Emily Gallagher is doing a PhD at ANU on the history of play and folklore in Australia over the years 1901-39. The era of ‘What’s the time, Mr Wolf?’ and ‘Drop the hanky’ and much more besides.
Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey c. 1916 (Worthpoint)
Emily has a post on the Royal Australian Historical Society site asking for help with evidence. As she says, ‘the 1920s and 1930s are still within living memory, but only just’. If you or someone you know wants to help by donating copies of materials or sharing your memories of growing up in Australia, please get in touch with Emily. Contact details are at the RAHS link.
Emily reviewed Griffith Review 56 for Honest History and wrote about the For Country, For Nation exhibition at the Australian War Memorial and changing patterns of children’s play in Australia. She is a panellist at the Honest History symposium in Canberra on 8 November.
27 August 2018