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Game of time
Title : Game of time Game of time
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Source : The game of time [game] an instructive game for any number of players
Place Of Creation : [Melbourne
Publisher : National Game Co.
Date of creation : [190-?]]
Additional Creator : National Game Co
Format : Game
Dimensions : 310 x 480 mm (board); 105 x 95 x 40 mm (box)
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Donated by : Lucy Family
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Description :

An instructive game about time and the seasons. Players progress through concentric circular tracks marked in minutes, hours, weeks, months and the four seasons. There are four coloured lead figures of Father Time to be used as counters, with an additional two wooden counters, either replacing lost lead figures, or because additional players needed a counter.

Some of the traditional practices of the 19th and early 20th century household can be seen on the game board. For example, Monday-washing day, was strictly observed and a mother with or without servants would spend the day at the wash tub, scrubbing and then hanging out the clothes. This was followed with the ironing on Tuesday.

The Game of time was produced by National board games, based in Ballarat and later Melbourne (from the 1890s until about 1930). Popular games such as cycling and motor car games were regularly updated with changing styles and fashions, and the company was quick to respond to current events with a new game, such as Dugouts and trenches during World War One.

The Lucy Family lived at Modbury, north east of Adelaide, from 1873 to 1938, having immigrated to South Australia in 1854. The children helped on the farm before and after school, and were only allowed to read after they had completed their tasks. The city of Adelaide was remote from the property and the occasional trip was made by the father in his horse-drawn buggy. He would sometimes return with a new game or toy for his children.
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Lucy Family

Further reading :

Goodfellow, Caroline. A collector's guide to games and puzzles, London: Apple Press, c1991

Holden, Robert. Race to the finish: an exhibition of Australian children's board games from colonial times to the present day, Manly, N.S.W.: Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 1986

Shefrin, Jill. Ingenious contrivances: table games and puzzles for children, Toronto: Friends of the Osborne & Lillian H. Smith Collections: Toronto Public Library, 1996

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