Game type: 'Holey' (marbles game)
Alternative types: play with props/equipment

Handwritten description of the marbles game 'Holey' compiled by Brian Skane, a student at East Fremantle Government Primary School, for Dr Dorothy Howard between 1954-1955. Skane describes 'Holey' as game usually played by boys during the summer, which requires three players. To play, Skane states that players dig a hole in the ground at which each throw a marble. He explains that the owner of the marble, which lands closest to the hole, has first turn firing their marble from the hole at the marbles of the other players. If unsuccessful, another player has a turn. Skane notes that this continues until one player successfully hits an opponent's marble.

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 ink on lined paper. Features text written on one side of paper only.

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