Two Up is a game that was played by throwing two coins high into the air (preferably two old-fashioned pennies) and betting on the outcome. It was played in the trenches and on the troop ships, back at home and was pretty much a national sport.
Judging by the huge number of “two-up school raided” articles I have found a lot of men spent their spare time furtively throwing coins up into the air and hoping for the best.
I think these men caught 1923 could have found a better place to play though, don’t you? Having an illegal two-up school behind Adelaide Gaol was probably not their smartest moment 🙂
Apparently it is still illegal here in Victoria but a blind eye is turned tomorrow because of its historical significance.
I am amazed that it is still illegal, after all they have relaxed the rules on gambling so much in recent years that you can bet on pretty much anything else, and those hugely annoying betting commercials are on during every sporting event aren’t they?