Game names (and types): 'Marbles' (marbles), 'Hoppy', 'Snail Hoppy', 'Hop Scotch' (hopscotch), 'Skippy', 'French and English' (skipping game), 'Donkey', 'Ball', 'Red Rover', 'Queeny' (ball games), 'Dolls' (play with toys), 'Statues' (elimination game), 'Hidey' (hiding game), 'Leap Frog' (physical play), 'Jacks' (knucklebones), 'Cat and the Mouse', 'Chasey', (chasing game), 'Dog and the Bone' (running game), 'Cowboys and Indians', 'School', 'Dressing Up' (imagination games), 'Fly' (play with props/equipment), 'Flicking the Card' (card game), 'Beetle', 'Twos and Threes', 'Crains and Crousy' [Cranes and Crousy], 'Shadow Dentists' (unknown types)
Alternative types: war games, dramatic play, play with props/equipment, games with sticks, games with found objects

Handwritten list of games compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Miriel Burvill, 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.

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