The Bradman Trail

The Bradman Trail is a series of marker plaques identifying key sites relating to the life of Don Bradman in the three sites where he spent the majority of his life – Cootamundra, Bowral and Adelaide.

The Bradman Trail is a partnership between The Bradman Museum, Cootamundra Shire Council and the State Library of South Australia through funding assistance of Federal Department of Environment and Heritage.

Through the Trail visitors to Cootamundra, Bowral and Adelaide can visit the sites directly associated with Bradman’s life including his houses, school and cricket grounds. Twelve interpretive plaques sit at major sites in each of the three regional centres.

The Trail is a way of discovering his traits and life beyond cricket by visiting the places where he lived.

Users of the Trail will be struck by the parallel themes of one so absolutely extraordinary who was underneath, an everyday Australian. No wonder his magnetism was so pervasive.

The Bradman Museum of Cricket receives daily enquiries from children studying Bradman in both Primary and High Schools. The question is always the same; ‘What made him so special and how did he impact on the Australian nation?’  By visiting the Adelaide Oval and being aware of the near riot and subsequent bitter political exchanges, over Bodyline, that occurred in those heady days of January 1933, Trail devotees will understand how Bradman was the conduit for an emerging nations spirit.

By observing the distant crumbling chimney of the Bradman family farm at Yeo Yeo visitors can more perceptively imagine the immense difficulties of rural living in Australia at the start of the 20th Century.

By standing next to the bell post at Bowral Public school every child can perhaps sense the potential within each and every one of them to succeed in their chosen field.

The Trail appropriately promotes the three cultural facilities that interpret Bradman’s life – the Bradman Birthplace Museum at Cootamundra, the Bradman Museum and the State Library of South Australia’s Bradman Collection housed at Adelaide Oval.

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