Game name (and type): 'Camel Fight' (miscellaneous physical play)

Handwritten description of the boy's game 'Camel Fight' composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by an unknown author, presumably a student at Ceduna Higher Primary School, circa March 1955. The author describes how the game is played, providing detailed information about the actions of each player. The game involves two teams of three boys. Each team assumes a camel-like form with one child riding the back of a player, who is holding the hands of the third boy. The two camels proceed in attempting to knock the other over.

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.

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