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Don’s domicile a landmark now

cricket Updated: Feb 11, 2012 01:01 IST
Amol Karhadkar
Amol Karhadkar
Hindustan Times
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Besides its proximity to the Kangaroo Island, the South Australian capital is also synonymous with being home to Sir Donald Bradman.

No wonder that besides christening the street outside the Adelaide Airport as the Sir Donald Bradman Road and preserving the Don's memories in the Bradman Museum at the Adelaide Oval, the authorities have also given a 'Heritage Site' status to the house where the Don breathed his last just over a decade ago. Today, '2, Holden Street, Kensington Park' has become one of the most sought after addresses for cricket aficionados. Though the one-storeyed house is mostly locked, with the Bradman family moving to a new house across the road, neighbours have tales to narrate about the legend, who moved to Adelaide in 1935, 66 years before his demise.

“We respected the great cricketer and his privacy,” recalls Janie. “I used to stay two houses away before moving across the street recently. He used to acknowledge most of us when he used to go out in his car for his favourite exercise - shopping.”

But didn't the Don get hounded with requests for autographs? “Since he was a reserved person, I preferred not to request him for an autograph. The only time I did was when two of my acquaintances had come to visit us from England, and they wanted his autograph. And he obliged immediately,” says Janie. “In fact, I never ever asked one for my children.”

A few days after his demise on February 25, 2001, the rest of his family moved into a new house in the same lane. But they haven’t left the famous house.

“Most of them visit the house regularly in order to maintain it,” says Nick Coogh, who resides opposite the famous bungalow. “Sometimes they even make good use of the (swimming) pool in the house. Though I have never entered the house, it is said that they have preserved it well.”