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bedlam

a playground game with similar rules to red rover, played at Toowong Primary in the 1950s

Contributor's comments: We played a game of the same name in Toowoomba in the early 1970's. It was a kind of teams hide and seek. As you caught people, they were taken to a central area, and they could be freed by someone from the hiding team.

Contributor's comments: In Mackay,Qld.,we played the game "bedlam"in the early 1960's.

Contributor's comments: We played it at Enogerra Primary in the 60's.

Contributor's comments: I've never heard this word for a game. I grew up in the 50's and 60's in the south of WA . My mothers used this term frequently in relation to the level of noise us kids were making. Stop all that bedlam! What is all that bedlam going on in there. I am sure people still use this term today in WA. I can't say I've heard people use that term here in the top end.

Contributor's comments: We played bedlam at scouts in NW Brisbane in the early 70's - a game as described by others here, a subset of the more general scout "wide games".

Contributor's comments: As a school kid in Innisfail, North Queensland, during the 1950s I played both bedlam and red rover. They were two different games then.