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Our Don Bradman: The Diary of Victor McDonald is the fourteenth book in the My Australian Story series by Scholastic Australia. It was written by Peter Allen and first published in June 2004. The book was reissued in November 2006 and November 2010. In December 2017, it was republished as Don Bradman and Me.


"To my children, Trent and Caitlin."

Book description[]

"Victor McDonald is cricket mad. He plays for his school team and his dream is to meet his cricketing hero, Don Bradman.
But Australia is in the grip of the Great Depression. Work isn't easy to come by. Victor's father has lost his job and the family is moving to Sydney.
Despite the daily struggle for life in inner Sydney, Victor not only sees Don Bradman in action, he even gets to meet him. With the England cricket team coming to Australia, Victor knows it's going to be a great cricket season.
But England has some nasty surprises in store. This will be one cricket season the Australians–and Victor–will never forget.

"The Don is my hero because he is the greatest batsman in the world. Dad says all Australians are proud of The Don, even those who don't normally follow cricket. He says The Don is an inspiration to everyone because whenever he gets a big score, people smile and forget about their troubles.
There are lots of troubles that Victor and his family would like to forget. It is the Great Depression, and Victor's dad has lost his job. But despite their struggles, Victor not only gets to see Don Bradman in action, he even meets him!
With the England cricket team coming to Australia, Victor knows it's going to be a great season. But England has some nasty surprises in store that the Australians—and Victor—will never forget.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Our Don Bradman characters


Main article: Peter Allen



  • The cover of the first edition uses three photographs. One of the photos is a famous one of the Sydney Harbour Bridge taken by Henri Mallard.[5][6]


See also[]

My Australian Story

A Banner Bold | Plagues and Federation | A Tale of Two Families | Surviving Sydney Cove | The Rum Rebellion
The Yankee Whaler | A Different Sort of Real | Who Am I? | On Board the Boussole | The Bombing of Darwin
Fords and Flying Machines | Snowy | Riding with Thunderbolt | Our Don Bradman | A Marathon of Her Own
Our Enemy, My Friend

1st relaunch

New Gold Mountain | Outback | Cyclone Tracy | Refugee | The Melting Pot | Archer's Melbourne Cup
Claw of the Dragon | Atomic Testing

2nd relaunch

The Hunt for Ned Kelly | The Phar Lap Mystery | My Father's War | Sydney Harbour Bridge | Heroes of Tobruk
Escape from Cockatoo Island | Gallipoli | Kokoda | Convict Girl | Vietnam

3rd relaunch

Black Sunday | Our Race for Reconciliation | Bushfire | Rebellion at Eureka | Castle Hill Rebellion | Six Seconds
The Battle for Victoria Street