Story: Cards, board games and puzzles

Imported 19th-century games

This is part of the Historic Places Trust's collection of parlour games imported by 19th-century migrants from the United Kingdom. They include squails, a version of tiddlywinks in which small wooden counters are flipped by pressing on them with the edge of a larger counter – the 'squoll' (this game once belonged to the family of the Reverend Vicesimus Lush); snakes and ladders, a board game still common in the 20th century, in which pieces move from square to square, but jump ahead on ladders and backtrack on snakes; a dissected map – a map of the world in the form of a jigsaw puzzle; and dominoes.

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Heritage New Zealand – Pouhere Taonga
Reference: XEC.791.P3; XHH.2805; XKH.1152.P1; XWM.642.P1

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Mark Derby, 'Cards, board games and puzzles - Games in colonial society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 July 2024)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013