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Toy - Spinning Top, Wood & Metal, circa 1880 (Damaged) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 81356

This spinning top was excavated during one of the digs conducted at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

'When I was a child, we played in the street with hoops; we played hopscotch, and chasey, and cowboys and Indians, running right round the blocks and that. We even played marbles too.' (Marie Hayes, born and raised in Little Lon 1920-1940)

To the children who lived there, Little Lon was home. The streets and lanes were their playground - for tossing knucklebones, flicking marbles or chasing over the cobblestones. Their chants and laughter were part of the sounds of Little Lon.
Child's spinning top, wooden with metal tip (description from ECM record)
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 60 mm (Height), 35 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: games, game piece, play, toy, toys, children s play, making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection, Childhood & Youth Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Trench Unit Number: 57/13/65


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