Poetry In Urdu Mohsin Naqvi Shayari The Bradman Trail
Virtual Trail|Fun Facts|Timeline|Bradman Stories|Locations 

8 January 1908: Inaugural meeting of Australia's first Rugby League club - Newtown.

28 April 1908: Born - Jack Fingleton - Australia. Right hand opening batsman who played in the "Bodyline" series. Better known as a correspondent and a widely read author.

27 August 1908: Donald Bradman was born at Cootamundra, NSW. He and his family lived at the nearby small town of Yeo Yeo, before moving to Bowral when Bradman was two.

16 January 1909: The magnetic South Pole is reached by 3 members of Ernest Shackleton's first expedition

30 May 1909: Born - George Headley - West Indies Known as "The Black Bradman". He was the greatest of all West Indian batsmen of his era, averaging 61 from 2190 runs in 22 tests 1930-54. Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1934.

11 June 1909: Birth of Jessie Menzies near Bowral. Childhood sweetheart and wife of Don Bradman.

12 February 1913: The east-west transcontinental railway is begun in Kalgoorlie, W.A.

28 August 1913: Born - Lindsay Hassett - Australia Splendid right hand opening batsman and captain in 24 tests. Renowned as a practical joker. In 43 tests (1938-53) scored 3073 runs at 47.

8 September 1913: Don Bradman started school at Bowral Public aged 5

19 March 1915: Born - Norman Yardley - England. Captain of England during the "Invincibles" tour of England in 1948.

22 March 1915: Born - Joyce Brewer - Australia. Right-hand bat, right arm medium bowler. Played with Australia's first womens' Test team against England 1934-35.

22 April 1915: German uses poison gas for first time on the Western Front. Use of deadly gas quickly became a feature of World War I.

19 May 1915: Don Bradman was diagnosed with measles aged 6.

3 March 1918: Don Bradman first sang in the St. Jude Church choir aged 9

11 March 1918: A soldier in Kansas reported fever, a sore throat and a headache. Now considered the 1st case of the "Spanish influenza" pandemic, which killed up to 40 million people, more than World War I

23 May 1918: Born - Denis Compton - England The original "Brylcream boy". Wonderful right hand middle-order batsman who scored extremely quickly. Played 78 tests 1938-56 scoring 5807 runs at 50. Also represented England at soccer.

19 July 1919: Don Bradman won two school running races aged 10

20 July 1919: Birth of New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary

28 November 1919: Born - Keith Miller - Australia. Known as "Nugget". One of Australia's great all-rounders. Magnificent right hand batsman and quick right arm opening bowler. Formed successful opening bowling partnership with Ray Lindwall

27 January 1926: First public demonstration of television in London

15 February 1926: Radio station 2GB begins broadcasting in Sydney.

4 June 1926: Died - Fred Spofforth - Australia. Known as "The Demon" one of the fastest bowlers of all time. Played in 18 tests 1876-1887, including first ever Test in England. [1882]. First bowler to take test hat trick.

10 November 1926: Bradman plays in the State selection trials and scores 37 not out.

27 November 1926: Bradman given his first trial for St.George while he was in Sydney for Country week. He scores 110 in 110 minutes against Petersham.

9 May 1927: The first 'talking' film of any kind is made in Australia - a newsreel recording the opening of Parliament House in Canberra.

16 December 1927: Bradman Shield debut vs SA in Adelaide. Originally picked as 12th man went into the team replacing Archie Jackson who developed a boil on his knee. Scored 118. SA Coach Patsy Hendren was also very impressed with his fielding.

17 December 1927: Bill Ponsford sets a new world record first-class score of 437 for Victoria v Queensland. This was beaten three years later by Don Bradman with a score of 452*

17 December 1927: Bradman completed an century [118] on his debut in first-class cricket, for New South Wales v. South Australia.

30 January 1928: Bradman made 134 not out for New South Wales v Victoria at Sydney.

31 May 1928: Cadbury's Dairy Milk Chocolate is first produced in Claremont, Tasmania.

8 October 1928: Born - Neil Harvey - Australia. Magnificent left hand batsman and one of Australia's greatest ever fielders. Youngest member of the "Invincibles" Team which toured England in 1948. Australian selector in the 1970s

29 October 1928: Bradman made 131 for New South Wales v. Queensland at Brisbane.

1 November 1928: Bradman scored 133 not out or New South Wales v. Queensland at Brisbane.

13 November 1928: Bradman scored 132 not out for New South Wales v. MCC at Sydney.

30 November 1928: Bradman made his Test debut for Australia v. England at Brisbane.

3 January 1929: Bradman made 112 for Australia v England in the third Test match at Melbourne. This was his first Test Century.

14 January 1929: Born - Martin Luther King.

25 January 1929: Bradman scored 340 not out for New South Wales v Victoria, then the highest individual score in a Sheffield Shield match.

4 February 1929: Archie Jackson (Australia) completes his maiden Test century v England at Adelaide the then youngest player to do so in England/Australia cricket when aged 19 years and 152 days.

5 March 1929: Bradman scored 175 for New South Wales v South Australia at Sydney.

13 March 1929: Bradman scored 123 for Australia v England in the fifth Test match at Melbourne

22 November 1929: Bradman made 157 for New South Wales v. MCC at Sydney.

7 December 1929: Bradman scores 124 in 166 minutes for the Bill Woodfull XI against the Jack Ryder XI

9 December 1929: Bradman completed a score of 124 for Woodfull's XI v. Ryder's XI in a Test Trial match at Sydney.

10 December 1929: Bradman scores 225 in the second innings of a Test trial match. He had scored 124 during the first innings.

1 January 1930: Australian National Airways (A.N.A.) starts a regular air service between Sydney and Brisbane - the first in Australia

4 January 1930: NSW vs Queensland at the SCG. After failing in the first innings Bradman goes into bat with the score at 1 for 22. By stumps on the Saturday he was 205 no. He went on to make 452 no, a world record first-class batting score.

6 January 1930: Bradman scored 452 not out, then the world's record individual score in a first-class match, New South Wales v Queensland at Sydney. The runs were scored in 415 minutes.

15 March 1930: Bradman scored 139 for Australia v Tasmania at Hobart.

1 May 1930: Bradman scored 236 for Australians v. Worcestershire at Worcester, his first innings on English soil.

5 May 1930: Bradman scored 185 not out for Australians v. Leicestershire at Leicester.

24 May 1930: Bradman made 252 not out for Australians v. Surrey at the Oval. The second century took 80 minutes.

31 May 1930: Bradman batted for Australia v. Hampshire at Southampton and was 47 not out at stumps, bringing his aggregate to 1001 runs, the first overseas batsman to complete 1000 runs by the end of May.

2 June 1930: Bradman, continuing his innings against Hampshire, took his score to 191

6 June 1930: Born - Frank Tyson - England. His bowling in the 1954/55 Ashes series in Australia is regarded by some pundits as the fastest ever. He took 76 wickets at an average of 19 per wicket in 17 tests, 1954-1959.

17 June 1930: Bradman scored 131 for Australia v England in the first Test match at Nottingham, being his first Test century on English soil.

30 June 1930: Bradman scored 254 for Australia v England in the second Test match at Lord's.

11 July 1930: Bradman was 105 at lunch, 220 at tea, and 309 at stumps on 1st day of third Test match, Australia v England at Leeds. He became one of only 3 players to make a century before lunch in Australia v England tests

12 July 1930: Bradman scored 334 for Australia v England in the third Test at Leeds, then the world's record Test score.

31 July 1930: Bradman scored 117 for Australia v Somersetshire at Taunton.

20 August 1930: Bradman scored 232 for Australia v England in the fifth Test match at the Oval.

29 August 1930: Bradman scored 205 not out for Australia v Kent at Canterbury.

12 September 1930: Bradman played for Australia v. H.D.G. Leveson-Gower's XI at Scarborough making 96. This innings took Bradman's aggregate for the season to 2960, being the highest number of runs ever made by a touring player in England.

6 October 1930: Born - Richie Benaud - Australia. A magnificent all rounder and very successful captain. Right arm leg spin bowler, took 248 wickets in 63 tests 1951-64 . Now respected TV commentator. Patron of the Bradman Museum.

8 November 1930: Bradman made 121 for New South Wales v. South Australia at Sydney.

18 December 1930: Bradman made 258 v. South Australia at Adelaide, the tenth double century of his career.

16 January 1931: Bradman made 223 runs v West Indies in the Third Test at Brisbane, the most runs ever scored by a player in a Test match in Australia in one day.

28 January 1931: Bradman scored 220 for New South Wales v Victoria at Sydney.

6 February 1931: Born - Freddie Trueman - England. Famous Yorkshire right arm fast bowler. Also a well-known broadcaster of cricket. He took 307 wickets at 22 in 69 tests 1952-1965

14 February 1931: Bradman took his score to 152 in the fourth Test match for Australia v West Indies at Melbourne.

23 February 1931: Dame Nellie Melba, died at St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney.

4 March 1931: Bradman is bowled for a first ball duck by Herman Griffith on the last day of the 5th Test vs the West Indies. The West Indies win by 31 runs.

15 August 1931: The Sydney Harbour Bridge sides met in the middle.

17 November 1931: Bradman scored 135 [in 128 minutes] for New South Wales v. South Africans at Sydney.

27 November 1931: During the last Test held at Brisbane's Exhibition ground Bradman scores 223 not out on the first day against the West Indies

28 November 1931: Bradman scored 226 in his first Test match for Australia v. South Africa at Brisbane.

7 December 1931: Bradman made 219 for New South Wales v. South Africans at Sydney. The runs were scored in 234 minutes.

19 December 1931: Bradman made 112 for Australia v. South Africa in the second Test match at Sydney.

5 January 1932: Bradman took his score to 167 in the third Test match Australia v South Africa at Melbourne.

25 January 1932: Bradman made 167 for New South Wales v Victoria at Sydney.

1 February 1932: Bradman took his score to 299 not out for Australia v South Africa in the fourth Test match at Adelaide.

24 February 1932: Malcolm Campbell in "Bluebird" sets a record 408.88 mph at Daytona Beach.

5 April 1932: The legendary racehorse Phar Lap, who won 37 races died in America.

30 April 1932: Jessie Menzies and Don Bradman were married in Burwood, in south-west Sydney NSW.

9 May 1932: Born - Conrad Hunte - West Indies Very successful right-hand opening batsman. Averaged 45.1 over 44 tests 1958-1967, with an aggregate of 3245 runs. Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1964.

4 July 1932: Don Bradman scored 260, a North American record v Western Ontario

7 July 1932: Bradman scores a double century in Montreal

5 November 1932: Bradman made 238 for New South Wales v. Victoria at Sydney. The runs took 200 minutes.

7 November 1932: Bradman scores 232 for NSW against Victoria. The innings is 200 minutes and contains 32 fours.

26 December 1932: Bradman made 157 for New South Wales v. Victoria at Melbourne.

2 January 1933: Bradman made 103 not out for Australia v England in the second Test match at Melbourne.

16 January 1933: Bert Oldfield is struck on the temple by a rising delivery from Harold Larwood at the Adelaide Test during the 'Bodyline' series causing a near riot and bitter exchanges between the two countries at Government level

17 January 1933: Don Bradman takes his second and final Test wicket. The batsman was Wally Hammond and the game was being played at the Adelaide Oval

1 April 1933: The persecution of Jews begins in Germany when the newly elected Nazi Government orders the boycott of Jewish businesses.

10 June 1933: The Australian Women's Weekly was first published in N.S.W. and was so popular it was soon sent interstate.

1 August 1933: Bradman passed the New South Wales umpires' examination with honours.

4 November 1933: Bradman made 200 [in 184 minutes] for New South Wales v. Queensland at the 'Gabba.

22 November 1933: Bradman made 101 for V.Y. Richardson's XI v. W.M. Woodfull's XI [D.J. Blackie and H. Ironmonger Testimonial match] at Melbourne.

26 December 1933: Bradman scored 187 not out for New South Wales v. Victoria at Melbourne.

2 January 1934: Bradman made 253 for New South Wales v Queensland at Sydney.

18 January 1934: QANTAS Empire Airways is formed by Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited

26 January 1934: Bradman made 128 (in 96 minutes) for New South Wales v Victoria at Sydney.

30 January 1934: In his last match for NSW Bradman scores a century in 87 minutes. The last 118 runs of his total of 128 runs are hit in just 58 minutes and include three uncharacteristic sixes.

14 March 1934: Don Bradman officially starts his new cricket life in South Australia in the stockbroking firm of H.W.Hodgetts & Co. His salary is to be 700 pounds per year (and 500 pounds when out of Australia).

3 May 1934: Bradman opened his second English tour by completing an innings of 206 for Australians v. Worcestershire at Worcester.

28 May 1934: Bradman scored 160 [in 124 minutes] for Australia v. Middlesex at Lord's. The innings contained one six and 27 fours.

8 June 1934: Bradman comes across an unemployed Notts miner, Mr H. H. Elliott, looking through the gate at Trent Bridge. He invites him in finds him a seat and has a whip around the players, yielding a few pounds for the father of eight.

16 July 1934: Bradman made 140 for Australia v Yorkshire at Sheffield in 120 minutes including 2 sixes and 22 fours. The last 90 runs were made in 46 minutes.

23 July 1934: Bradman scored 304 against England at Leeds thereby becoming the only batsman to make two treble centuries in Test cricket.

18 August 1934: Bradman made 244 for Australia v England in the fifth Test match at the Oval. Ponsford and Bradman together put on 451, a world record for a second wicket partnership.

4 September 1934: Bradman made 149 not out for Australia v An England XI at Folkestone. The runs were made in 104 minutes and included 30 in one six-ball over from Freeman.

8 September 1934: Bradman made 132 for Australia v. H.D.G. Leveson-Gowers XI at Scarborough. The runs were scored before lunch in 90 minutes and included one six and 24 fours.

20 September 1934: Don Bradman is gravely ill in hospital in London, suffering with post operative complications after the removal of an appendix several days ago. Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith offers to fly Jessie Bradman to London if required.

21 December 1934: Born - Hanif Mohammad - Pakistan. One of the world's best ever opening right hand batsmen, averaging 44 with 3915 runs in 55 tests 1952-1969. Captain in 11 tests

8 January 1935: Birth date of Elvis Presley

18 December 1935: Bradman made a century [117] on his first appearance in a Sheffield Shield match for South Australia v. New South Wales, following his move from Sydney to Adelaide to take up a new career.

24 December 1935: Bradman made 233 for South Australia v. Queensland at Adelaide. The runs were scored in 191 minutes.

26 December 1935: Born - Rohan Kanhai - West Indies. Highly successful right hand early order batsman who averaged 48 with 6227 runs and a top score of 256 in 79 tests 1957-1974

2 January 1936: Bradman scored 357 for South Australia v Victoria at Melbourne, the fifth treble century of his career.

3 February 1936: Born - Bob Simpson -Australia. Right hand opening batsman who played 62 tests scoring 4869 runs at 47 and took 71 wickets at 42. Played from 1957 to 1968 then was asked to come back from retirement 10 years later at age 42

2 March 1936: Bradman scored 369 for South Australia v Tasmania at Adelaide. The runs took 253 minutes and 135 of the runs were made before lunch in one session.

28 July 1936: Born - Gary Sobers - West Indies. One of the great all rounders. A stylish left hand batsman and bowler, outstanding fielder and respected captain. Scored 8032 runs at 58 and took 235 wickets at 34 in 93 tests, 1954-1974.

7 September 1936: The last Tasmanian tiger (Thylacine) dies at the Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart. None have been seen in the wild since 1930.

10 October 1936: Bradman made 212 [in 202 minutes] for the Rest of Australia [captained by Bradman] v. Australia [captained by V.Y. Richardson] in the Bradsley-Gregory Testimonial match at Sydney. Bradman's second 100 took just 61 minutes

14 November 1936: Bradman made 192 [in 180 minutes] for South Australia v. Victoria at Melbourne, the last 89 runs being made in 46 minutes.

4 December 1936: Bradman captained Australia for the first time in a Test match v. England at Brisbane.

9 December 1936: Australia is bowled out for 58 by England. Bradman is out for a duck.

6 January 1937: Bradman scored 270 for Australia v England in the third Test match at Melbourne.

1 February 1937: Bradman scored 212 for Australia v England in the fourth Test match at Adelaide.

3 February 1937: Bradman scored 123 for South Australia v Queensland at Brisbane.

27 February 1937: Bradman scored 169 for Australia v England in the fifth Test Match at Melbourne. Australia won the match and the Ashes after having lost the first two Test matches.

12 June 1937: Start of 1st women's cricket test match in England, against Australia at Northampton

15 June 1937: Sydney's last steam-tram service, from Kogarah to Sans Souci, is replaced by electric trolley buses.

4 December 1937: Bradman made 101 for South Australia v. Western Australia at Adelaide.

27 December 1937: Bradman scored 246 for South Australia v. Queensland at Adelaide.

11 January 1938: Bradman scores 113 for South Australia in the secord innings against Queensland after scoring a century in the first innings.

15 January 1938: South Australia played a Sheffield Shield match v New South Wales in Sydney. Because South Australia's regular wicket-keeper had a broken finger Bradman kept wickets, stumping one & taking 3 catches

18 January 1938: Bradman scores 104 not out for South Australia v. New South Wales at the S.C.G.

19 January 1938: Born - Miriam Knee - Australia. Left hand bat, played 8 tests 1960-1972, scoring 319 runs at 27 with a best of 96, and took 35 wickets at 16

6 February 1938: Five people die at Bondi Beach, Sydney, when three enormous waves in succession swept hundreds out to sea. Nearly seventy life savers rescued the exhausted bathers.

3 March 1938: Bradman made 144 for Australians v Tasmania at Hobart. The runs were made in 98 minutes and included 3 sixes off successive balls and 19 fours.

19 March 1938: Bradman scored 102 for Australia v Western Australia at Perth.

20 April 1938: Born - Betty Cuthbert AM. Former Australian sprinter and Olympic champion.

30 April 1938: Bradman scored 258 for Australia v. Worcestershire at Worcester, this being the first match of the 1938 tour and the third successive double century made in an opening game of the tour.

11 May 1938: Bradman made 137 for Australians v. Cambridge University at Cambridge.

16 May 1938: Bradman scored 278 for Australia v. the MCC at Lord's Cricket Ground, London.

21 May 1938: Bradman made 143 for Australians v. Surrey at the Oval.

27 May 1938: Bradman scored 145 not out for Australia v. Hampshire at Southampton. He completed 1000 runs before the end of May for the second time, the only touring batsman to England ever to perform this feat.

14 June 1938: Bradman scored 144 not out against England in the first Test at Nottingham. This century, the slowest of his career, took 253 minutes.

15 June 1938: Bradman made 104 for Australians v Gentlemen of England at Lord's. The runs were made in 114 minutes.

21 June 1938: Bradman made his first century (101 not out) at Old Trafford in his fourth match there, Australia v Lancashire. The century was scored in 73 minutes.

28 July 1938: Bradman scored 202, the twelfth and last double century he made in England, for Australia v Somersetshire at Taunton.

23 August 1938: Bradman fractured a bone in his ankle whilst playing for Australia v England in the fourth Test match at the Oval, the last match of the tour. He had to be carried off the field and could not bat.

23 August 1938: England score 7 for 903 declared v Australia, including then record score of 364 by Len Hutton

12 December 1938: Bradman scored 118 for Bradman's XI v. Rigg's XI [Melbourne Cricket Club centenary match] at Melbourne.

16 December 1938: Bradman made 143 for South Australia v. New South Wales at Adelaide.

26 December 1938: Bradman scored 225 for South Australia v. Queensland at Adelaide.

10 January 1939: By completing an innings of 186 for South Australia v Queensland at Brisbane, Bradman created a record for Australia by compiling his fifth successive century.

14 January 1939: Bradman kept wickets for South Australia v New South Wales at Sydney.

18 January 1939: Bradman completed an innings of 135 not out for South Australia v New South Wales at Sydney, his sixth successive century, thereby equalling the record by C. B. Fry which had stood since 1901.

1 September 1939: The last day cricket was played in England for 6 years, until after World War II

3 September 1939: Prime Minister Robert Menzies announces that Great Britain has declared war upon Germany, and as a result Australia is also at war.

16 December 1939: Bradman scored 251 not out for South Australia v. New South Wales at Adelaide.

22 December 1939: Bradman made 138 [in 115 minutes] for South Australia v. Queensland at Adelaide.

30 December 1939: Bradman scored 267 for South Australia v. Victoria at Melbourne.

31 December 1939: Bradman made 107 for South Australia v. Victoria at Melbourne.

13 February 1940: Bradman made 209 not out (in 161 minutes) for South Australia v Western Australia at Perth.

17 February 1940: Bradman made 135 for South Australia v Western Australia at Perth.

17 April 1940: The Queen Mary sails into Sydney Harbour, to transport AIF troops to the Middle East.

18 April 1940: A new Labour party, to be known as the "Australian Labour Party" ( non-Communist ), is formed by Jack Lang and other state and federal Labour members.

22 June 1940: Died - Monty Noble - Australia. Hard hitting middle order batsman and right arm off spinner. M A Noble stand at Sydney Cricket Ground named after him. 42 tests 1897-1909 scoring 1997 runs at 30 and taking 121 wickets at 25.

21 October 1940: Born - Geoff Boycott - England. Right hand opening batsman, scoring 8114 runs averaging 48 in 108 tests 1964-1982. Subsequently well known and sometimes controversial commentator. Faced 1st ball in one day cricket

27 February 1944: Born - Graeme Pollock - South Africa Famous left hand middle order batsman, 23 tests 1963-70, scored 2256 runs at 61 with a highest score of 274. Uncle of Shaun Pollock, a South African captain.

25 August 1944: Germany surrenders and Paris is liberated.

16 December 1944: Death of Emily Bradman, mother of Don Bradman, at Campbelltown. She was 73.

12 April 1945: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies, aged 63 during his fourth term of office. Vice-President Harry Truman sworn in as successor.

21 July 1945: Born - Barry Richards - South Africa. Magnificent right hand opening batsman and a respected TV commentator. Played 4 tests against Australia in South Africa 1969-70, scoring 508 runs at an average of 73.

14 August 1945: Japan surrendered ending the Second World War.

31 December 1945: Bradman made 112 for South Australia v. Australian Services Team at Adelaide.

13 February 1946: The world's first electronic digital computer, called ENIAC, was demonstrated at the University of Pennsylvania.

13 November 1946: Bradman scored 106 for an Australian XI v. MCC at Melbourne.

19 November 1946: Bradman made 119 for South Australia v. Victoria at Adelaide.

30 November 1946: Bradman scored 187 for Australia v. England at Brisbane. It was the first post-war Test match.

17 December 1946: Don Bradman and Sid Barnes score a record 405 for the 5th wicket partnership against England. Both are out for 234 runs.

18 December 1946: In the Australian Innings of 6 for 659 declared at Sydney, wicket-keeper Godfrey Evans did not concede a single bye

13 July 1947: Died - Warwick Armstrong - Australia. A huge man who was a strong right hand opening batsman (2863 runs at 39), right arm leg spinner (87 wickets at 34) and successful captain (8 wins from 10 matches) in 50 tests (1902-21)

14 October 1947: Chuck Yeager flew a Bell X-1 faster than the speed of sound, the first man to do so in level flight.

25 October 1947: Bradman scored 156 for South Australia v. Indians at Adelaide. The innings took 152 minutes.

8 November 1947: Bradman made 100 for South Australia v. Victoria at Adelaide.

15 November 1947: Bradman made 172 for an Australian XI v. Indians at Sydney, his 100th century in first-class cricket (first by Australian) in 295 innings. Previous best was Hammond (England) in 679 innings

29 November 1947: Bradman completed 185 for Australia v. India in the first Test match at Brisbane.

1 December 1947: Don Bradman is out hit wicket for the only time in his First-Class career when facing Lal Armanath, the Indian Captain in the 1st Test at Brisbane.

1 January 1948: Bradman made 132 for Australia v India in the third Test match at Melbourne

3 January 1948: Bradman made 127 not out for Australia v India in the third Test match at Melbourne, completing for the first time, a century in each innings of a Test match.

23 January 1948: Bradman made 201 for Australia v India in the fourth Test match at Adelaide.

15 March 1948: Bradman made 115 for Australians v Western Australia at Perth. It was his eighth century for the season, a record for Australian cricket.

29 April 1948: Bradman made 107 for Australia v. Worcestershire at Worcester.

8 May 1948: Bradman made 146 for Australians v. Surrey at The Oval.

15 May 1948: Bradman made 187 [in 124 minutes] for Australia v. Essex at Southend. On the opening day the Australian team made 721, the highest score ever made by a touring side.

7 June 1948: Bradman scored 109 for Australians v Sussex at Hove.

12 June 1948: Bradman completed 138 for Australia v England in the first Test match at Nottingham.

15 June 1948: Bradman is out for a duck in the second innings of the 1st test v England at Nottingham after scoring 138 in Australia's first innings. Australia win the test by 8 wickets

1 July 1948: Bradman scored 128 for Australia v Surrey at the Oval.

27 July 1948: Bradman made 173 not out for Australia v England in the fourth Test match at Leeds, the only time in history Australia has made over 400 in the last innings to win a Test v England.

10 August 1948: Bradman scored 133 not out for Australia v Lancashire (Cyril Washbrook's benefit match) at Manchester.

14 August 1948: Bradman was bowled by Hollies for 0 in the fifth Test match at the Oval. It was Bradman's last innings in Test cricket.

14 August 1948: England all out for 52 v Australia at The Oval. Ray Lindwall took 6 for 20. Len Hutton, who scored 30, was the only batsman to reach double figures

25 August 1948: Two days before his 40th birthday, Bradman made 150 runs for Australians v Gentlemen of England at Lord's.

1 September 1948: Bradman made 143 for Australia v South of England XI at Hastings.

10 September 1948: Bradman scored 153 for Australia v Leveson-Gower's XI at Scarborough. This was Bradman's last match in first-class cricket overseas and his team was the first Australian side ever to go through a tour of England undefeated

29 November 1948: Australia's first Holden motorcar is launched by General Motors-Holden.

4 December 1948: Bradman made 123 for Bradman's XI v. Hassset's XI [Bradman Testimonial match] at Melbourne.

1 January 1949: Knighthood was conferred on Donald Bradman in recognition of his services to cricket.

26 January 1949: The radio drama 'Blue Hills' written by Gwen Meredith commences - the first of 5,795 episodes.

5 March 1949: Bradman was bowled by W. A. Johnston for 30 when batting for South Australia v Victoria (A. J. Richardson Testimonial match) at Adelaide. This was Bradman ?s last innings in a first-class match.

10 July 1949: Born - Sunny Gavaskar - India. A magnificent right hand opening batsman, second highest run scorer in Test cricket with 10122 runs at an average of 51. Played 125 tests 1971-87, won 9 of 47 as captain. Played 108 ODIs

20 January 1961: Democrat John Fitzgerald Kennedy inaugurated at President of the U.S.A.

18 April 1961: Death of George Bradman, Sir Donald's father at Berrima. He was 85.

23 November 1961: Born - Merv Hughes - Australia. A hard-working and entertaining fast bowler who played 53 tests 1985-1993 taking 212 wickets at 28, including best of 8 for 87

15 January 1963: John Murray takes 100 minutes to score three runs for England v Australia at Sydney

6 February 1963: Sir Donald Bradman takes to the cricket field for the last time as Captain of the Prime Minister's XI v. England. He made 4 runs.

16 February 1963: Born - Cathy Freeman.

22 April 1975: After years of intense fighting, South Vietnam begins to fall to communist forces and first refugees arrive on the US west coast.

19 September 1975: Born - Bradman Ediriweena, Bloomfield opening batsman in South Africa. Named after Sir Donald Bradman.

2 December 1975: Greg Chappell in his first Test as Captain scores a century in each innings against the West Indies.

20 July 1976: America's Viking I lander spaceship made the first successful landing on Mars.

17 August 1976: Michael Holding completes match figures of 14/149 v England at The Oval, the best figures for a West Indian in Test cricket

3 September 1976: Sir Donald Bradman & former team-mate Bill O'Reilly attend a Civic Reception hosted by Bowral Municipal Council as part of the activities surrounding the re-dedication of Bradman Oval.

4 September 1976: On Bradman Oval Sir Donald faces up to his last cricket delivery bowled by his former Australian team-mate Bill O'Reilly thus marking the official start to a celebrity match celebrating the reconstruction of the ground.

27 January 1979: Born - Daniel Vettori - New Zealand. Canny left-arm Test spinner since 1997.

14 June 1979: The Governor- General appointed Sir Donald Bradman to be a Companion of the Order of Australia, A.C.

26 June 1979: Muhammad Ali announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion at age 37

23 April 1997: Died - Denis Compton - England. Known as the "Brylcream" boy, he was a dashing right hand middle order batsman - also an occasional left arm "googly" bowler.

2 August 1997: Ski instructor Stuart Diver is rescued from the Thredbo landslide in which 18 lives are lost.

14 September 1997: Death of Jessie Martha Bradman in Adelaide. Childhood sweetheart and lifelong partner of Sir Donald Bradman.

25 February 2001: Death of Sir Donald Bradman in Adelaide from complications associated with pneumonia, aged 92.

25 March 2001: Memorial service for Sir Donald Bradman is held in St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide and attended by seven hundred invited guests and dignitaries. Greta Bradman, Sir Donald's niece sang Pie Jesu from Requiem by Lloyd-Webber.

28 March 2001: Memorial service for Sir Donald Bradman held in St Jude's Church, Bowral (where he sang in the choir as a child). Eulogy by Richard Mulvaney, Director Bradman Museum. Service conducted by Rev. Canon John Livingstone.

17 July 2001: The first sod was turned on the Alice Springs to Darwin railway line.

18 October 2001: The ashes of Sir Donald and Lady Bradman are scattered around the grounds of Bradman Museum and Bradman Oval by members of the Bradman family.

3 November 2001: Virender Sehwag makes 105 on debut for India v South Africa

15 January 2002: Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) takes his 400th Test wicket (Henry Olonga - Zimbabwe)

24 February 2002: The unveiling of the life-size bronze statue of Don Bradman at the Bradman Museum by former team-mate Bill Brown and Chairman of the Bradman Foundation, Ian Craig. Called 'The Final Salute', made by sculptor Tanya Bartlett.

21 April 2002: Sachin Tendulkar equals Bradman's 29 Test centuries 1st day 2nd Test India v. West Indies in Trinidad.

16 May 2002: Alec Campbell, Australia's last Gallipoli veteran, dies at a Hobart nursing home aged 103 years.

3 January 2003: Steve Waugh scores his ten-thousandth Test run ( v England at the SCG) making him the third-highest scoring Test player, after Allan Border & Sunil Gavaskar

1 February 2003: The space shuttle 'Columbia' breaks up re-entering the earth's atmosphere killing all seven astronauts

1 May 2003: Steve Waugh becomes the first Australian to score more Test centuries than Bradman. Waugh's 30th hundred is 115 runs against the West Indies in Barbados in his 159th Test. Bradman played 52 Tests.

1 July 2003: Don Bradman's 1948 Baggy Green cap sells at auction for the World Record price of $425,000 (AUD).