The SANDS OF TIME Collection – 4. Legends

4. Legends
David Gordon Kirkpatrick & Donald Bradman — 885 x 715 mm
© Robert Morgan

SIR DONALD BRADMAN (1908-2001)
Cricketer

Born in Cootamundra, New South Wales on 27 August 1908, Sir Donald Bradman is recognised as the greatest cricketer who ever lived. Dubbed ‘the boy from Bowral’, his ability to score runs and to achieve massive scores in a single innings, made him a legend.

Bradman first came to the attention of cricket fans when he scored a staggering 300 in an innings and 234 in an afternoon while playing grade cricket at Bowral in New South Wales.  The next year he moved Sydney where he played so impressively for the St. George club that he was chosen in the New South Wales Second XI.  By the age of nineteen he was a member of the New South Wales Sheffield team.  In his first match he scored a century against South Australia and later in the season he scored an unbeaten 134 against Victoria.

Bradman’s Test career started shakily.  He failed in his first Test and was dropped to twelfth man in his second Test.  Then, in his third Test, he scored 79 and 112, thus becoming the youngest batsman to score a Test century.  For the next 20 years (with the exception of a single match he missed through illness) he played in every Test series Australia was involved in.

His career was a succession of highlights. Amongst his more memorable moments were the 2960 runs he scored during the 1930 Test series in England, the 452 he scored against Queensland in the same year, his 99.9 batting average in Test cricket and 110 batting average in Sheffield Shield competition.  After captaining an undefeated Australian side for three seasons he retired in 1948. He was knighted the following year and is the only Australian cricketer to receive a knighthood for services to the game.  Sir Donald Bradman died 25 February 2001.

SLIM DUSTY (1927-2003)
Music Artist

Born David Gordon Kirkpatrick at Kempsey, New South Wales on 13 June 1927, Slim Dusty grew up in a farming community near Nulla Creek.  When he was ten he heard an Aborigine sing ‘The Drunkard’s Child’ and within twelve months he learnt to play guitar, wrote his first song ‘The Way the Cowboy Died’ and changed his name to Slim Dusty.

By the time he was fifteen, Slim was appearing regularly on 2KM Kempsey. When he was nineteen he made his first record in the Columbia Studios at Homebush.

For all his life Dusty has worked the Australian country music circuit.  He was a regular at the Tamworth Country Music Awards and he played pubs and clubs from Northern Queensland to isolated towns in Western Australia.

Twice in his career Dusty broke out of the narrow appeal of country music and achieved mass commercial success.  In 1958 he took ‘The Pub With No Beer’ to the top of the Australian and British charts.  In 1980 he repeated the Australian success when ‘Duncan’ went to number one.

He was the first Australian to receive a Gold Record, the first to have an international record hit, and the first singer in the world to have his voice beamed to earth from space.  In his lengthy career, Slim won 36 Golden Guitars, more Gold and Platinum Record Awards than any other Australian artist, Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards, including induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame, video sales Platinum and Gold Awards, an MBE and Order of Australia for his services to entertainment, and he was one of the earliest inducted to the Country Music Roll of Renown. Slim celebrated 60 years in the music industry with a catalogue of 106 albums. Slim Dusty died 19 September 2003.

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