Game name (and type): 'Ship, Shore, Submarine' (word game)
Alternative types: pen and paper games, stories, games with actions

Handwritten description of the word game 'Ship, Shore, Submarine' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by an unidentified student at Double View Government Primary School, presumably on 25 March 1955. The author describes 'Ship, Shore, Submarine' as a game requiring an open space, a minimum of three players, and three pieces of cardboard featuring a ship, a shore, or a submarine. The drawing of the shore is placed in the centre of the space with the other images placed at each end. One player assumes the role of 'speaker'. The author provides an example of the type of statement made by the speaker: 'When I was on the shore, I saw the ship'. In response, the players must move to the image of the shore and face in the direction of the ship. The author notes that the speaker's objective is to confuse the other players into making an error, noting that the last player to avoid elimination 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

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Handwritten game description in pencil on lined paper. Features borders ruled in red pencil; text printed on both sides of page.

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