Game name (and type): 'Ship Shore and Submarine' (word game)
Alternative type: running games, stories

Handwritten description of the word game 'Ship Shore and Submarine' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by D. Considine, a student at Double View Government Primary School, probably on 25 March 1955. Considine writes that the game 'Ship Shore and Submarine' requires at least three players and a small playground or field. To play, the author states that three sites or 'homes' named ship, shore or submarine are established. Next, players select a storyteller, who must invent a story which includes the words 'ship', 'shore' and 'submarine'. During the narration of the story by the storyteller, players must run to the corresponding sites as these words are mentioned. The last to reach each home is eliminated from the 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 pencil on lined paper. Features borders ruled in red pencil; text printed on one side only.

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