Game type: 'Ledger' (ball game)
Alternative types: play with props/equipment

Handwritten description of the ball game 'Ledger' compiled by Leila Stalker, an 11 year old student at Errol Street Primary School, for Dr Dorothy Howard on 25 August 1954. Stalker describes 'Ledger' as a game suitable for girls and boys, which is played at school all year round. To play, she explains that players take turns to bounce a ball against a wall. If the ball bounces once on the ground, the player accrues a point. If the ball bounces more than once, another player has a turn. Stalker notes that the first player to reach 100 points is declared the winner. Stalker lists other players of 'Ledger' including Bev Stalker and Bev Reede.

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 borders ruled in red pencil; text written on one side of page only.

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