Game name (and type): 'Dodge' (ball game)
Alternative types: elimination games, team games

Handwritten description of the ball game 'Dodge' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by an unidentified student at Double View Government Primary School, probably on 25 March 1955. The author's description of the game's rules is somewhat unclear; however, it appears that two rows of about twenty players are formed. Each team has a ball which presumably they throw at their opponents. If a player fails to catch the ball and it hits a part of their body, they are out. If the player successfully catches the ball, the child who threw it is out. The author states that once the majority of players from each team have been eliminated, the team with the highest number remaining is declared the winner.

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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