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Famous Flora's massage parlour

Famous Flora's massage parlour

Famous Flora's, one of Auckland's most colourful and dynamic brothels, occupied a building on Pitt Street for over 30 years. This family business closed early in 2008. Established by Ron King, it was later taken over by his daughter, Lyn Kingsnorth, and her brother Roy. Kingsnorth remembers dropping in to visit her father at his place of work when she was a child. The business was named after the well-known madam Flora MacKenzie, who established her sex business in Auckland in the 1940s. Some sex workers believed that the building was haunted by a client who died while experiencing the services on offer.

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Jan Jordan, 'Sex work - 20th-century sex work', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/29369/famous-floras-massage-parlour (accessed 12 December 2018)

Story by Jan Jordan, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 31 May 2018