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Backyard tennis
Title : Backyard tennis Backyard tennis
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Creator : Ball, R.H.; photographer
Source : B 57371/41
Place Of Creation : Angaston
Date of creation : ca. 1895
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 105 x 150 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

The Ball Family children, Mollie, Rob, Jack, and Pete playing 'tennis' in their backyard. Two boxes either side, and balanced by the younger boys, support a sheet as the net. Mollie stands in the foreground and Rob, nearest the gate, prepares to serve.

The children are imitating adults; tennis was, and remains, a popular and highly sociable game played at many levels. Most country towns could boast of tennis courts alongside an oval and probably a netball court.

The photographer and children's father was RH Ball, Manager of the National Bank at Angaston, during the 1890s.
Related names :

Ball, Mollie

Ball, Robert

Ball, Jack

Ball, Peter

Coverage year : 1895
Region : Barossa
Further reading :

Fabian, Sue. Children in Australia: an outline history, Melbourne: Hyland House, 1980 pp.137-39 Leisure

The girl's own outdoor book: containing practical help to girls on all matters relating to their outdoor occupation and recreation, London: Religious Tract Society, 1891-1892 [Part 1 How to play lawn tennis]

Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Conference (8th: 1979: Melbourne, Vic.) The colonial child: papers presented at the 8th Biennial Conference of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Melbourne, 12-13 October 1979, edited by Guy Featherstone, Melbourne: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 1981 [Fragments of children's play in colonial Australia by June Factor]

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