The only known colour footage of Sir Donald Bradman batting has been released by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
The footage was shot at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 26 February, 1949 during a testimonial match months after his Test retirement.
Bradman’s innings in the AF Kippax and WA Oldfield testimonial was the second-to-last of his first-class career.
The 66-second video is silent but shows a bustling crowd of about 41,000 that filled the SCG on a sunny Saturday to watch him play his last game at the ground.
NFSA believes the 16mm colour footage was shot by George Hobbs, who worked as a cameraman for the Department of Information and later the ABC.
Archivists were shocked to find the footage of The Don given Hobbs’ son, Adrian, donated the film in a can that was simply marked ‘Manly and Bondi Beach, Sydney @1949’.
Bradman played in three testimonial matches following his final Test appearance, which was at The Oval in August 1948.
The AF Kippax and WA Oldfield match was one, while the others were his own testimonial at the MCG in December 1948 and a Sheffield Shield match for South Australia against Victoria.
Originally published as Unique colour footage of Sir Don Bradman found