Game names (and types): 'Bushrangers and Miners', 'Log Chopping' (imaginary play)
Alternative types: dramatic play

Handwritten letter written by Eunice McLeod addressed to Dr Dorothy Howard on 21 July 1954. McLeod writes to further clarify details from her previous letter to Dr Howard, who had requested people to contact her with details of their childhood games. McLeod states that the types of games played by Victorian children have been influenced by the history of the State. She includes the examples of 'Bushrangers and Miners' played by children in gold mining regions and log-chopping, popular in timber country.

One of a collection of letters written to and from children's Folklorist Dr Dorothy Howard between 1954 and 1995. 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. The original fieldwork she collected during this period is held in the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC) at Museum Victoria and includes index cards, letters and photographs.

Physical Description

Handwritten letter in black ink on lined paper. Text printed on one side only.

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