Game type: 'Three Goels [Goals] In' (ball game)
Alternative types: sports

Handwritten description of the ball game 'Three Goals In' compiled by Bobby Ginivan, a student at Errol Street Primary School, for Dr Dorothy Howard on 25 August 1954. Ginivan describes 'Three Goals In' (spelt 'goels' throughout) as a seasonal boys' game requiring a minimum of three players. He explains that one player kicks a football out from the goal posts towards the other players, who must try to mark the ball. Ginivan provides a handdrawn illustration to demonstrate this action. If the ball is marked, a player attempts to kick a goal. Ginivan notes that the kicking of three goals results in the player exchanging roles with the child between the goal posts.

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 paper. Features a hand drawn illustration in pencil at centre of page; text printed on one side only.

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