Sangfroid Mortal Society
Strict Prohibition did not occur in Australia, instead there was highly regulated alcohol trade. Bootleggers were manufactures and sellers of illegal booze.
Venues couldn't serve alcohol past 6 o'lock, and the rush to drink between the end of work and the closing of pubs became known as the six o'clock swill.
Note: We won't be using actual currency as a resource system. This is a roleplaying guide.
1 pound = 20 shillings
1 shilling = 12 pence
The symbol for a pound is of course £
Shillings used "s" (but rarely used), pence used "d"
When written as prices though, it was a bit different:
3 pence was written as 3d
2 shillings was written as 2/-
2 shillings and 3 pence was 2/3
1 pound would be £1
1 pound, 2 shillings and 3 pence would be £1/2/3
Coins, their value, and any slang terms for them:
Halfpenny (½d) (Slang: Australia didn't seem to use "ha'penny" like the UK did)
Threepence (3d) (Slang: "trey" or "trey bit")
Sixpence (6d) (Slang: "zack")
Shilling (1/-) (Slang: "bob")
Florin (2/-) (Slang: "two bob")
Notes (made of paper):
10 Shilling (10/-) (Slang: "half-fiddley")
1 pound (£1) (Slang: "quid", or "fiddly")
5 pound (£5) (Slang: "fiver" or "deep sea diver")
10 pound (£10)
To get an idea of the value of these things:
Bread or milk cost about 4d
Postage cost 2d
Based on that we can think of them as being (very very roughly):
1d = 50 cents
1s = $6
£1 = $120
The minimum wage in Australia was increased in 1920, it was judged that with one wage earner, for a family of 2 adults and 3 kids it should be 115 shillings per week. So that's $690 which seems roughly in the ballpark for a family of 5.
Nobody leaves the house without wearing a hat, though it was polite to take them off indoors.