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Board Game - 'Around the Commonwealth by Aeroplane', circa 1910 Object Reg. No: HT 17446

Summary:
Games board depicting map of Australia with red line drawn linking cities and towns around the coast. Manufactured by the National Game company. The game was owned by the donor's family and played by the donor as a boy in the 1920s. It was played with a dice and counters, similar to ludo (ie. roll a dice and move your counter that number of places).
Description:
Thick multicoloured board folded in half.

Opened out, the game board depicts a map of Australia in black and white on a blue background. The map is surrounded by a square green,red and gold border. The game title is set across the top left hand side of the board in black text against a yellow background, surrounded by decorative flourishes in gold. To the right of the titile is an illustration of an early aeroplane carrying a single pilot. The game route is indicated by red circles and squares linked by a red line around the map, with states, territories, cities, towns and geographical features printed in black text.

Reverse side of board is covered in dark red paper and has a small square game name plate on one side which reads 'AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH BY / AEROPLANE' . Below this is a drawing of an early aeroplane flying over blue water, with various architectural spires and domes in the foreground.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Lyn Mather, 2008
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 368 mm (Height), 185 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: games, leisure, aviation
Themes this item is part of: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Childhood & Youth Collection, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Board Games
Tertiary Classification: geography
Inscriptions: Open game board top left corner: 'AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH BY / AEROPLANE / A Highly Interesting / and / Educational / GAME / '.

Extensive text across map.

Open game board bottom right hand corner: 'COPYRIGHT 3271'.

Reverse, printed on game name plate: 'AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH BY / AEROPLANE'.
Manufacturer: National Game Company, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910

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