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1997 Australia Post FDC – Sir Donald Bradman

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Australia Post First Day Cover – 1997 – Sir Donald Bradman

This mint condition First Day Cover was stamped at Bowral NSW on 23 January 1997 and is a part of The Australian Legend collection launched by the Prime Minister of Australia, Mr John Howard at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

In 1997 these were the first historic stamp issued featuring, at the time, a living person, other than a monarch.



Standard First Day Cover from Australia Post

Bradman’s name has become an archetypal name for outstanding excellence, both within cricket and in the wider world. The term Bradmanesque has been coined and is used both within and without cricketing circles. Steve Waugh described Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan as “the Don Bradman of bowling”, while former Australian Prime Minister John Howard was called “the Don Bradman of politics” by his Liberal Party colleague Joe Hockey.

Bradman has been the subject of more biographies than any other Australian, apart from the outlaw Ned Kelly.[206] Bradman himself wrote four books: Don Bradman’s Book–The Story of My Cricketing Life with Hints on Batting, Bowling and Fielding (1930), My Cricketing Life (1938), Farewell to Cricket (1950) and The Art of Cricket (1958). The story of the Bodyline series was retold in a 1984 television mini-series.

Bradman is immortalised in three popular songs from different eras, “Our Don Bradman” (1930s, by Jack O’Hagan), “Bradman” (1980s, by Paul Kelly) and “Sir Don”, (a tribute by John Williamson performed at Bradman’s memorial service). Bradman recorded several songs accompanying himself and others on piano in the early 1930s, including “Every Day Is A Rainbow Day For Me”. In 2000, the Australian Government made it illegal for the names of corporations to suggest a link to “Sir Donald Bradman”, if such a link does not in fact exist. Other entities with similar protection are the Australian and foreign governments, Saint Mary MacKillop, the British Royal Family and the Returned and Services League of Australia.

*All details taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.


Sir Donald George Bradman, AC (27 August 1908– 25 February 2001), often referred to as The Don, was an Australian cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. Bradman’s career Test batting average of 99.94 has been claimed to be statistically the greatest achievement in any major sport. The story that the young Bradman practised alone with a cricket stump and a golf ball is part of Australian folklore.Bradman’s meteoric rise from bush cricket to the Australian Test team took just over two years. Before his 22nd birthday, he had set many records for high scoring, some of which still stand, and became Australia’s sporting idol at the height of the Great Depression.During a 20-year playing career, Bradman consistently scored at a level that made him, in the words of former Australia Captain Bill Woodfull, “worth three batsmen to Australia”. A controversial set of tactics, known as Bodyline, was specifically devised by the England team to curb his scoring. As a captain and administrator Bradman was committed to attacking, entertaining cricket; he drew spectators in record numbers. He hated the constant adulation, however, and it affected how he dealt with others. The focus of attention on his individual performances strained relationships with some team-mates, administrators and journalists, who thought him aloof and wary. Following an enforced hiatus, due to the Second World War, he made a dramatic comeback, captaining an Australian team known as “The Invincibles” on a record-breaking unbeaten tour of England.

*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.

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