Game name (and type): 'Wolfie' (chasing game)
Alternative type: running game

Handwritten description of the chasing game 'Wolfie' compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Joan Coats, presumably a student at Cherry Gardens School, on 7 March 1955. Coats describes how the game is played, providing an annotated, hand drawn diagram on the reverse. To play, a 'wolf' is elected and the other players become the 'free people'. A number of 'homes' are created between which the 'free people' must run without being captured by the wolf.

One of a collection of letters describing a children's games 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. Features annotated, hand drawn diagram on reverse. Text printed on both sides of page.

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