Game names (and types): 'Marbles' (marbles), 'Cops and Robbers', 'Cowboys and Indians', 'Schools', 'Knights', 'Nurses', 'Shops', 'Hunters' (imagination games), 'Jacks' (knucklebones), 'Rummy', 'Poker', 'Strip Jack Naked', 'Fish', 'Pontune' [Pontoon], 'Bridge', 'Card Lotto', 'Soletere' [Solitaire] (card games), 'Fiddle-Sticks', 'Darts', 'Dominos', 'Tiddly Winks', 'Balloon Football', 'Balloon Baseball' (play with props/equipment), 'Skippy', 'French and English' (skipping game), 'Hoppy' (hopscotch), 'Checkers', 'Chinese Checkers', 'Monopily' [Monopoly] (board games), 'Puss in the Corner', 'Test Match', 'Fench [French] Cricket', 'Table Tennis', 'Squash', 'Queeny', 'Rounders', 'Donky' [Donkey] (ball games), 'Jigsaw', 'Dolls' (play with toys), 'Keyword' (word game), 'Long Jump', 'High Jump' (sports), 'Hide and Seek' (hiding game), 'Dog and the Bone' (running game), 'Trolly Racing', 'Horse Racing' (racing games), 'Chest', 'Tell Me', 'Housy', '101 Up', '51 Up', 'Round the Broad', 'Clogo', 'Donkey Game' (unknown types)
Alternative types: dramatic play, jacks use, bat and ball games, games with sticks, games with found objects

Handwritten list of games compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Darrall Trainor, presumably 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 both sides of page.

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