Game name (and type): 'Forfeit games' (rhymes)
Alternative type: language play, play with props/equipment

Handwritten notes describing several 'Forfeit games' played by Mrs Harriet Lucas Ambrose as a child in Cumberland, England, in 1900, recorded by an unknown author in Wynyard Tasmania, circa 1954-55. The descriptions include the physical actions, props employed, and accompanying rhymes involved in the games. The author states that Mrs Ambrose taught the game formulas to her children and grandchildren.

One of a collection of letters describing a children's game written to children's Folklorist Dorothy Howard between 1954 and 1955. Dr Howard came to Australia in 1954-55 as an American Fulbright scholar to study Australian children's folklore. She travelled across Australia for 10 months collecting children's playground rhymes, games, play artefacts, etc. This letter, together with the other original fieldwork collected by Dr Howard during this period, is preserved in the Dorothy Howard Collection manuscript files, part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC), Archive Series 3. The ACFC is an extensive collection documenting children's folklore and related research.

Physical Description

Handwritten notes in blue ink on paper. Text printed on one side only; comprises four pages and an envelope. Pages feature letterhead with associated text and illustration along top and bottom portions. Includes accompanying envelope with handwritten and printed annotations, and a printed illustration.

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