Game names (and types): 'Patience', 'Snap', 'Grab', 'Poker', 'Old Maid', 'Fish', 'Happy Families', 'Card Houses' (card games), 'Cricket', 'Test Match', 'Tennis', 'Queenie', 'Kingie', 'Football', 'Broken Bottle' (ball games), 'Match Houses', 'Forts', 'Darts', 'Match Boxes', 'Dominos' (play with props/equipment), 'Snakes and Ladders', 'Monopoly', 'Chess', 'Draugh[t]s', 'Lotto', 'Animal Lotto' (board games), 'Sailing Yachts', 'Yacht Races', 'Blocks' (play with toys), 'Hidey' (hiding games), 'Boxing', 'Wrestling', 'Riding Bikes', 'Climbing Trees' (physical play), 'Brandy' (chasing game), 'Cowboys', 'Soldiers' (imagination games), 'Noughts and Crosses' (paper and pencil game), 'Catching Flies' (miscellaneous play), 'Blindman's Bluff' (guessing game), 'Marbles' (marbles), 'Sand', 'Bomb', 'Fights', 'Mickey Mouse', 'Crawls', 'Doggo', 'Berries' (unknown types)
Alternative types: dramatic play, blindfold games, running games, circle games

Handwritten list of games compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Robert Henzell, 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. Second handwritten annotation in red pencil along upper portion. Text printed on one side only.

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