Sir Donald Bradman Oration
Sir Donald Bradman Oration is an Australian Cricket calendar event which honours the career, contribution and memory of one of the greatest-ever cricketers, Sir Don Bradman. It is a celebration of the spirit of cricket.
The function provides a platform for a prominent national or international figure to reflect on Sir Donald's career, and on cricket's place in their own lives and the life of the nation. The Honourable John Howard delivered the inaugural oration in August 2000 in his capacity as Australian Prime Minister. The 11th Bradman Oration was delivered by former England captain Mike Brearley.
Although his playing career ended more than half a century ago, Sir Donald Bradman remains Australian cricket's most rewarded and influential figure. His contribution as a player, a leader, and an administrator transcended cultures and generational divides, and extended right across the international cricket community.
The Sir Bradman Oration was established by Cricket Australia in 2000 as a means of marking that contribution, and recognising the role that cricket has played in shaping Australian culture and the Australian way of life.
The Oration permits a significant national or sporting identity the opportunity to recognise Sir Donald's unique and profound impact upon the sport on and off the field over a period of more than seven decades. It also provides the keynote speaker with the chance to honour and celebrate his place in Australian history more generally.
- 17 August 2000, Melbourne: John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia
- 18 December 2003, Brisbane: Sir Michael Parkinson, British Media Personality
- 15 January 2005, Hobart: Richie Benaud, former Australian Captain
- 29 October 2006, Brisbane: Alan Jones, Radio Personality and former Australian Rugby coach
- 15 January 2008, Perth: General Peter Cosgrove, retired army officer
- 27 August 2008, Sydney: Ricky Ponting, former Australian Captain
- 19 November 2009, Melbourne: Greg Chappell, former Australian Captain
- 2 December 2010, Adelaide: Sir Tim Rice
- 14 December 2011, Canberra: Rahul Dravid, former Indian Captain
- 24 October 2012, Melbourne: Gideon Haigh, Sports Journalist
- 23 October 2013, Melbourne: Mike Brearley, former England Captain