Game names (and types): 'Algy, Balgy, Ripshee Rah', 'Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Moe' (counting-out rhymes), 'Hidings' (hiding game), 'Cockilorum', 'Red Rover', 'Countries', 'French Cricket' (ball games), 'Cockalorum', 'Stacks on the Mill', 'Leap Frog' (jumping games), 'Big Ring', 'Little Ring', 'Three Hole', 'Poison' (marbles), 'Cock Fighting', 'Charriot Race' (unknown types)
Alternative types: counting-out games, choosing game, running game, language play, chasing game, play with props/equipment, bat and ball games

Typed notes describing children's games compiled by Dr Dorothy Howard following an interview with Warwick Bottomley circa 1954-1955. In the interview, which took place at Cammeray Public School, Bottomley describes games played by children and university students in Perth and Sydney between 1925-1935. He refers to contemporary variations in terminology used by Gwen and Judith Bottomley, who are presumably his daughters. Bottomley discusses the specific terminology and actions associated with the different games.

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

Typed notes in black ink on paper. Includes two sheets; text printed on one side only. Unassociated text on reverse of pages. Signature in blue ink on bottom right portion of second page.

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