The Classic Road Trip stops in at Sir Donald Bradman’s

LAST STOP: Russell and Lauren Torrance, their dog Wolfy, and Greta Bradman stand in front of the water tank that her grandfather Sir Donald Bradman used to bounce balls off during cricket practice. Photo: Charli Shield.

LAST STOP: Russell and Lauren Torrance, their dog Wolfy, and Greta Bradman stand in front of the water tank that her grandfather Sir Donald Bradman used to bounce balls off during cricket practice. Photo: Charli Shield.

In the last stop on their road trip, Russell Torrance, his wife and producer Lauren and their dog Wolfy visited Sir Donald Bradman’s childhood home.

On Saturday morning, September 16, Greta Bradman, granddaughter of Don and ABC presenter herself, joined ABC Classic FM weekend breakfast presenter Russell Torrance to co-host the final installment of the ‘Classic Road Trip’.

Over the past two weeks, the Torrance family have taken the Classic FM show overland from Darwin to Sydney, broadcasting from Katherine, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy, Port Pirie, the Clare Valley and Horsham. 

They wanted to learn more about the music and stories of regional Australia.

Mr Torrance, who took his tuba on the journey, said the trip evolved organically without much forward planning but a lot of “serendipity”. 

Some of his highlights included playing tuba with the Darwin Symphony orchestra and then in a cave in Katherine, as well as having classical composer Ann Carr-Boyd come along to the Bowral broadcast. 

“You can’t make this stuff up. It’s just worked out so well,” he said. 

Greta Bradman said it was fitting that the Bowral broadcast was held at her grandfather’s house as “music was such a part of family life here”. 

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