Game type: riddles
Alternative types: jokes, language play

Handwritten transcriptions of three riddles composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by Betty Allen, a student at East Camberwell Girls Secondary School, in 1954-1955. One of the riddles comprises the following: 'What is the best way to contact a fish? Answer: Drop him a line.'

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 annotation in blue ink on lined paper. Features several lines drawn in red pencil; text written on both sides of page.

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