Adelaide was the home of Sir Donald Bradman for most of his life. From 1934 until his death in 2001, Bradman lived and worked in Adelaide. As a cricketer and cricket administrator he spent thousands of hours at the Adelaide Oval, ran his stockbroking business from an office in the city and raised his family in the suburb of Kensington Park. From the late 1960s he gave much of his private collection of cricket memorabilia to the State Library of South Australia. This included his personal newspaper cuttings and other personal archives, which were compiled by the State Library into 52 scrapbooks.
In July 2008 the dedicated Bradman Exhibition at the State Library of South Australia was closed with many of the items - including bats, balls, trophies and clothing - loaned to the Bradman Collection Museum at the Adelaide Oval. The Bradman Collection Museum at the Adelaide Oval was opened on 22 August 2008 by South Australian Premier Mike Rann MP in the presence of John Bradman, and South Australian Cricket Association President Ian McLachlan.
The State Library of South Australia
The 52 scrapbooks of Bradman's personal archives remain in the collection of the State Library of South Australia and are accessible on request during State Library business hours. Monday to Wednesday 10am to 8pm, Thursday and Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm.
The State Library retains a Bradman presence in the public area of the library with the lenticular wall on the first floor in the Spence Wing illustrating the famous Bradman batting style. The lenticular wall is open free to the public 7 days a week.
The Bradman Digital Library is a valuable resource for historical information on the Bradman career, and the collection held in the State Library.
The Bradman Collection Museum
The Bradman Collection Museum at the Adelaide Oval follows Sir Donald Bradman's progress from club cricketer on to the interstate and international stage. It notes his rise to hero status in the 1930s and how that status has been maintained. It explores his major role in cricket administration and provides glimpses of the family man and all-round sportsman.
The Bradman Collection Museum is open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm, Test match days gates open to 4.30pm, One Day International days gates open to 4.30pm.
Some display items are listed below;
This cap is one of two issued to Don Bradman for the 1948 Australian Tour of England – the team later became know as 'The Invincibles'. A gift from Don Bradman to Owen Truscott at the end of the 1948 tour in appreciation of assistance given. Kindly donated by Kevin Truscott in November 2004.
Used by Don Bradman in scoring the then world-record Test score of 334 for Australia against England at Headingley, Leeds July 1930. This total included 309 runs in one day.
Porcelain vase presented to Don Bradman in 1938 by the directors of the Royal Worcester Company to commemorate his scoring three consecutive double centuries on the Worcester ground. The front panel features a painting by renowned ceramic artist, Harry Davis, depicting Bradman at the crease at Worcester.