Miss Porter’s House is Closed

In the interests of the health of the community and our volunteers, Miss Porter’s House – National Trust of Australia remains closed until further notice.



Walking With The Porters – Postponed

All Event programming has been postponed until further notice.

Walking With The Porters of Miss Porter’s House, Newcastle West. Take a guided stroll around the family’s neighbourhood and hear about places brought to life with stories from the museum collection.  Start at Miss Porter’s House and finish there with scrumptious refreshments and a tour of the museum.

Newcastle West is changing rapidly but it’s possible to connect the past, present and future and walk in the footsteps of the Porter family of Miss Porter’s House, Newcastle’s only National Trust property.  Stroll past Herbert, Ella and Hazel’s school, the remains of Steel Street Gasworks and rail-line opposite their house, the flood-prone Cottage Creek, shops patronised by Florence Porter and other locations familiar to the family in the early years of the twentieth century.

The Miss Porter’s House Museum contains photographs, post cards, business correspondence receipts, memorabilia and many other items linking the family to their neighbourhood.  Hear places brought to life with stories from that collection and connect with the history of Newcastle West today. The short 2 km walk which starts and finishes at Miss Porter’s House will take about two and a half hours including a sandwich lunch and visit to the museum.  A great way to spend a morning.

Date:  Thursday, 14th May 2020 and Sunday, 17th May 2020 from 10:30am to 1:00pm. – postponed until further notice.



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Welcome to Miss Porter’s House

miss_porter_houseWhen newlyweds Herbert Porter and his bride Florence Jolly moved into their new home in 1910, their thoughts were focused on the here and now; the need to furnish and care for the house, and the need to cultivate their general store and carrier business in nearby Blaine (now Hunter) Street. They pondered too the prospect of starting a family, as Ella was born in 1911 and Hazel in 1914. Sadly, Herbert (and his mother) fell victim to the influenza epidemic in 1919, and Florence was left to raise the two girls.

Herbert and Florence could not have imagined that Ella and Hazel, who remained single and lived in the house all of their lives, would one day bequeath the house to the National Trust, an ambition realised after the death of Hazel in 1997.

Today visitors to this freestanding Edwardian House Museum can view:

  • 100 years of collectables
  • 1909-1940 furnishings
  • unique stencilled ceilings
  • collections of fabrics, clothing, and craft materials
  • the historic fernery and the intimate period garden

The house, grounds, interiors and contents are all intact and the property was continuously occupied by the Porter family for over ninety years.

For more information on this history of the Porter Family and the house, please see Miss Porter’s House – Local Treasures – ABC Newcastle.

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