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A NSW school canteen menu from the ’70s has gone viral after being shared on social media.

Kevin Hayes posted a photo of the old Berala school canteen menu to Facebook this week and it has attracted a lot of attention, with people commenting on how different it is to menus today.

The treats on offer for kids back in 1974 were certainly a LOT different to today’s menu, including doughnuts, cakes, finger buns, custard tarts, chocolate eclairs, Wagon Wheels and apple pies. Even cough lollies were 2 for 1c.

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  • I used to love getting a lunch order! What a treat! We had little cartons of frozen orange juice that we would dig away at with a paddle pop stick… it would last us all day!!

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  • Love it. Would never pass the scrutiny of todays generation though!

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  • wow I can’t believe someone kept that all these years!

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  • Never had a school canteen, so I never experienced these joys.

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  • Well I’m not that old so zooper doopers may not be a surprising canteen item.

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  • I was at primary school in the 70’s and from ’76 in High school, but neither had a school canteen ! Near High school was a stand told sold hot chips, frikandellen and crocetten thought

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  • Razz’s and Sunnyboy’s were such a cool treat on hot Summer days!

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  • Those were the days ! Really wasn’t an issue that there were all those ‘sometimes ‘ foods on the menu.. because most kids only got to order lunch every so often ( usually when mum ran out of bread )


    • Lunch orders were indeed so very rare and were such a treat.

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  • Love it, so simple and affordable :-)

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  • Such a cool canteen menu list!

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  • Can’t believe how different it was back then

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  • The only food we ever bought from the school canteen was a pie or pastie on Mondays as there was no fresh bread and an icecream in the very hot weather.
    Now you can buy a loaf of bread and basic filling to last a week for less than you can buy a basic sandwich for one day. How parents can afford to buy school lunches every day especially if you have 2 or more children is unbelievable. Is it because of luxuries like that which cause both parents to work and one have 2 jobs instead of one

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  • Such good offerings..lol. My favourite was the red frog lollies.

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  • Ahhh the old canteen meals. Less healthy canteen meals but kids were probably still eating a lot healthier overall back then

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  • My favourite treat was a sausage roll and sauce or salt and vinegar chips and a sunny boy!

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