Game name (and type): 'Where Art Thou Brother?' (guessing game)
Alternative type: play with props/equipment

Handwritten description of the guessing game 'Where Art Thou Brother?' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by Bruce Patterson, a 12 year old student at Ceduna Higher Primary School, in circa March 1955. Patterson describes 'Where Art Thou Brother?' as a boy's game played by two children of similar height, who a blindfolded. Lying at arm's length from each other on the floor, the boys try to locate each other by using a series of answers and replies proceeding to swing a paper baton in the supposed direction of the opponent.

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 two shades of blue ink on paper. Text printed on one side only. Features a handwritten written annotation in a different hand in blue ink along bottom edge of page.

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