Game name (and type): 'Criss Cross Chasing' (chasing game)
Alternative types: running game

Handwritten description of the chasing game 'Criss Cross Chasing' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by Stephen Watchman, an eight year old student at Coromandel Valley State School, in 1954-1955. According to Watchman, 'Criss Cross Chasing' can be played by all children year round. He writes that one player is elected 'He'. 'He' chases the other children, exchanging roles with the first player captured while saying 'Caught one two three'.

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 written on one side only.

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