Game name (and types): 'Hidey' (hiding game); (marbles)
Alternative type: chasing game, play with props/equipment
Game terminology: 'Pee-Wee'

Handwritten descriptions of the hiding game 'Hidey' and a type of marble composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by Robert Henzell, a student at Collier Primary School, in 1955. Henzell describes a 'Pee-Wee' as a small coloured marble before continuing with a more detailed description of 'Hidey'. To play 'Hidey', he writes that one child, 'He', counts to two hundred while the other players hide. 'He' must find the hidden children, calling out their name and location before racing them back to the home base.

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 game description in pencil on lined paper. Text printed on one side only.

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