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The Captains` Walk features bronze sculptures of Australian Test Cricket Captains, along with Unaarrimim (Johhny Mullagh) the leading aboriginal player in the first Australian cricket team to tour England in 1868.

Cootamundra has strong connections with two Australian test cricket captains, being the birthplace of Sir Donald Bradman and a former home of Bill Murdoch. Their careers led to a special interest in cricket among the people of Cootamundra, which still prevails, with Cootamundra boasting 9 Cricket Ovals with 3 turf wickets.

With the endorsement of the Australian Cricket Board, the Cootamundra Shire Council established The Captains` Walk.

A life-sized statue of Sir Donald Bradman in typical cover drive stance was prepared and cast by the Sculptor and unveiled as part of Sir Donald`s 92nd Birthday Celebrations in August 2000.

Each bust has a plaque which details the cricket record of the captain.

Location

Address:Wallendoon Street, Jubilee Park, Cootamundra, 2590
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.63681
Long: 148.020681
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Sport
Designer:Carl Valerius, Tom Bass
Monument Manufacturer:Garage Art Foundry, Crawford`s Casting Pty Ltd

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 30th August, 1998
Front Inscription

CRICKET
CAPTAIN`S 
   WALK

Left Side Inscription

Plaque :

Cootamundra Shire Council
THE CAPTAINS WALK
         STAGE 1

Designed and Sculptured by
     Carl Valerius

         Casting by
Garage Art Foundry

featuring sculptures of : - Unaarrimin (Johnny Mullagh)  David William Gregory  William Lloyd Murdoch  Arthur Robert Morris  Richie Benaud  Robert Baddeley Simpson  William Morris Lawry  Ian Michael Chappell  Gregory Stephen Chappell  Allan Robert Border  Mark Anthony Taylor

M. P. (Paul) Braybrooks Mayor
Shane T. Godbee General Manager
  30 August 1998

Plaque :

Cootamundra Shire Council

THE CAPTAINS` WALK
  STAGE 2

The Captains` Walk was officially opened by
Tom Bass AM
Sculptor of the Bradman Bust and
principal of Tom Bass Sculpture Studio
where he supervised the making of 29 of the
42 busts of the Australian Cricket Captains.

The bust of Sir Donald Bradman was
officially unveiled by

Tom Bradman
Grandson of Sir Donald
on this day, the centenary of Sir Donald`s
birth in Cootamundra. 

Casting of the final 30 busts was by
Crawford`s Casting Pty Ltd

M. P. (Paul) Braybrooks Mayor
Ken Trethewey General Manager
27 August 2008

 

Right Side Inscription

COOTAMUNDRA SHIRE COUNCIL 
THE CAPTAINS’ WALK

The Captains’ Walk commemorates the significance 
of Cootamundra part in the history of test cricket 
and sports leadership, as the birthplace of the
world’s all time greatest cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman, 
who was born in Cootamundra on 27 August 1908.
The Walk features sculptures of Australia’s Test 
Cricket Captains together with the leading indigenous 
player in the first Australian cricket team to tour 
England in 1868.

Officially opened by:-  
Mr Alby Schultz MP 
Member for Burrinjuck 
   representing
The Hon. Andrew Thompson MP  
Minister for Sport and Tourism.

Cr M.P. (Paul) Braybrooks MAYOR
Shane T. Godbee GENERAL MANAGER
30 August 1998

The Captains` Walk is supported by 
the Commonwealth through the 
Networking the Nation program of the 
Department of Communications and Arts 

Source: MA
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