Game name (and type): 'Twos and Threes' (chasing game)
Alternative types: circle games

Handwritten description of the chasing game 'Twos and Threes' composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by Brenda Hope, a twelve year old student at East Camberwell Girls Secondary School, in 1954-1955. Hope describes 'Twos and Threes' as a game requiring a minimum of twenty players aged between six and twelve, which is played both inside and outdoors all year round. Hope's description of the game's rules is somewhat unclear; however, it appears that players take a partner and form two circles. She explains that two players are selected, one chasing the other in and out of the circle. Hope lists other players of 'Twos and Threes' including Marlene Hope, Suzanne Cory and Judy Dummelow.

One of a collection of letters describing a children's game 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 blue and black ink on paper. Comprises two sheets. First page features a letterhead printed in black ink; second page features a border ruled in red pencil.

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