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Children Playing Piggyback
Title : Children Playing Piggyback Children Playing Piggyback
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Source : B 48013
Date of creation : ca. 1900
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Children playing piggyback races. Piggyback racing, along with three-legged races, sack races and egg and spoon races were a popular feature of organised picnics or community fun days. Here two boys, each carrying a younger girl on their back, race each other over a distance. For the boys the object is to carry their burden the required distance without dropping them; for the carried child, it is to hang on securely without threatening to strangle their partner.

Coverage year : 1900
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

Douglas, Norman. London street games, London: Chatto and Windus, 1931

Dow, Gwyn and June Factor (eds.) Australian childhood: an anthology, South Yarra, Vic.: McPhee Gribble, 1991

The endless playground: celebrating Australian childhood, compiled and edited by Paul Cliff; with introductory essays by Robert Holden and features by Jack Bedson ... [et al.], Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2000

Kociumbas, Jan. Australian childhood: a history, St Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 1997

Opie, Iona. Children's games in street and playground: chasing, catching, seeking, hunting, racing, duelling, exerting, daring, guessing, acting, pretending, London: Oxford University Press, 1969

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