Game name (and type): 'Meet the Fly Family' (play with props/equipment)

Handwritten description of a boy's game called 'Meet the Fly Family' composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by an unknown author, presumably a student at Ceduna Higher Primary School, circa March 1955. According to the author, the game involves six boys, one of whom is temporarily blindfolded. The blindfold is removed and the individual is introduced to the remaining boys who comprise the 'Fly Family'. He must bow and shake hands with each member as they make their introduction, the last of whom throw a glass of water in his face when he is bending down.

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. Features red ink border along upper portion of page.

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