Game name (and type): 'Tractor Tor (Taw)' (marbles)
Alternative type: play with props/equipment

Typed description of the marbles game 'Tractor Tor' composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by Colin Chipper, a student at Collier Primary School, in 1955. Chipper describes 'Tractor Tor' as a game played by boys, who each have one marble. The boys both shoot their marbles towards a line to determine the first player. The winning child proceeds to shoot his marble at the opponent's. Three successive hits results in the winner acquiring his opponent's marble.

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

Typed game description on card-sized paper. Text printed on one side only.

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