Game names (and types): 'Cowboys and Indians', 'Schools', 'Coppers and Robbers', 'Shops' (imagination game), 'Boxing', 'Wrestling', 'Fights', 'Swimming' (physical play), 'Hockey', 'Baseball', 'Football', 'Cricket', 'Softball', 'Tunnel Ball', 'Bowls', 'Crokey' [Croquet], 'Socer' [Soccer], 'Tennis', 'Table Tennis', 'Queeny', 'Donkey', 'Test Match' (ball games), 'Skittles', 'Darts', 'Put the Tail on the Pig', 'Fiddlesticks' (play with props/equipment), 'Racing', 'Trolly Races' (running game), 'Hoppy', 'Devil Hoppy' (hopscotch), 'Marbles' (marbles), 'Chasy' [Chasey], 'Posen Tigy' [Poison Tiggy], 'Paper Chase', 'Scarecrow' (chasing games), 'Blind Mans Bluff' (guessing game), 'Ludo', 'Snakes and Ladders' (board game), 'Hidy' [Hidey], 'Hidy Chasey' [Hidey Chasey] (hiding game), 'Hide the Thimble' (seeking game), 'Skippy' (skipping game), 'Spude', 'Jockey', 'On the Pond', 'Cock Fights', 'Sand Bome' [sic], 'Carts', 'Horse Racing', 'Sudens' [sic], 'Moly', 'Elirtacr' [sic], 'Detetive' [sic] (unknown types)
Alternative types: dramatic play, blindfold games

Handwritten list of games compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Rodney Dingle, 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. Two words have been underlined in blue pencil.

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