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

Handwritten description of the hiding game 'Stalking' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by Margaret Goodwin, a student at Double View Government Primary School, presumably on 25 March 1955. Goodwin describes 'Stalking' as a game requiring three or more players which is usually played at school in a location with many hiding places. She writes that one child counts to twenty while the other players hide. As the child searches for the hidden players, the latter must secretly follow her by moving between hiding places.

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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