australian Tour of England - matches against Worcester, Leicester and Surrey

Volume 43: 1948

Australian Tour of England - matches against Essex and MCC up to Sussex.

Volume 44: 1948

Australian Tour of England - First Test at Trent Bridge; match against Yorkshire

Volume 45: 1948

Australian Tour of England - Second Test at Lords, Third Test at Old Trafford, matches against Surrey and Middlesex

Volume 46: 1948

Australian Tour of England - Fourth Test at Headingley, matches against Derbyshire, Warwickshire, Lancashire

Volume 47: 1948

Australian Tour of England - Fifth Test at The Oval; matches to end of tour

Volume 48: 1948

The end of an era: behind the scenes on tour of England

Volume 49: 1949

The King honours cricket: press cuttings, letters, telegrams about the knighthood

Volume 50: 1949

The King honours cricket: press cuttings, letters, telegrams about the knighthood

Volume 51: 1949

The King honours cricket: press cuttings, letters, telegrams about the knighthood

Volume 52: 1948-49

Bradman Testimonial Match at the MCG; Kippax/Oldfield Testimonial Match in Adelaide; Arthur Richardson Testimonial Match in Adelaide; Reviews of Farewell to cricket