A man named Barry Porter has shared a 1978 canteen price list and we would like to transport back in time and buy 400 sausage rolls, please.
The image, which Barry shared with the ABC Mid North Coast Facebook page, tells us that a) pineapple donuts were once a thing (no… thanks) and b) a flavoured milk cost 27 cents.
A pie sold for 35 cents, and a hot dog a very specific 32 cents.
We like that the section for ‘Cakes’ takes up more than a quarter of the menu.
The most expensive item sold by the 1978 school canteen was a salad roll, which set students back a whole 40 cents – an amount that today we would likely debate whether or not to pick up off the floor if we dropped it.
Today – 40 years on – a sausage roll costs $2.80 at Ramsgate Public School in NSW, 12 times the price of 1978.
Chocolate milk costs $1.80, which is only SIX times the price of 1978, and therefore an absolute bargain.
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A paper bag at Ramsgate Public School will cost you 10 cents, which could buy you an entire bread roll in 1978.
In 2017, canteen options include salads, wraps, fried rice, spaghetti bolognese, sushi, noodles and banana bread which were all very absent in the 1970s.
It seems we’ve grown out of devon and apple turnovers which is probably for the best.
Going by this rate of inflation, kids 40 years from now will be buying a sausage roll for $33.60.
Goodness. That is one very expensive lunch order.