Paper football made from newspaper was constructed at Carlton North Primary School in the mid 1980s.

Australian Rules football plays a central role in Australian and Victorian sporting traditions. This paper football is an example of a home made football made by children from readily available materials. It is similar to paper footballs made during the 1930s Depression, when leather footballs were too expensive for some families.

This object is part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection. The ACFC is unique in Australia, documenting contemporary children's folklore across Australia and in other countries, reaching back to the 1870s. The Collection has a strong component of research material relating to Victoria.

Physical Description

Football made from rolled up newspaper tied very securely with heavy white string. A draw and team list for Melbourne v Collingwood and Swans v Hawthorn is visible on one side of the football and seems to be from the mid to late 1980s. Acknowledgement: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Museum Victoria.

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