Game name (and type): 'There was a little man who had a little gun...' (rhyme)
Alternative type: language play

Handwritten transcription of a rhyme written for Dr Dorothy Howard by Linden Mann, presumably student at Collier Primary School, in 1955. The rhyme reads: 'There was a little man who had a little gun, Over the mountains he did run, A belly so fat and a horse tail hat, And a pan-cake tongue (is out).'

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. Borders ruled in blue pencil.

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