Shy Don was in tune with bat and ba­ton

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

DE­SPITE be­ing Aus­tralia’s most leg­endary crick­eter, Sir Don­ald Brad­man was deeply un­com­fort­able with the fame that came along with it.

Re­fus­ing media re­quests and ill at ease with the hero wor­ship of fans, it saw him pro­tect his home life fiercely.

So it’s no won­der that liv­ing in the public eye wasn’t on the agenda for sub­se­quent Brad­man gen­er­a­tions.

But tonight they are fi­nally break­ing their si­lence on liv­ing with “The Don” as Brad­man’s grand­daugh­ter, a clas­si­cal singer, is on the cusp of in­ter­na­tional star­dom her­self.

Four­teen years af­ter Sir Don­ald’s death, Greta Brad­man is be­ing fos­tered by Dame Joan Suther­land’s hus­band, con­duc­tor Sir Richard Bonynge. And it turns out that her love for mu­sic was inspired by Sir Don.

“My grandpa was hugely into mu­sic,” she re­veals on the episode of Aus­tralian Story air­ing on ABC tonight. “He com­posed mu­sic. He also had a very large record col­lec­tion and he was re­ally in­ter­ested in cer­tain so­prano and cer­tain con­duc­tors. He and I would sit and lis­ten to his record col­lec­tion and talk about it.”

Both Sir Don and his late wife Lady Jessie Brad­man were a huge part of their grand­chil­dren’s up­bring­ing.

But Sir Don’s dis­like of public at­ten­tion meant that he missed see­ing Greta per­form on stage.

“Grandpa wouldn’t come to school con­certs and things like that be­cause he re­ally just wasn’t com­fort­able with, you know, peo­ple kind of star­ing at him,” Greta told Aus­tralian Story.

Don Brad­man.

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