Canteen lady’s 60 year old kitchen for sale

Canteen lady’s 60 year old kitchen for sale

The late Flora Moss managed a school canteen the size of a small business and was known and loved by a generation of schoolboys.

She would oversee trays of sausage rolls, buns and meat pies being handed out to hundreds of hungry schoolboys then go home to whip up a tuna mornay for her own three growing sons.

Now her mid-century home that she and her late husband Ken built in 1959 is for sale including the untouched kitchen which is a classic 1950s model with glass cabinets and curved benchtop.

Her youngest son Fred remembers his mum balancing the books for the Narrabeen Boys High School in the 1960s and early 1970s, managing the roster for around 100 volunteer canteen ladies and ordering the food that was supplied to the school canteen.

“None of the food was cooked on the premises for the canteen but was all supplied but she did bake at home every Friday afternoon making cakes and biscuits for the family,” Mr Moss said.

The Moss home at 95 Anzac Ave, Collaroy on the northern beaches is a three-bedroom mid-century house on 834sqm of land next to reserves and it goes to auction on Saturday March 2 with a guide of $1.58 million.

The Modernist-style house is sited to take advantage of ocean views from terraces. Inside there are high ceilings, original hardwood floors and the rear has a sunny northeast aspect.

The property is a slice of typical fifties living when women kept home and volunteered rather than worked for an income.

“She was involved in the school from 1961 to 1975 and in running the canteen she was doing all the work of running a small business,” her son Fred said.


Eldest son Geoff started at the school in 1961, second son Warren enrolled next and Fred didn’t graduate from the boys school until 1975.

And then once her sons left school Flora turned her energy to the local meals on wheels service working for the organisation from 1974 to 1999.

The late Ken Moss served as a RAAF fighter bomber during WWII aged just 19 and then became a commercial pilot after the war.

Matt Morley, of Doyle Spillane, said their home, held for 60 years, was a real gem and in a dress-circle position.

It is also a short walk to the primary school of Collaroy Plateau and the independent school Pittwater House.

Narrabeen Boys High School is now a co-ed school and centre of excellence for sports and renamed as Narrabeen Sports High.

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