Donald George Bradman was born August 27, 1908 in Cootamundra, New South Wales and died Sir Donald Bradman February 25, 2001, in Adelaide, South Australia (aged 92 years 182 days). One of the best known Australians in history, and perhaps the best cricketer ever, they said he was worth three batsman.
He was born in NSW but chose Adelaide as his home. The Bradman Collection Museum at Adelaide Oval contains hundreds of personal items and cricket items that belonged to the Don.
Bradman had been planning this museum from the 1960s, when he began contributing material to the state library, so it seems fitting that he welcomes visitors at the door to the museum in the form of a magnificent portrait by Bill Leak. In the portrait Bradman is in his later years, wise and relaxed with his hand is on his chin pensively looking back at you. Through the glass doors, it all seems very hallowed.
What is exciting about this museum for any cricket or history lover are the bats, balls, trophies and clothing. The Bradman Collection Museum follows Sir Don's progress from club cricketer on to the interstate and international stage. It notes his rise to hero status in the 1930s and explains his generation and times, and how during the Great Depression, a cricketer could be held up almost like a god. It explores his role in cricket administration and provides glimpses of the family man and all-round sportsman.