Game type: autograph album rhymes, admonitions (rhymes)
Alternative type: language play

A number of autograph album rhymes and admonitions compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Helen Tait, Robin Wilson, Jan Drake and Marilyn Skinner, students at Clayfield College, on 15 October 1954. Helen Tait transcribes the autograph album rhyme 'When your days on earth are ended...'. Robin Wilson records 'When in this book you look...' including a hand drawn illustration of a book amongst the text. Jan Drake copies out the flyleaf admonition 'Mary had a little lamb...'. Marilyn Skinner records a number of different autograph album rhymes including: 'I went to the pictures tomorrow...', 'The night was dark and stormy' (repeated on reverse), 'The rabbit has a shiny nose...', and 'There was a young man from Japan...'. The section titled 'Proverbs & Sayings' does not feature any examples.

One of a collection of letters describing a children's games 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 descriptions in blue ink on lined paper. Features text written by four different hands; text printed on both sides of page. Includes a hand drawn illustration of a book on front of page.

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