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

Handwritten description of the ball game 'Crabby' composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by an unknown author, presumably a student at Ceduna Higher Primary School, circa March 1955. The author describes the game's rules and the terminology employed, providing detailed, hand drawn diagrams of the different scenarios and actions. Played by girls and boys, 'Crabby' involves one player using a tennis racket to protect their legs from tennis balls thrown by the other players. If the defender is caught moving their feet or the deflected ball is caught, then they are out.

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 black ink on lined paper. Features a detailed, hand drawn diagram in black ink on lower portion of page; title in red and black ink. Text printed on one side only.

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