Black and white photograph depicting 10 girls playing 'Oranges & Lemons' in a government school playground, 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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10 girls (middle & upper primary) playing Oranges and Lemons in a Government school playground. Photo shows two girls forming an arch with their arms, with a line of girls behind each of them. Each girl is holding the waist of the girl in front. A girl is walking underneath the arch, and others are walking around to have a turn. The playground has a sealed surface, wood and wire-mesh fence above a rock retaining wall, gravelled area beyond with mature pine trees and a row of conifers, and bench seat in the shade of the trees. The area is separated from adjoining houses by a wooden paling fence. The girls are dressed in summer clothing. Their shoes are lace-ups, sandals and slip-ons, all worn with socks. Three girls have long hair, one in plaits.

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Black and white photograph.

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