Alternative Name(s): Game of Jacks

Black and white photograph depicting four young girls sitting in a circle on an asphalt surface, playing Jacks with sheep knucklebones in a government school playground in Melbourne, Victoria, 1955.

It is one of a group of photographs probably taken by American folklorist Dr Dorothy Howard while she was studying children's games and playlore in Australia under a Fulbright research grant,1954-1955. Her photographs and research have become part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection at Museum Victoria - part of the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

Description of Content

One girl is balancing two knucklebones on the back of her left hand, with three more on the ground. The other girls are watching. They are wearing summer dresses with cardigans.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph.

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