Game name (and type): 'Into the River' (elimination game)

Handwritten description of the elimination game 'Into the River' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by Eric Spry, an eleven year old student at Ceduna Higher Primary School, in circa March 1955. Spry describes 'Into the River' as game that can be enjoyed by any number of children in any location including inside, as indicated by his hand drawn diagram on the upper portion of the page. He continues to explain the various terms employed and their associated actions.

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 game description in black ink on paper. Text printed on one side only. Features a handwritten annotation in a different hand in blue ink along bottom edge of the page; title has been underlined in red ink. A hand drawn diagram in pencil with annotations on upper portion of page.

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