Descriptions and images of the items in The Bradman Collection

A copy of these images may be made for private use, but any further publication requires the permission of the State Library.

Cricket bats

Ceramics

Newspaper banners

Miniature bats

Silver

Newspaper feature article

Cricket balls

Artworks

Posters

Stumps

Architectural plan

Photographs

Cricket apparel

Mementos

Sound recordings

Equipment

Scorecards printed on silk

Videorecordings

Cricket bats

Bat used by Bradman in scoring his first Test century, England vs Australia, Melbourne, 2 January 1929.

William Sykes bat used by Bradman in scoring 340 not out for N.S.W. vs Victoria, 25 January 1929 (the then highest score made on the Sydney Cricket Ground).

First Don Bradman bat ever made. Used by Don Bradman in making a record score for the St George District Club, 187, Sydney 1929-30.

Bat used by Bradman in scoring the then world record score in first-class cricket of 452 not out, N.S.W. vs Queensland, Sydney, January 1930. Writing in My cricketing life, (London: Hutchinson, 1930) Bradman says of this bat: "It was a beauty, but not quite so sweet as the other, (which scored 334 in 1930) possibly because it had an extraordinarily wide grain. I frequently find that sweetness and a narrow grain go hand in hand."

Bat used by Bradman in scoring 1,000 runs before the end of May, English tour, 1930.

Bat used by Bradman in scoring the then world record score in Test Cricket, 334, Australia vs England, Third Test, Leeds, July 1930. Writing in My cricketing life, (London: Hutchinson, 1930) Bradman says: "The best bat I ever had was the one I used when I made my record score of 334 against England at Leeds in 1930. It had that indefinable something about it which made up (for me) perfect balance and apparently unlimited power."

Bat used by Bradman to make a record Test score of 223, Australia vs West Indies, Third Test Brisbane January 1931.

Bat used by Bradman to make a record score of 226, Australia vs South Africa, First Test Brisbane November/December 1931.

Bat used by Bradman in scoring his 100th century in first-class cricket, against India, Sydney Cricket Ground, November 1947.

Commemorative bat autographed by team members of the Centenary Test between England and Australia, Melbourne Cricket Ground, March 1977. (No. 161 of 250 made by Slazenger Australia)

Wooden cricket bat stand to hold seven bats.

Miniature bats

Trophy presented to Bradman in Hobart, March 1930, for making the then world record score in first-class cricket of 452 not out. Bat made of Tasmanian fiddle-back blackwood with a solid gold map of Tasmania inscribed with 452 in an oval underneath.

Bat with facsimile signatures, English touring team to Australia, 1936-37.

Bat with facsimile signatures, New Zealand team of 1937.

Len Hutton bat with facsimile signatures of English and Australian players, England 1948.

Bat with facsimile signatures, Australian touring team in England, 1948.

Bat with facsimile signatures, Australian team, 1948.

Bat with laminated inlay of Australian woods (no date).

Bat with facsimile signatures, Australian team, Centenary Test at Lord's, 1980.

Bat with facsimile signatures, English team, Centenary Test at Lord's, 1980.

Bat with facsimile signatures, Australian touring team, England 1981.

Cricket balls

Ball used in match New South Wales vs Barrier team, Broken Hill, December 1927: Bradman's first game with a New South Wales Sheffield Shield Team. Ball is the old regulation size.

Ball used in match Australia vs England, Second Test, Sydney, December 1928.

Ball used in Third Test, Australia vs England, Melbourne, 1929. Presented to Bradman on making his first Test century.

A new unused Duke & Son ball, an example of the craftsmanship and type of ball used around 1930.

Ball used in match, Australia vs West Indies, Third Test, Brisbane, 1931.

Ball used in Test trial match, Australia vs The Rest, October 1936. Bradman captained The Rest.

Ball presented by the Scottish Cricket Union to commemorate Bradman's last innings for Australia in Great Britain, Aberdeen, September 1948.

Stumps

Used in Fourth Test, Australia vs England, Adelaide, 1947.

Small oval drinks table, fiddle-back blackwood top, incorporating three stumps from Bradman matches. L-R : Fifth Test, Australia vs England 1929; Fifth Test, Australia vs South Africa, Melbourne 1932; Fourth Test, Australia vs England, Adelaide 1937.

Cricket apparel

1948 "Baggy Green"

New South Wales blazer, blue, insignia on pocket.

South Australian blazer, red and gold stripes on navy. Insignia on pocket.

South Australian blazer, navy with red and gold piping. Insignia on pocket.

Australian XI blazer, green, insignia on pocket, 1946-47.

Australian XI jumper. Cream wool, cable pattern with green and gold band on collar, sleeves and waist band, size 36.

Cream flannels, DAKS - Simpson of Piccadilly (London).

Pair of cricket boots worn by Bradman at the end of his career.

Pair of cricket pads, J.B. Hobbs type.

Equipment

"Royal" portable typewriter presented to Don Bradman in 1934 and used for personal work while on tour.

Grundig TK 5 tape-recorder and microphone bought in London in 1948. For the next 40 years Bradman used it to record practice runs of his very entertaining speeches.

Ceramics

English Minton china jug. Made to commemorate the sesquicentenary of the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1937.

Vase presented to Don Bradman in 1938 by the Directors of the Royal Worcester Porcelain Company to commemorate his scoring three consecutive double centuries on the Worcester ground. The front panel features a painting by ceramic artist Harry Davis, depicting Bradman at the crease and Worcester Cathedral in the background. 38cm high including base.

Blue-green glaze Toby jug with Bradman head and cricket bat/ball as handle.

Toby jug with Bradman head, white glaze face with colour on cap. Marutomoware, Japan.

Oval plaque depicting George Duckworth, English cricketer.

Oval plaque depicting (Sir) Jack Hobbs, English cricketer.

Toby jug, brown glaze, with caricature head of Bradman. No. 1 of a limited edition of 3,000, Bendigo Pottery, Victoria.

Silver

Replica of a Buddhist temple at Kandy, Sri Lanka. Presented to Bradman by S.P. Foenanda, Sports Editor of The Ceylon Observer, on behalf of cricket lovers in Ceylon, 18 October 1930. 18cm high.

Trophy of bat, stumps and ball mounted on black base. Won by Bradman for scoring the fastest 50 runs (73 minutes) in the 1932-33 series, Adelaide, England vs Australia, January 1933. Made by T. Pearch, Sydney.

Trophy presented to Bradman by 'cricket lovers of Britain' in 1948. A silver replica of the antique Roman marble vase at Warwick Castle, it was purchased following a public subscription sponsored by The People newspaper. 50cm high.

Artworks

Portrait (framed) in oils of Bradman at the wicket, c.1938. by J.C. Goodhart. 87 x 56.5cm.

Caricature of Bradman's personality and cricketing profile by an artist from the English News of the World newspaper, 1930. 36.5 x 49cm.

Sketch (framed) of Don Bradman by Australian cartoonist Arthur Mailey, 1930s.

Reproduction (framed) of a painting of the Adelaide Oval by John Goodchild, 1952. (Original presented by the S.A.C.A. to the Imperial Cricketers' Memorial Gallery, Lord's Ground, London 1952.) 44 x 58cm.

Oil painting of the Sydney Cricket Ground, 'From the Hill' by Wesley Walters, 65 x 142cm. Inscription on brass plaque: 'Presented by N.S.W.C.A., October 1982. Don Bradman scores the single that gives him 100 first-class centuries Nov. 15 1947.'

Architectural plan

Plans and elevations of new residence for D.G. Bradman drawn by Philip R. Claridge F.R.I.B.A., F.R.A.I.A., architect, April 1935. 58 x 70cm. [Not available as yet for legal reasons.]

Mementos

Photograph card from a collector's series, issued by 'Giant' Brand Licorice, c.1928.

Embroidered panel (framed) depicting the insignia of the Indian Test Cricket Touring Team to Australia, 1947-48. 22.5 x 21.5cm.

Souvenir programme cover from the 200th match played between England and Australia, 1968.

Semicircular hooked woollen rug depicting the Australian Test Cricket insignia on a green background, 1948. 91 x 172cm.

Cast of Sir Donald Bradman's right hand, moulded in plastic with a bronze-like finish, by K.P. Polis, 1973.

Glass plaque presented to Sir Donald Bradman, signifying his inclusion among the sportspeople honoured in the New SouthWales Government Hall of Champions, Sports House, Sydney, 1979.

Commemorative album made for Sir Donald Bradman following the luncheon and presentation of the Warwick vase at the Savoy Hotel, London, on 20 September 1948. The text of all the speeches, photographs of people present, the programme/menu with signatures of the Australian cricket team, and a seating plan of the luncheon are included in the album.

Bust of Sir Donald Bradman by Arturo Comelli (1900-1975). It was sculpted in 1971 from a mixture of pink marble dust and cement and based on photographs of Bradman. It was exhibited in Edmund Wright House in King William Street during the campaign to save the building from redevelopment. The sculptor had worked on the stone carvings on the extensions to the Parliament House building in North Terrace in 1939.

Scorecards printed on silk

Surrey County Cricket Club, Kennington Oval, England vs Australia, 6 September 1880.

Surrey County Cricket Club, Kennington Oval, England vs Australia, 16 August 1930.

Fourth Test at Leeds, July 1930, when Bradman made the then world record Test score of 334.

Australia vs Gloucestershire, 1968 Tour of England, Lord's Ground, London, England vs Australia (200th match) 20-25 June 1968.

Newspaper banners

The Star : 'Don Declares'.

The Star : 'Bradman : New Role'.

Unnamed newspaper : 'Bradman : Cricket Wizard', 15 January 1930.

Evening News : 'Bradman v. England', 17 June 1930.

The Star : 'Bradman World Beater' (July 1930).

Eastern Daily Press : 'Bradman versus England', 12 July 1930.

Cape Times : 'Bradman', 12 July 1930.

The Natal Mercury : 'Bradman versus England', 12 July 1930.

The Star : 'He's Out', 20 August 1930.

Herald : 'What England thinks of Bradman', 2 September 1931.

Herald : 'Bradman says "Wait and see" ', 3 September 1931.

Truth : 'Bradman is going to England!', 6 September 1931.

Evening Standard : 'Bradman Not Out - of Australia', October 1931.

Mid-Day Standard : 'Bradman decides (official)', October 1931.

Mid-Day Standard : 'Bradman's cable to...', 27 October 1931.

Evening News : 'Bradman's decision', 30 October 1931.

Evening News : 'Bradman 0', 9 May 1934.

Evening News : 'Bradman bats and bats and bats', 21 July 1934.

The News : 'Son to Mr. & Mrs. Bradman', October 1936.

Evening News : 'Bradman laffs and laffs', 5 January 1937.

Evening News : 'What Allen & Bradman said about it', 3 March 1937.

Herald : 'Arise, Sir Donald', 13 March 1949.

The Australian : 'Bradman picks his all-time Test Team', 22 July 1971.

The News : 'Vorster hits at Bradman - Footy Training', 15 September 1971.

The Advertiser : 'Night of the Don', 6 October 1987.

Newspaper feature article

The West Australian : 'The Legend and the Man', 27 August 1981 (photographic copy).

Posters

Promotional poster produced by Palmers, radio station 2UE and Associated Newspapers, Bradman's sponsors: 'We've kept him here for you', c.1932.

Cinema poster: 'Don Bradman - How I play cricket', early 1930s.

Photographs

Most of these photographs feature Sir Donald and mainly date from 1927 to 1975. The photographers are not known. The names of people in the group photographs are given on the captions to the images and read from left to right. The photographs are listed here in chronological order.

Photograph of rare cricket print: 'Match between All England and 22 of Ballarat, 1862'. Date taken not known.

Group of country players taken at Bowral, N.S.W., including Don Bradman, his father and uncles George and Dick Whatman, c.1927.

Australian Aboriginal Cricketers - first team to tour England. Original composite photograph taken by P. Dawson, Hamilton, Victoria c.1868. Inscription at bottom: 'To J.R. Moreton, Esq., with compliments from A. Smith 26-10-1927'. An accompanying sheet has the players' names corresponding to the layout of the photograph.

New South Wales Cricket Association, Southern Tour, December 1927.

Portrait photograph of Don Bradman by Sidney Riley, 1928. 90 x 59cm.

Bowral identities taken at Berrima Gaol, including Don Bradman, his parents, brother Victor and Uncle George Whatman, 1928.

Australian team, Second Test, England vs Australia, Sydney, 14-20 December 1928.

Sheffield Shield Team, Adelaide, January 1929.

Sheffield Shield XI, Queensland, November 1929.

Sheffield Shield Team, Southern Tour, 1929-30.

Touring country team, members selected from Sydney clubs, c.1930.

Sheffield Shield Team, Southern Tour, 1930

Don Bradman in London, 1930.

Loseby Park opening, Bowral. Victor, George and Don Bradman are among the nine people in the photograph, c.1930.

S.P. Foenanda, Sports Editor of the Ceylon Observer, with Bill Woodfull's son and Don Bradman in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), October 1930. Bradman is holding the silver replica of the Sri Lankan temple at Kandy.

West Indies Test Cricket Team, Australian Tour, 1930-31.

St George vs Northern District, Hurstville Oval, 31 January 1931. Bradman's picture in inset at right of photograph.

Alan Kippax Touring Team, September 1931.

Composite photograph, commemorating the opening of the new cricket oval, St Stanislaus College, 16-17 March 1932. Other people in photograph include Arthur Mailey (artist) and Jim Bancks (creator of "Ginger Meggs")

Adelaide Oval, Third Test, England vs Australia, 13-19 January 1933. Attendance statistics: 13 January: 39,301; 14 January: 50,962; total for Test: 174,351.

Australian XI, Fifth Test, Sydney, England vs Australia (Bodyline Series), 23 February 1933.

N.S.W. Sheffield Shield Team, Brisbane, November 1933.

African children playing cricket. Caption: 'No bodyline here'. c.1933.

N.S.W. Sheffield Shield Team, Southern Tour, 1933-34.

N.S.W. Sheffield Shield Team, N.S.W. vs Victoria, Sydney, January 1934.

Sheffield Shield Competition, 1935-36. South Australian Team, winner of Shield, Don Bradman captain.

Australian XI, Second Test, Sydney, December 1936

Don Bradman, 1930s.

Worcester Cricket Ground with Worcester Cathedral. Don Bradman at the crease, his score of 258 was made on 30 April 1938. The Worcester Vase painting by Harry Davis was copied from this photograph.

Donald and Jessie Bradman being received by Governor Sir Willoughby Norrie and Lady Norrie at Government House garden party April 1946.

Australian XI, First Test , Brisbane, Australia vs England, 29 November - 5 December 1946.

Australian XI, Second Test, Sydney, Australia vs England, 13 - 19 December, 1946.

The M.C.C. Team, 1946-47. Caption : 'Gripu' Trousers. The Choice of Champions...as worn by the M.C.C. Team.' Includes team members' signatures.

Australian XI, Fourth Test, Adelaide, Australia vs England, January-February 1947.

Australian XI, Australia vs India, Sydney, 14-18 November 1947.

Australian XI, Australia vs India, 1947-48.

Australian XI, Fourth Test, Adelaide, Australia vs India, January 1948.

Photographs from a commemmorative album made for Don Bradman by The people newspaper as a souvenir of the luncheon and presentation of the Warwick Vase at the Savoy Hotel, London on Monday 20 September 1948. The 28 images include people such as the Earl of Gowrie, Viscount Nuffield, Sir Pelham Warner, members of the Australian team, and current and former English players such as Wilfred Rhodes, A P F Chapman and Maurice Tate.

Team in Don Bradman's Testimonial Match, Melbourne, December 1948.

Don Bradman's Testimonial Match, Bradman's vs Hassett's, (both teams), Melbourne, 3-7 December 1948.

South African Touring Cricket Team for Australia - New Zealand, 1952-53. Includes players' autographs.

First Test Australia v West Indies Brisbane 1960. Last Australian batsman (Meckiff) run out second last ball of last over of match and the match ending in a tie.

Twenty third Australian Touring Team, Richie Benaud captain, 1961.

Australian Board of Control for International Cricket Meeting in V.C.A.'s Rooms, Melbourne, 30-31 December 1963.

World XI Team Tour of Australia, 1971-72.

Group photograph taken at the Hilton Hotel, London, when Sir Donald Bradman was a guest of the Lord's Taverners and the Anglo-American Sporting Club. Group includes members of the English team who played against Bradman in his last match at the Oval in 1948. Includes autographs of all people in photograph. 1974.

Australian Cricket Board representatives, September 1975.

Sound recordings

These 48 speeches, interviews and other recordings were made by or given to Sir Donald Bradman over the years. The recordings are held in the J.D. Somerville Oral History Collection of the State Library of South Australia. While not not part of the exhibition, cassette tape copies have been made for listening in the Somerville Reading Room in the Library.

The sound recordings are listed here in chronological order with undated items at the end.

Radio program of excerpts of cricket match commentaries
A recording by the ABC which combines the commentary of the last minutes of the Third Test between Australia and England in Melbourne during January 1937 with a summary description of the match by a commentator, followed by an excerpt from the Fifth Test in Melbourne which features Don Bradman's century and dismissal. 16 minutes. (OH 29/20)

Address by Donald Bradman
An ABC recording of Donald Bradman's speech as captain of the Australian cricket team following winning the Ashes in 1937. 3 minutes. (OH 29/6)

Address by Donald Bradman
A live recording, probably by the ABC, of Donald Bradman's speech in Melbourne at the official function marking the departure of the Australian team for the 1938 tour of England. 15 minutes. (OH 29/7)

Addresses by Sydney Smith and Donald Bradman
An ABC radio recording in 1947 of speeches made on the occasion of Donald Bradman making his one hundredth century in a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Sidney Smith of the New South Wales Cricket Association congratulates Don Bradman on his achievement and Don Bradman replies. 11 minutes (OH 29/24)

Address by Donald Bradman
A recording of a speech made by Donald Bradman for the ABC on the occasion of his retirement as a cricket player in December 1948. 12 minutes (OH 29/9)

Address by Donald Bradman
Donald Bradman's speech at the Cricket Writers' Dinner in London, 23 April 1948, was broadcast by the BBC and recorded from a short wave radio signal in Sydney. Don Bradman's speech covers a variety of topics including the relations between journalism and cricket and Australian and English cricket, and announces the end of his playing career. 15 minutes (OH 29/8)

Address by Sir Donald Bradman
An ABC recording of comments made by Sir Donald Bradman on his return from the Imperial Cricket Conference in London, 1960. He refers to the current bowling controversy. 2 minutes (OH 29/10)

Radio program about the Australia-West Indies test series 1960/61
An unidentified radio program about the test series between Australia and the West Indies during the summer 1960/61. Speeches are made by Sir Donald Bradman, Frank Worrell and Richie Benaud and the teams are introduced. These speeches are also included on OH 29/22. Another, more polished, program on this subject is contained on OH 29/27 ca.1961. 40 minutes (OH 29/21)

Radio program "Cricket reborn"
A radio program written, produced and narrated by Peter MacGregor about the test series between Australia and the West Indies in Australia during the summer 1960/61. The program includes excerpts from match commentaries and focuses on the revival of public interest in cricket as a spectator sport brought about by this exciting series. ca.1961. 28 minutes (OH 29/27)

Addresses by Sir James Irwin, Bert Shard, Sir Donald Bradman, Mike Smith and S. C. Griffith 1965
A recording of the official reception at the Adelaide Town Hall for the touring English cricket team in November 1965. The recording includes Sir Donald Bradman's full speech, Marylebone Cricket Club Captain, Mike Smith's response (except the introduction of the team) and MCC Secretary and Team Manager, S. C. Griffith's full speech. 20 minutes (OH 29/23)

Interview with Sir Donald Bradman
A recording of an interview by Brian Johnston of the BBC with Sir Donald Bradman in Melbourne, February 1966. Topics include Sir Donald's working and family life, his other sporting interests and his opinions about modern cricket. 13 minutes (OH 29/1)

Address by Sir Donald Bradman
A recording made by Sir Donald Bradman in his home of a speech he made at the South Australian Hotel when presenting the Golden Peanut Award for Cricketer of the Year on 31 May 1967. The speech focuses on the value of cricket to Australia's international reputation, whether or not touring teams win series, and a denunciation of the section of the sporting press which brands such tours as failures. ca.1967. 28 minutes (OH 29/11)

Address by Sir Donald Bradman
A recording made by Sir Donald Bradman in his home of a speech he made at John Martin's to the South Australian Cricket Association Centenary Dinner on 23 October 1971. The theme of the address is the history of cricket in South Australia. 38 minutes (OH 29/17)

Interview with Sir Donald Bradman
A recording of an interview by Peter Sellers, a New Zealand broadcaster, with Sir Donald Bradman at the Clarendon Hotel, Christchurch in 1971. The interview ranges over Sir Donald's career. Excerpts of this interview are included in the radio programme contained on OH 29/26. 17 minutes (OH 29/2)

Address by Sir Donald Bradman
A recording made by Sir Donald Bradman in his home of a speech he made to the Wanderers' Cricket Club in Wellington, New Zealand in November 1971. The topics included range widely over cricketing history, Sir Donald's career and current cricket administration and problems. ca.1971. 25 minutes (OH 29/13)

Address by Sir Donald Bradman
A recording made by Sir Donald Bradman in his home of a speech he made at the Murray Halberg Trust Dinner at Napier, New Zealand in November 1971 to raise funds for the Crippled Children's Association. Topics include Sir Donald's contact with New Zealand over the years, his personal appreciation of the evening's cause and an overview of cricketing contacts between Australia and New Zealand. ca.1971. 27 minutes (OH 29/14)

Address by Sir Donald Bradman
A recording made by Sir Donald Bradman in his home of a speech he made to the Australian Cricket Board of Control Dinner in Melbourne in December 1971. The dinner was attended by the touring World XI and the Australian team as well as sponsors and media. Topics include the concept of World XI tours, the cancellation of the South African team tour, and the future of cricket. ca.1971. 28 minutes (OH 29/12)

Interview with Sir Donald Bradman
A recording of an interview by Brian Johnston of Britain with Sir Donald Bradman following the final international match between Australia and the World XI in 1972. Topics include the idea of a World Cup for cricket and recent changes to cricketing rules. 14 minutes (OH 29/3)

Address by Sir Donald Bradman
A live recording of a speech made by Sir Donald Bradman to the Australian Cricket Society in Melbourne, 1973. Topics range widely over cricketing history with particular reference to illogical comparisons made between different periods in which the game has been played. 39 minutes (OH 29/15)

Interview with Hugh Millard
A copy of the program in the ABC radio series "Now in retirement" which featured Hugh Millard. Mr Millard looks back on his involvement with football and cricket in South Australia, comments upon Sir Donald Bradman's career, and describes his own activities in retirement. 1973. 20 minutes (OH 29/29)

Address by Sir Donald Bradman
A live recording of a speech made by Sir Donald Bradman to the Adelaide Rotary Club in September 1974. Topics range widely over personal anecdotes and cricketing history with particular reference to illogical comparisons made between different periods in which the game has been played. 28 minutes (OH 29/16)

Address by Sir Donald Bradman
A recording of a speech made by Sir Donald Bradman at the London Hilton Hotel to a dinner of the Lords Taverners and the Anglo-American Sporting Club. Sir Donald recounts many humorous anecdotes about the game and personalities of cricket. 1974. 25 minutes (OH 29/35)

Interview with Sir Donald Bradman
A recording of an interview by Neil Durden Smith in London, possibly for the BBC, with Sir Donald Bradman in 1974. The interview concerns Sir Donald's cricketing career and includes comments about cricket of the day. 22 minutes (OH 29/4)

Addresses by David Wood, Sir Donald Bradman, Jack Chegwyn and Bill O'Reilly
A recording of speeches made by Sir Donald Bradman and others at a dinner at Bowral, New South Wales, on the occasion of the opening of the Bradman Oval. The opening speech is made by Bowral's Mayor, David Wood, who refers to many of the guests. Sir Donald Bradman then speaks followed by Jack Chegwyn and Bill O'Reilly. 1976. 45 minutes (OH 29/36)

Addresses by Bob Parish, Freddy Brown and Sir Donald Bradman
A recording of speeches made at the official dinner at the Melbourne Hilton Hotel on 14 March 1977 to celebrate the centenary of test cricket between Australia and England. Sir Donald Bradman takes as his theme the history of test cricket between Australia and England. 1 hour 2 minutes (OH 29/37)

Address by Sir Donald Bradman
A recording of a speech made by Sir Donald Bradman to the South Australian Cricket Association Umpires' Dinner on 23 March 1977 on the occasion of the inaugural Bradman Medal presentation. The theme of the speech is the history of test cricket between Australia and England. 40 minutes. (OH 29/38)

Radio program about Sir Donald Bradman
An ABC Radio program made as a tribute to Sir Donald Bradman upon his 70th birthday and probably broadcast on 27 August 1978. The program contains many excerpts of interviews and match commentaries to illustrate Sir Donald's career. The linking commentary is by Alan McGilvray. 12 minutes (OH 29/25)

Radio program "The Don Bradman story"
A Radio New Zealand program made by Peter Sellers in 1978 about the career of Sir Donald Bradman. The program contains excerpts from the interview with Sir Donald contained on OH 29/2. 6 minutes (OH 29/26)

Radio program about Sir Donald Bradman
A BBC Radio program made as a tribute to Sir Donald Bradman upon his 70th birthday. The program contains many excerpts of interviews to illustrate Sir Donald's career, particularly in regards to tests against England. The commentary is by Michael Kennedy of the Daily Telegraph. 1978. 30 minutes (OH 29/42)

Addresses by Alan Davidson, Sir Roden Cutler, Tim Caldwell, Sir Donald Bradman and Ted Harris.
A recording of speeches made by Sir Donald Bradman and others to The Primary Club of Australia at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney on the occasion of the reunion of the 1948 Australian cricket team. Most of the speeches focus on the achievements of the 1948 team and draw comparisons with the other celebrated Australian touring teams of 1902 and 1921. 1979. 1 hour 30 minutes (OH 29/39)

Address by Sir Donald Bradman.
A recording of a speech made by Sir Donald Bradman in Melbourne at a luncheon to commemorate the inaugural induction of sporting greats to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, instituted by the Federation of Australian Sport. Sir Donald's brief speech concentrates upon the attributes he believes mark a great athlete, or indeed any person. 1985. 13 minutes (OH 29/40)

Addresses by Don Beard, Ian McLachlan, Sir Donald Bradman, Alan McGilvray and Alan Jones.
A recording of speeches made on 24 January 1986 at the Hilton Hotel at the inaugural dinner of Lords Taverners Australia in South Australia. The opening speaker, Dr Don Beard, explains the origin of the Lords Taverners in England in 1949 and the organisation of a similar society in Australia. Sir Donald Bradman makes a presentation to Mr McGilvray. The guest speaker, Alan Jones, coach of the Australian Rugby Union team, gives a motivational speech based on his coaching experiences. 1986. 1 hour 25 minutes (OH 29/41)

Addresses by Richie Benaud, Alan Jones, Bob Hawke, Sir Donald Bradman and others.
A recording of the dinner at Adelaide Oval on 5 October 1987 on the occasion of the launch of the publication The Bradman albums. Speakers include Richie Benaud, former Australian cricket captain and commentator; Alan Jones, coach of the Australian Rugby Union team; Bob Hawke, Prime Minister and Sir Donald Bradman. 2 hours 15 minutes (OH 29/47)

Addresses by Norman May, Bob Somervaille, Jim Kirk and Sir Donald Bradman.
A recording of the launch of the ABC Radio documentary "Bradman - The Don declares" at the ABC, Collinswood on 13 July 1987. The event is hosted by Norman May. Sir Donald Bradman speaks about why he agreed to become involved in the series of programs. 25 minutes (OH 29/33)

Radio program "Bradman - The Don declares".
A series of eight documentary radio programs on the cricketing life of Sir Donald Bradman which were broadcast on the ABC during the summer of 1987-88. Each 55 minutes program is based upon interviews with Sir Donald by Norman May which are augmented with quotes and extracts from interviews with many of the famous personalities who played with and against Sir Donald during his first-class career. The documentary was also marketed commercially by the ABC. 1987-1988. 7 hours 20 minutes (OH 29/34)

Radio program about Sir Donald Bradman.
A BBC Radio program made as a tribute to Sir Donald Bradman upon his 80th birthday. The program contains many excerpts of interviews and match commentaries to illustrate Sir Donald's career. 1988. 25 minutes (OH 29/43)

Address by Sir Donald Bradman.
A recording of a speech made by Sir Donald Bradman on the occasion of a dinner held by the South Australian Cricket Association to celebrate his 80th birthday. Sir Donald speaks with humour about the effects of fame upon his life; his recent activities including the publication of The Bradman albums and the production of the ABC radio documentary "Bradman - The Don declares"; the letters written to him for his birthday and his philosophy of sport. 1988. 25 minutes (OH 29/44)

Radio interview with Wendell Bill.
A recording of a radio program for "CR Saturday" featuring an interview with Wendell Bill who was at the non-striker's end when Don Bradman scored 100 runs in three overs in a match between Blackheath and Lithgow in 1931. Mr Bill speaks about Bradman's career and modern cricket. ca.1988. 10 minutes (OH 29/46)

Address and piano recitals by Donald Bradman and an address by Jessie Bradman.
A tape recording made from a record produced in Britain containing several items. The first is "How it's done - a friendly chat by Sir Donald Bradman" in which he answers a set of frequently asked questions that had apparently been provided by the British public prior to the recording. The second is Donald Bradman playing two piano solos: "An old fashioned locket" and "Our bungalow of dreams". The third, which sounds not to be reproduced from a record, is a one minute address by Jessie Bradman to Australian radio listeners at a time that the Australian cricket team was touring England. nd. 7 minutes (OH 29/19

Address by Sir Donald Bradman.
A recording made by Sir Donald Bradman in his home of a speech he made to the Australian Institute of Management. Sir Donald highlights the difficulties involved in administrating and promoting cricket and draws comparisons with the business world. No date. 23 minutes (OH 29/18)

Radio program about Sir Donald Bradman.
A recording of a BBC Radio program about the Australian cricket team's 1930 tour of England which was Don Bradman's first tour of England. The program includes reminiscences of English cricketers and commentators about the Australian team and comments by Sir Donald. No date. 26 minutes (OH 29/45)

Radio program "Talking Cricket".
Recordings of a series of twelve 14 minute radio programs produced by Radio RSA, South Africa entitled "Talking cricket". Each program focuses on a particular cricket ground and features excerpts of interviews with players speaking about the grounds and matches played on them. nd. 2 hours 50 minutes (OH 29/48)

Radio program excerpts about 1960/61 cricket test series.
A recording by the ABC which combines the final moments of the commentary of the Fifth test between Australia and the West Indies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during the summer 1960/61, with the speeches made by Sir Donald Bradman, Frank Worrell and Richie Benaud after the match at which time the inaugural Frank Worrell trophy was presented to the victorious Australian team. This material is also included on OH 29/21. No date. 16 minutes (OH 29/22)

Radio program "The Alan McGilvray story".
A Radio New Zealand program made by Peter Sellers about the career of Alan McGilvray, cricketer and cricket commentator. The program contains excerpts of interviews with Alan McGilvray. No date. 5 minutes (OH 29/28)

Addresses by Kenneth Wolstenholme, Canon Lawrence Jackson, Ian Chappell and others.
A recording of "after lunch" speeches by Kenneth Wolstenholme, Canon Lawrence Jackson and others at the Lords Taverners Lunch at the Anglo-American Club, London. The dinner was attended by Ian Chappell and the touring Australian team. Speeches consist chiefly of jokes. No date. 1 hour 17 minutes. (OH 29/32)

Address by Sir Norman Birkett read by Sir Donald Bradman.
A recording made by Sir Donald Bradman, in his home, of the Presidential Address by Sir Norman Birkett to the English Association, July 1953. Sir Donald mentions that the speech has been slightly altered and adapted by him. No date. 38 minutes (OH 29/31)

Interview with Sir Donald Bradman.
ABC staff member Bob Bower asks Sir Donald Bradman a set of prepared questions on behalf of the South African Broadcasting Corporation including: What was your most exciting test?; What innings gave you greatest satisfaction?; Which bowler did you least enjoy facing? No date. 14 minutes (OH 29/5)

Address by Humphrey Tilling.
A recording of a toast speech by Humphrey Tilling to the 40 Club in London on the occasion of its Silver Jubilee. At the time of the speech the 40 Club had a membership of over 1,700 cricketers. The topics include making speeches and growing older. No date. 14 minutes (OH 29/30)

Videorecordings

The Bradman Collection contains 23 motion picture films made between 1934 and 1949. While they are not part of the exhibition, videorecordings of the films can be viewed in the Somerville Reading Room in the State Library.

The videorecordings are listed here in chronological order with undated tapes at the end.

Cricket
Cricketing film showing play from the 1934 Test at Lords, Bradman demonstrating his batting style (some of it in slow motion), and team members laughing and relaxing. 35 minutes (PRG 682/17/154)

A ton of ashes
A history of the last one hundred years of Test matches between England and Australia, made at the time of the Centenary Test match between these two countries. Interviewers are the Captains, Greg Chappell and Tony Greig. Includes footage of Sir Donald batting and giving a speech. 1977. 50 minutes (PRG 682/17/161)

Presentation of Sir Donald Bradman's bat
A number of short segments, probably from television news programmes, showing Barry Smith from W.D. & H.O. Wills presenting Sir Donald's first cricket bat to the New South Wales Cricketers' Association, on the eve of Sir Donald's 75th birthday. The bat was used in the 1925-26 season when Bowral played Mossvale. 1983. 6 minutes (PRG 682/17/153)

Bodyline
Television series about the politics of sport. Tape 1: England was humiliated by losing the Ashes to Australia in 1930, primarily due to the brilliant batting of Donald Bradman. This tape gives the background to what was to become the most controversial episode in cricketing history and ends with the English plotting to repossess the Ashes by promoting Douglas Jardine to Captain of the English side (Douglas Jardine had suggested ways of defeating Bradman). Main actors: Gary Sweet - Donald Bradman, Hugo Weaving - Douglas Jardine, Jim Holt - Harold Larwood. 1984. 140 minutes. (PRG 682/17/146)

Bodyline
Tape 2. Begins with Douglas Jardine becoming Captain of the English team in 1931 and trying to discover any weaknesses Bradman might have, and the selection and training of fast bowlers. In the 1932-1933 Test Series played in Australia, Harold Larwood (whose bowling speed reached 160 kph) bombarded the Australian batsmen with short pitched deliveries on the leg side which aimed the ball at the line of the body - "bodyline" bowling. This was unorthodox, dangerous, but within the rules. England won the First Test, Bradman being unable to play due to a contract he had as a newspaper journalist. The tape ends with Frank Packer releasing him from the contract so he could play. 1984. 140 minutes. PRG 682/17/147.

Bodyline
Tape 3. Released from the contract with the newspaper Bradman joins the Australian team. In the second Test he was bowled first ball in the first innings. In the Second innings he scored 103 to enable Australia to win by 111 runs and level the series. 1984. 50 minutes (PRG 682/17/148)

Bodyline
Tape 4. Begins in Adelaide before the Third Test, with conflicts arising amongst the English cricket team members over the use of unsportsmanlike tactics. The Australian Captain Bill Woodfull and team member Bert Oldfield were injured through the use of the "bodyline" method in the Test and an uproar eventuated. The Australians refused to retaliate, the Australian Board of Control exchanged telegrams with the Marylebone Cricket Club and Government heads became involved. Douglas Jardine remained firm on the team's right to use the tactic as both sportsmanlike and within the rules. England regained the Ashes 4-1. In 1934 the MCC ruled the "bodyline" method as "direct attack" bowling and therefore unfair. 1984. 140 minutes (PRG 682/17/149)

Sport Australia Awards
Attended by Sir Donald Bradman and Dawn Fraser, No.1 male and female SPA inductees. Awards given by the Confederation of Australian Sport. Includes footage of a short speech given by Sir Donald. The presenter is Sandy Roberts and the venue is the Southern Cross Hotel Australis Room. 1985. 100 minutes (PRG 682/17/144..

Walter Hammond "A cricketing great".
Biography of Walter (Wally) Hammond (1903-1965), who played in 85 Test matches for England and made 50,000 runs in his cricketing career. He first played for Gloucester, later becoming skipper for the English test team. He played his last season in 1946. Consists of interviews with former sportsmen and cricketers, including Sir Donald Bradman, and footage of Hammond and Bradman playing in several test matches. 1987. 50 minutes (PRG 682/17/143)

200 not out - the story of MCC and Lords.
A history of the Marylebone Cricket Club (formed in 1787) and Lords Cricket Ground. Shows how cricket has changed over the years with changes to balls, bats and rules of the game. Includes information about Thomas Lord, the establishment of the first cricket grounds and Lords as it is known today. Various cricketers, including Sir Donald, are interviewed and footage of Sir Donald batting and Larwood bowling is shown. 1987. 60 minutes (PRG 682/17/155)

The Bradman albums.
Part one. Launch of The Bradman albums, published by Rigby, printed by Griffin Press. Officially launched by the Prime Minister Bob Hawke, speakers are Sir Donald, Richie Benaud and Alan Jones. Max Walker interviews guests, who include cricketers and sportsmen. 1987. 125 minutes (PRG 682/17/157)

The Bradman albums.
Part Two. Repeat of Bob Hawke and Sir Donald's speech at the launch of The Bradman albums from a different camera angle to part one. 1987. 50 minutes (PRG 682/17/158)

Dennis Compton 70 not out.
Biography of Dennis Compton (1918-1997), cricketer for England and soccer player for Arsenal. Long interview with Compton, and interviews with fellow cricketers, with celebrants at his 70th birthday party, and his wife. Includes footage of Compton playing in a test match against Bradman and Bradman's last innings in 1948, as well as footage of Compton playing soccer in the 1950 Cup final (Arsenal v Liverpool). 1988. 45 minutes (PRG 682/17/145)

Bicentennial Sport Australia Hall of Fame celebrations.
Wang Australia sponsored the Confederation of Australian Sport Bicentennial Hall of Fame celebration dinners (held in Sydney and Melbourne concurrently and connected via Sky Channel) where "the best single sporting performance by an Australian ever" - female and male athlete and team - was recognised. Dawn Fraser, Sir Donald Bradman and the Australia II yachting team were the recipients of the awards. Speakers included Sir Hubert Opperman, Arthur "Scobie" Breasley, Dawn Fraser, Sir Donald Bradman and John Bertrand. 1988. 120 minutes (PRG 682/17/150)

Australia's cricket glory: the video.
A history of Australian cricket from its beginnings to the present. Includes how the Ashes began and covers the "bodyline" controversy, the 1961 tied Test against the West Indies, the Centenary Test of 1977 and the tied Test against India in 1987. Also covers One Day matches, World Cup cricket and includes "classic catches". Has interviews with Alan Davidson, Greg Chappell and Allan Border. 1988. 90 minutes. (PRG 682/17/165.)

Golden greats of cricket: bowlers 1850 to the present day.
The history of bowling from 1850 to the present, describing more than 100 slow and fast bowlers and medium pacers from seven cricketing nations and including footage of Sir Donald playing cricket. 1989. 75 minutes (PRG 682/17/164)

Golden greats of cricket: batsmen from the 19th century to modern times.
A history of batsmen from 1896 to the present, from seven cricketing nations. Includes W.G. Grace, Charlie Macartney, Donald Bradman, Douglas Jardine, Bill Woodfull, Leonard Hutton, Colin Cowdrey, Garfield Sobers, Ian and Greg Chappell, Clive Lloyd, Sunil Gavaskar, Allan Border, Ian Botham, Viv Richards and many others. 1989. 88 minutes (PRG 682/17/163)

Queensland Cricketers' Club, The Sir Donald Bradman Room.
The official opening by the Governor of Queensland, Sir Walter Campbell, on Wednesday 10 April 1991. Sir Donald was unable to attend but sent his apologies and gratitude at the honour of having the room named after him. 1991. 85 minutes (PRG 682/17/160)

National Press Club.
Dr Ali Bacher, managing director of the United Cricket Board of South Africa, addresses journalists at the National Press Club prior to the 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Sir Donald Bradman is Dr Bacher's idol and his book on how to play cricket was Dr Bacher's bible when playing cricket - he ascribes his success to this book. It is the first time the South African team has played internationally since the boycott in 1971 and Dr Bacher describes the changes to cricket in South Africa. 1992. 50 minutes (PRG 682/17/159)

Bradman
Biography of Sir Donald including interviews with fellow cricketers, Bowral residents and his wife Jessie. Covers his cricketing career from his first test match to his last innings in 1948. He explains how he developed his style and is shown in action in test matches, during the United States tour and during the "bodyline" controversy. No date. 60 minutes (PRG 682/17/151)

Aboriginal cricketers
Tells of the first Aboriginal cricket team to tour England in 1866 and includes a detailed description of the team members. Interviews with Rex Harcourt, Melbourne Cricket Club researcher and Dr Bernard Barrett, historian and co-author of the book Cricket walkabout: the Australian Aborigines in England. No date. 5 minutes (PRG 682/17/152)

Wide World of Sports.
Alan Jones pays tribute to Sir Donald in this short biography. Includes a few seconds of footage of Sir Donald playing cricket. No date. 7 minutes (PRG 682/17/156)

Don Bradman: how to play cricket.
Coaching film made by Sir Donald in 1934 at a suburban cricket ground near London to accompany his instructional book. Sir Donald introduces the film, remarking on the changes to cricket today, and comments on the various aspects of cricket which he demonstrates. The complete shot is shown as it is played and then the same stroke broken down to the important individual movements. Footage includes part of his official retirement speech. No date. 46 minutes (PRG 682/17/162)