The Bradman Digital Library - About this Site

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If you would like to make an enquiry or request information about Don Bradman please use the Library's research service.

The State Library has many resources which can help people assess the value of an item, but library staff cannot give formal valuations. For expert advice we recommend you contact specialist sports memorabilia shops, valuers or auction houses.

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If you have any original items relating to Sir Donald, the State Library of South Australia's Manager, Collection Development would like to hear from you with a view to a copy being made for the Library, or a donation, with possible reference to the national Cultural Bequest scheme.

The Bradman Digital Library went live on 27 September 2001.

The site contains material from a previous website Bradman the legend which was prepared by Empire Ridge, and which won a Silver Award in the 1997 Adelaide Art Director's Club annual awards in the category of advertising, promotion, publishing or design. This website was created to give worldwide access to the Bradman Collection held in the State Library of South Australia.

An exhibition to permanently house and display the Bradman Collection was opened by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable John Howard on 29 January 1998. In 2007 negotiations with the Libraries Board of South Australia, the Bradman family and the SA Government resulted in the Libraries Board agreeing to loan a selection of Bradman collection items to the Adelaide Oval. The South Australian Cricket Association, with Government support, is planning to open a dedicated cricketing museum at the Oval in the near future.

Following the death of Sir Donald on 25 February 2001 the Bradman the legend website was re-developed as the Bradman Digital Library with the inclusion of new material, including digital images of around 800 pages from the 52 volumes of the Bradman scrapbooks.

How to use this site

This site is rich in multimedia content. To get the most from the site, you will need to have Apple Quicktime and Real Player installed on your computer. The student worksheets are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

If your computer is missing any of these components, just click on the appropriate link and the program will be downloaded to your computer.

You don't have to have sound and video to enjoy this site as there are numerous photographs and a great deal of original text prepared by cricketing journalist Lance Campbell.

Best viewed with a Version 4 or higher browser, at 800 x 600or higher resolution.


The State Library of South Australia thanks the Bradman family and the Bradman Foundation for its support.

The Bradman Collection is proudly supported by the State Government of South Australia.

The State Library of South Australia Foundation Inc. was instrumental in raising $1.6 million dollars from the state government, the business community and individuals to support the development of a permanent exhibition for the Bradman Collection. Leading the Bradman Public Appeal Committee was Michael Brock, Chair, Barry Gibbs, Deputy Chair and Sue Lear, State Library Foundation Sponsorship Manager.

The State Library of South Australia thanks the sponsors of the Bradman Collection, whether financially or in kind.

The original five themes of the Bradman Exhibition and their sponsors are:-

The great hero

Commonwealth Bank

The legendary moments


The decade of the Don

Macquarie Bank

Bradman after play


Great cricketing moments

Origin Energy

Sponsorship in kind is also acknowledged:-

The ABC supported the Bradman the legend site with content and promotional support.

Advertiser Newspapers Ltd ran a 6996 campaign to raise funds from the community for the exhibition, and also supplied the Library with a number of digital photographs of Sir Donald's career from its photographic collections.

Amcor supplied the packaging for the Bradman busts.

Channel Nine (SA) supported the Bradman the legend site with content and promotional support.

EDS funded the digitising of the Bradman scrapbooks for The Bradman Digital Library and supplied the scanning equipment, as part of its commitment to the State Government of South Australia.

Radio FiveAA supported the Bradman the legend site with promotional support.

Copyright and permissions

The Library acknowledges and expresses its appreciation to copyright owners who have given kind permission for reproduction of their material. Further information is available on the Library's Copyright and permissions process for the Bradman Scrapbooks and on Permission to publish material from the State Library of South Australia collections.

The assistance of cricket historians and researchers Bernard Whimpress in South Australia and Steve Gibbs in New South Wales is acknowledged in tracking down copyright owners.

The Library acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Copyright Council in clarifying points of copyright law and giving advice on individual cases.


Website management

Andrew Piper
Manager, Collection Specialists


Suzy Russell
Collection Specialist

Website content research

Barry Gibbs
Bradman Liaison Officer

Website content research

Original development

Peter Jenkins
Manager, Digital Library Group

Technical management

Peter Freeman
Internet Services Officer Digital Library Group

Site design and construction; exhibition virtual tour

Carolyn Spooner
Librarian, Digital Library Group

New text; selection of scrapbooks items and associated copyright clearances; captions for The Advertiser photographs

Joyce Searle
Manager, Bibliographic and Technical Services

Scrapbooks cataloguing protocols

Di Markham
Senior Indexing Librarian
Bibliographic and Technical Services

Scrapbooks cataloguing

Jaki Chalmers-Jones and David Bigham
Contract staff

Scrapbooks digitising

Lance Campbell
Freelance journalist

Text for the original Bradman the Legend site

Neil Thomas
Archival Services

Curator of The Bradman Collection. Author of the Guide to the collection and description of items.
Co-compiler of A guide to archival and published sources . .

Prue McDonald
Reference Archivist
Information and Research Services

Co-compiler of A guide to archival and published sources . .

Ross Dundas
Australian Cricket Board Statistician

Consultant statistician for the original Bradman the Legend site