Game names (and types): 'Casti' (ball game), 'Practical Jokes' (language play)

Handwritten description of the ball game 'Casti' and a list of several jokes compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Robin Davies, a student at Clayfield College, on 15 October 1954. Davies provides a detailed description of how 'Casti' is played and its rules, including a hand drawn, annotated diagram of the possible positions of the two teams. On the reverse Davies has transcribed three 'practical jokes', recording the questions asked and their answers. 'Flower Games' are also listed as another type of play; however, no examples have been provided.

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.

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Handwritten game descriptions in blue ink on lined paper. Features a hand drawn, annotated diagram in pencil, red and blue pencil, and blue ink on upper half of page. Text printed on both sides of page.

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