Game name (and type): 'Brandy' (ball game)
Alternative types: chasing games

Handwritten description of the ball game 'Brandy' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by B. Wallis, a student at Double View Government Primary School, presumably on 25 March 1955. Wallis describes 'Brandy' a simple game involving a ball and a wall along which players stand. The author writes that 'he' is determined by 'counting spuds'. 'He' must 'brand' the other players with the ball, hitting them lower than the waist, as they are lined up against the wall. This continues until all players have been 'branded. Wallis notes that the first player to have been hit must assume the role of 'he' in the following 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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