Game name (and type): 'Bullies' (play with props/equipment)

Handwritten description of the boy's game 'Bullies' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by an unknown author, presumably a student at Ceduna Higher Primary School, circa March 1955. The author describes the process of manufacturing the 'bully', which involves boring a hole into a native peach stone, known as a Quandong, into which a piece of string is thread. Players swing their 'bullies' concurrently in the hope of breaking their opponent's 'bully'. The author continues with explanations of some of the terminology used during the game.

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 lined paper. Text printed on one side only. Handwritten annotation in blue ink in a different hand along lower portion of page.

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