Don Bradman colour footage discovered
Sir Donald Bradman is regarded as the best batsman to ever play the game of cricket. However, not many people in the world previously saw him in colour footage. But things are going to change now.
The good news is, the world’s only known colour footage of the forever legend has been discovered after 71 years.
The footage has been released by the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) of Australia on Friday (February 21). It shows Bradman in action at the Sydney Cricket Ground in February 1949.
The footage was taken at a Bradman testimonial match between WA Oldfield and AF Kippax, about eight months post his retirement.
According to the NFSA, the 16mm footage came to them from Adrian Hobbs and was most-likely shot by his father George, a cameraman for the Department of Information and ABC at the time.
It is understood that the archivists were unaware of the footage until recently because it was in a can labelled “Manly and Bondi Beach, Sydney @1949” – donated by Bradman’s son Adrian.
A packed-out SCG crowd of about 41,000 people is shown in the full footage. Bradman, already 40 years of age by then, scored 53 runs off 66 balls on that sunny Saturday. It happened to be the second-last first-class match of his career.
Bradman, during his 56-Test career for Australia, scored 6,996 runs with an incredible average of 99.94. He breathed his last on February 25 2001, at the age of 92.