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Don Bradman lived at his parents farm at Yeo Yeo from birth until he turned two. Rural life was hard for the Bradman’s and in 1911 they moved to the Southern Highlands, where Emily Bradman’s family lived.
 
Parental InfluencesParental Influences
Emily Bradman was Don Bradman’s mother and his number one supporter. An earnest and devout woman, Emily gives us a glimpse of Don’s upbringing through the pages she wrote in her precious scrapbook.
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The School Years (1913-22)The School Years (1913-22)
Don Bradman did well at school but left when he was only fourteen.
 
The Boy in Bowral (1911-1924)The Boy in Bowral (1911-1924)
This house is where, as a boy, Don Bradman developed a game where he tested his reflexes and skill, repeatedly hitting a golf-ball up against the family water-tank near the back door.
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‘The Greatest Partnership of My Life’‘The Greatest Partnership of My Life’
Don Bradman and Jessie Menzies first met when they were children in Bowral. They married in 1932 and enjoyed a long and loving relationship until Lady Bradman’s death in 1997.
 
Emerging Brilliance (1924-1929)Emerging Brilliance (1924-1929)
20 Glebe Street was the Bowral home where Don Bradman was living when his cricket prowess caught the attention of the New South Wales selectors.
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Destiny Fulfilled – The 1930 Tour of EnglandDestiny Fulfilled – The 1930 Tour of England
Don Bradman became a cricketing superstar during his first tour of England, when his performances silenced the sternest of critics.
 
BodylineBodyline
'Bodyline' bowling was developed specifically to curb Bradman's prolific run scoring. Its implementation was controversial and nearly completely destroyed Test cricket.
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Adelaide OvalAdelaide Oval
Don Bradman had a long and fond association with the Adelaide Oval playing both his first and last First-Class matches on this ground. It was also the site for many of his deliberations as a senior cricket administrator.
 
A National IconA National Icon
Many people ask the question ‘Why is Sir Donald Bradman so universally admired?’ The answer lies within the character of the man set against the background of the Australian history of the day.
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