Games & Get-togethers

Banner Credit: Two-up coins. (Photo courtesy of Brenton Rossow)

Getting together at the homes of different families to play cards and two-up was an important part of social life for the Noongar community of East Perth. 

The card houses were usually organised by older women who would charge a small ‘toke’ or fee to cover their expenses and refreshments. 

The most popular card game was a form of rummy called ‘yabble’. 

While the adults played cards for small sums of money, the kids would also gather and play together in backyards or on neighbouring streets.


John Pell

Shirley Harris


Two Up coins (Photo courtesy of Brenton Rossow).

Marie & Shirley playing cards in the backyard, 2022 (Photo courtesy of Brenton Rossow)