The most iconic object in the collection at the Bradman Museum in Bowral, Southern Highlands NSW, is Don Bradman's first cricket bat.
Cricketing legend Don Bradman was just 12 when the bat was presented to him at a local Bowral match, when he was called onto the field in a men's game and the young boy scored 37 runs not out. Bradman's father, George, who was a carpenter, mended the bat, and Bradman went on to use it for 5 seasons, eventually scoring a district record 300 runs.
Bradman Museum curator David Wells tells the story of the bat, its iconic status in Australian sporting history, as well as highlighting fascinating details in the bat that reflect a broader story of Australian culture in the 1920s, and the relationship between Bradman and his father.
With gloves on, David removes the cricket bat from it's alarmed glass case, and takes it onto the field where 12 year old Don Bradman used it to bat and score runs. The archival portrait of young Bradman shows him holding the very same bat.
Special thanks to Bradman Museum curator David Wells, and the Bradman Foundation.