Game name (and type): 'Rough and Tumble' (ball game)
Alternative type: play with props/equipment

Handwritten description of the ball game 'Rough and Tumble' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by John Nicholls, an eleven year old student at Ceduna Higher Primary School, in circa March 1955. Nicholls describes 'Rough and Tumble' as a game similar to Australian football, involving two teams chasing a ball. Players may score a goal or point by kicking the ball through goals at the ends of the field.

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

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