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Rosalie (Rolie, Rollie, Roly) Moore
(Mrs. Rollie Moore Barrett, Mrs. Rollie Moore Barrett Pierce)


Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts (Diploma 1931)
Vancouver School of Art Graduates' Association
The Flying Seven

Rosalie Moore was an early graduate from the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts, receiving her diploma in 1931.

1931 Graduating Class

According to Mrs. Violet Kinnear, the Moore family lived in Hart House, Burnaby.

Her artwork was published in the December 1930 issue of The Paint Box, including one pen and ink advertisement on page 2 illustrated above, and a linocut print (see below) on page 52 illustrating an article on The Flyling Omlet, which was the nick name for her yellow Studebaker convertible.

The Spring 1936 edition of The Smock Pocket, the Vancouver School of Art Graduates' Association newsletter, noted that she and her sister Hazel "are leaving in May for a tour of Europe. Since graduation Roly has received her private Pilot's Licence."

"The Flying Omlet", photograph courtesy Mrs. Violet Kinnear

Moore was a member of a female pilots group known as the "Flying Seven" that was founded in Vancouver in 1936. The group had a colourful history that is well documented on a number of web sites including the two listed below. The "Flying Seven" were still active as recently as 1980.

According to information in NO PLACE FOR A LADY, following World War Two Moore was "widowed by the war and with a youngster to support" and expanded her pilot qualifications, becoming the "second Canadian woman to earn a Public Transport Licence" and "Canada's first woman charter pilot." She worked for Associated Air Taxi and for the B.C. Aero Club. Her second husband was also a pilot.

Later in life Moore lived on five acres in Mission, and had horses. One of her favorite horses was allowed to come into the house on occasion.

Rosalie and a visiting horse, photograph courtesy Mrs. Violet Kinnear





NO PLACE FOR A LADY: the story of Canada's women pilots, 1928-1992
      By Shirley Render, 1992; published by Portage & Main Press, Winnipeg Manitoba
      ISBN 0-9694264-2-9; includeds bibliographical references and index, illustrations.
      Includes information on the Flying Seven and Rosalie Moore

VSDAA / VSA - List of Students and Graduates 1925 - 1950

Interview with Mrs. Violet Kinnear, 124 West St. James Road, North Vancouver BC V7N 2P2
     By Gary Sim and Michael Clark (Emily Carr University Archivist), April 11 2010.
     Mrs. Kinnear is the niece of Ione Macdonald, a longtime friend of Rosalie's.


"Besides Tosca, the club includes ... Rollie Moore, who's been giving her Burnaby family wonderful frights by learning stunt flying ..."
     The History of Metropolitan Vancouver

"The 'Flying Seven' circa 1936 (from left to right) Jean Pike, Tosca Trasolini, Betsy Flaherty, Alma Gilbert, Elianne Roberge, Margaret (Fane) Rutledge, and Rolie Moore"
     B.C. Aviation Hall of Fame

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