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Blog post from Thursday, 27 August, 2015

On this day, 27th August 1908, Sir Donald Bradman, considered the greatest ever cricketer was born, in Cootamundra, NSW, Australia.

Over an international career spanning nearly 20 years from 1930 to 1948, Bradman’s statistical achievements were unparalleled. He broke scoring records for both first-class and Test cricket; his highest international score (334) stood for decades as the highest ever test score by an Australian.

His batting average of 99.94 from his 52 tests, is nearly double the average of any other player before or since.

He was awarded a knighthood in 1949, and a Companion of the Order of Australia (Australia’s highest civil honour) in 1979.

These photographs are from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales.