Game names (and types): 'Puss in the Corner', 'Table Tennis', 'Queenie' (ball games), 'Marbles' (marbles), 'Old Maid' (card and board games), 'Jacks' (knucklebones), 'Dolls' (play with toys), 'Cat and the Mouse', 'Brandy', 'Touch Wood' (chasing game), 'Drop the Hanky' (circle game), 'Dog and the Bone' (running game), 'Film Stars', 'Cow Boys and Indians', 'Mothers and Fathers', (imitation play), 'Fiddlesticks', 'Pick Up Sticks' (play with props/equipment), 'Hang the Man' (paper and pencil game), 'Juggles', 'Two's and Three's', 'Press the Button' (unknown types)
Alternative types: play with props/equipment, dramatic play, war games, language play, games with sticks, games with found objects

Handwritten list of games compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by June Bartlett, a student at Collier Primary School, in 1955.

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 list of games in pencil on lined paper. Text printed on one side only. Second annotation in pencil in a different hand on lower right corner.

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