Game name (and type): 'Pig in the Middle' (ball game)

Handwritten description of the ball game 'Pig in the Middle' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by Dawn Hill, a student at Double View Government Primary School, presumably on 25 March 1955. Hill describes 'Pig in the Middle' as a ball game played by three children, usually on the lawn at home. To play, two children stand a distance apart, throwing the ball to each other. The third child stands between them and tries to intercept the ball.

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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