Game name (and type): 'Chasey' (chasing game)
Alternative types: running game

Handwritten description of the chasing game 'Chasey' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by Patricia McInnes, a student at Double View Government Primary School, presumably on 25 March 1955. McInnes describes 'Chasey' as an outdoor game requiring at least two players. She writes that a home base is a established and a child is elected 'he' to chase the other players. Players may rest at the home base for the count of ten before resuming running away from 'he'. If caught, they must assume the role of chaser.

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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