Black and white photograph depicting three pairs of girls playing 'Wash the Dishes, Dry the Dishes, Turn the Dishes Over' in a government school playground in Melbourne, Victoria, 1954.

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.

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Three pairs of girls (middle & upper primary) playing Wash the Dishes, Dry the Dishes, Turn the Dishes Over, in a Government school playground. Two pairs of girls are 'washing' and 'drying' the dishes, the other pair, standing back to back, is 'turning them over'. They are playing on an unsealed surface. The girls are all wearing summer dresses - one ankle-length - socks and lace-up or buckle-up shoes. In the background is a wood and wire-mesh fence, with mature pine trees and a wide, flat area on the far side.

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Black and white photograph.

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