Game names (and types): 'Marbles' (marbles), 'Skipping' (skipping game), 'Hidy' [Hidey] (hiding game), 'Chess', 'Snakes and Ladders' (board game), 'Football', 'Softball', 'Donkey', 'Soccer', 'Rugby', 'Tennis', 'Kingy', 'Baseball', 'Pussy in the Corner', 'French Cricket' (ball games), 'Nucklebones' [Knucklebones] (knucklebones), 'Swimming', 'Boxing', 'Wrestling' (physical play), 'Fiddlesticks', 'Skiddles' [Skittles], (play with props/equipment), 'Cops and Robbers' (imagination game), 'Scarecrow Chasy' [Scarecrow Chasey] (chasing game), 'Bobs' (card game), 'Cars' (play with toys)
Alternative types: dramatic play, bat and ball games

Handwritten list of games compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Ray Dawson, 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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