Game name (and type): 'Stalking' (hiding game)

Handwritten description of the hiding game 'Stalking' composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by an unknown author, presumably a student at Ceduna Higher Primary School, circa March 1955. The author provides a detailed description of the game's rules including an annotated diagram on the reverse. According to the author, 'Stalking' involves two teams of any number of players and a designated play area, preferably a scrub covered hill. One team remain on the hill's top, while the opposing team attempt to reach their 'base' from the bottom without being spotted. The author discusses the different, possible scenarios and some of the terminology employed.

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 both sides of page. Features red ink borders. Reverse features an annotated diagram.

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