Group of multicoloured marbles in a yellow bag which forms part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC).
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.
This object was part of a group of items, originally from the National Trust of Australia, which arrived at the Museum with the ACFC.
Marbles is an ancient game. Stone marbles have been found which date from 4000BC. The game can be found throughout the world, and there is a commonality in the way it is played which transcends cultural differences. It is one of the most familiar children's games in Australia. Marbles as playthings were first made from stone and clay, and later from glass which allowed colour to be added.
Group of approximately fifty marbles of varying colours and sizes, and a bag of yellow cloth with a pink drawstring.
Donation from National Trust of Australia (Victoria), 18/05/1999
Type of item
135 mm (Length), 105 mm (Width)
Individual piece has a diameter of 12 mm.