Game name (and type): 'Hidey' (hiding game)

Handwritten description of the hiding game 'Hidey' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by Linley Abbott, a student at Double View Government Primary School, on 25 March 1955. Abbott describes 'Hidey' as a game which can be played by any number of children, preferably in an outdoor area with ample bushes or buildings in which to hide. She writes that one child is elected 'He'. While the other children hide, 'He' counts with eyes closed before proceeding to locate the hidden players. The first player to be found becomes 'He' in the next game.

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 black ink on lined paper. Features borders ruled in red pencil; text written on one side only.

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