Game name (and type): 'Eeny Meeny Miny Mo' (counting-out rhyme)
Alternative types: choosing game, language play

Typed game description originally written by Christine Brown in a letter to Dr Dorothy Howard in October 1954 (HT41043). Dr Howard has typed Brown's description onto an index card. In Brown's letter to Dr Howard, she refers to games played by her 9 year old brother Harold in Brisbane, making particular reference to alternative wording and national variations. Brown, who was born in England and moved with her family to Brisbane in her 20s, writes that both she and her father have noted games played during their respective childhood's in England. In this example Brown, describes variations of the counting-out rhyme 'Eeny Meeny Miny Mo' used by children in Brisbane and England.

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 game description in black ink on card. Text printed on one side only.

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