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Title : Around Australia Around Australia
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Source : Around the Commonwealth by aeroplane [game]
Place Of Creation : [Melbourne]
Publisher : National Game Co.
Date of creation : [ca. 1910]
Additional Creator : National Game Co
Format : Game
Dimensions : 366 x 370 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

A folding board game for up to 4 players, based on a map of a journey around Australia by aeroplane (bi-plane). Geographically historical named areas include: Northern Territory of South Australia, British New Guinea (Papua) and an area marked for the Federal Capital.

Numerous nationalistic games were produced in the decade following inauguration of the Commonwealth. On the board game Around the Commonwealth by aeroplane the Northern Territory and South Australia are presented as one entity, as existed at the time of Federation in 1901.

National Games in Ballarat produced games on many themes such as motoring, cycling and courtship as well as taking advantage of topical issues such as the patriotic fervour engendered by World War I. They were also noted for updating their games: for instance later versions of Around the Commonwealth by aeroplane and their cycling and motoring games were regularly re-issued with more modern vehicles and clothing; this increased the appeal of the game to the next generation.

Period : 1884-1913
Further reading :

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

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

Opie, Iona. The treasures of childhood: books, toys and games from the Opie collection, London: Pavilion, 1989

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