Sir Donald George Bradman (27 August 1908 – 25 February 2001) was and is one of the most influential characters of Australian history. Often referred to as "The Don", was an Australian cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. The story that the young Bradman practised alone with a cricket stump and a golf ball is part of Australian folklore. Bradman's meteoric rise from bush cricket to the Australian Test team took just over two years. Don Bradman was Australia's sporting colossus throughout the 1930s, an idol for a nation devastated by The Great Depression and unemployment at the height of the Great Depression. During the Depression, the majority of the Australian public were without food, jobs and even homes. Every day was a constant struggle for them. It was a period of severe hardships and as a result many of them turned their attention to sport to take their minds off their situations. Cricket, in particular, has always been a sport for which Australians have felt deep affection. The heroic abilities of Bradman during the 1930s boosted the morale of society and renewed their sense of national pride. Ordinary people could escape the worries of their daily lives by immersing themselves in stories of Bradman's heroic sporting feats.

“I was never coached; I was never told how to hold a bat.” - Donald Bradman

  • Newspaper photograph taken on 30 December 1932 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Copyright expired (ie. it is pre-1955). It appears on page 151 of "Bodyline Autopsy" by David Frith (2002) published by ABC Books ISBN 0 7333 1321-3.
  • Bradman's birthplace at Cootamundra is now a museum.
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