'Railway Riot' board game in cardboard box with cards and rules of game play.

Railway Riot was a parlour game 'using key cards that are physically placed in various locations and must be found in a certain time-frame and according to a defined Railway schedule' (National Library of Australia, 2012). It was manufactured by G. N. Raymond Pty. Ltd., which operated from Easey Street Collingwood, Victoria, and was published by Universal Publication Ltd ('UPL') located in London, the licence-holders for the game.

Part of a collection of material donated by Miss Amy Turner, born in 1919, who became a school teacher from Western Australia who later lived in Essendon, Melbourne, with her widowed mother. It may have been used by Amy or her mother, Mrs Winnie Turner.

Physical Description

Rectangular cardboard box with separate lid containing train timetables, cards for players to fill in, directions of game play and solutions. Lid of box has a green map of Australia with a red train running through centre. Box lid has broken corners and some insect damage; inside cards are yellowed.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Childhood, Home & Community, Transport

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Ms Elizabeth Willis, 2014

  • Manufacturer

    G.N. Raymond Pty Ltd, Easey Street, Collingwood, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1950-1959

  • Inscriptions

    Text, printed lid of box in red and blue: RAILWAY / RIOT / THE NEW STYLE AUSTRALIAN / OUTDOOR OR INDOOR GAME. / for Motor Outings / The Beach / Holiday Camps / Sports Clubs / Garden Parties / Cycling Clubs / Picnics / Fetes / Gymkhanas / Hotel / Parties / House Parties / U.P.L. / U.P.L. / This Box contains sufficient material for 12 PLAYERS, but / 5 to 500 can take part in the game using EXTRA / ANSWER CARDS obtainable in Packets...'

  • Classification

    Games & toys, Games, General knowledge

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • References

    National Library of Australia, G. N. Raymond Pty. Ltd. & Universal Publications. [195-?], Railway riot [game] / produced in Australia by G. N. Raymond Pty. Ltd. ... by arrangement with Universal Publications Ltd, [Link 1] accessed 31/05/2012.

  • Keywords

    Railways, Games