Events

Miss Porter’s House Open Day, Sunday 11th June 2017: Threads and Fibres 

See a wonderful collection of Arts and Crafts made by skilled craft-women Florence Porter and her daughters Ella and Hazel. Of particular interest is the range of basket work, embroidery and crochet and some fine fabric stencil work.

Stencilled cushion cover

Fabric Stencil

 

Mother’s Day Open House, Sunday 14th May 2017

A visit to Miss Porter’s House on Mother’s Day is a family tradition in Newcastle.  Miss Porter’s House contains a century’s worth of memorabilia providing a window to the lives of Florence Porter and her daughters Ella and Hazel.  We will have on display tea-sets, photographs, clothes, needlework, furnishings, furniture and other household goods.   We will also have a stall where you will be able to purchase a range of home-made items including tea cosies, small quilts, bags, aprons, toys, plants and preserves.

We hope to see you at Miss Porter’s House!

PORTER – JOLLEY SPECIAL FAMILY DAYS – SATURDAY, 15TH APRIL & SUNDAY, 16TH APRIL 2017

The relatives of Herbert Porter and Florence Jolley were invited to attend a special weekend at Miss Porter’s House, 434 King Street, Newcastle West on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April 2017 between 1-4pm.  Many relatives attended the special weekend and were extremely excited and happy about the changes that have occurred during the past decade.

The following photo represents four generations of family members. From left to right:

Jean Dick, Loraine Edwards, Sheree Edwards and Taylah Edwards.

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Open House – 9 April 2017

Miss Porter’s House will present an exhibition called From the beginning: Pictures of the Past, on Sunday 9 April between 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm. The exhibition draws on the House’s fine collection of photos and documents relating to the lives of the Porter family.

Open House – 12 March 2017

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Miss Porter’s House will celebrate International Women’s Day, on Sunday 12 March, with an exhibition of craft work by Florence, Ella and Hazel Porter. All three women were keen craft-workers, and made a range of domestic textile products. See examples of their work and the show certificates they won. Tour the House and see the craft.

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Open House – 12 February 2017

A display of everyday objects owned and used by Herbert and Florence and their daughters, Ella and Hazel, which spanned nine decades of the twentieth century, were recently on display on display at Miss Porter’s House.  Our clever detectives below with their certificates.

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Australia Day at Miss Porter’s House – Thursday, 26 January 2017 – 1-4 pm

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Australia Day Open House: An exhibition of Australian motifs in needlework, crockery and pottery at Miss Porter’s House.

Celebrate Australia Day with a good look around Miss Porter’s House: a century’s worth of Aussie household objects including kitchenware, dining ware, clothes, furniture and the free-standing Georgian terrace House itself. Our theme will be Australian motifs in needlework, crockery, pottery, postcards and souvenirs.

We will also have our stall which provides wonderful handmade products including jams, cakes, biscuits and plants.

Cost: $8 adults, $6 pensioners and children five years and over. Free to National Trust Members and children under five.

We would love to see you!

NATIONAL TRUST AWARDS

The National Trust Awards were held on 26th November 2016 at the National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill in Sydney.

Wendy Hawthorne was awarded the Trust Commendation Award in recognition of her consistent outstanding voluntary service and dedication to the National Trust in general and in particular as a volunteer at Miss Porter’s House.

Nola Barry was awarded the Voluntary Service Award in recognition of her consistent outstanding voluntary service and dedication to the work of the National Trust in general and in particular to Miss Porter’s House Management Committee.

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Congratulations to you both!

Open House 11 December 2016

Due to building works commencing at Miss Porter’s House on 28 November 2016, there will be no Open House on 11 December 2016.   We are hoping to be open for Australia Day.

Open House – 13 November 2016

Our theme at the next Open Day is ‘Making Do: Mending and Recycling Clothes in the Twentieth Century’.   See how families used their ingenuity to get maximum usage from their garments.

We will also have a Christmas Stall with plenty of goodies to tempt you …….

Open House – 9 October 2016

Miss Porter’s House will celebrate Children’s Day with a display of toys, books and other memorabilia of Porter family childhoods.

Toy – Clockwork Car; 43174 on eHive

Open House – 11 September 2016

Miss Porter’s House invites you to celebrate Spring by viewing our neat and colourful period garden and our display of Porter family household objects with floral designs.

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Open House – 14 August 2016

Miss Porter’s House will celebrate National Family History Month with a special Family History Month exhibition called ‘The Ephemera of Family History’.

Of particular interest is the collection of greeting cards, letters, photographs and other household records.

Browse our stall which offers foodstuffs, needlework, and speciality cards.

Please come along and enjoy the experience!

Student visit from the Hunter School of Performing Arts

Years 3 and 4 students from the Hunter School of Performing Arts visited Miss Porter’s House on 28 June 2016 and were thoroughly amazed.

Open House – 10 July 2016

The Porter Family in Newcastle’s West End

When the Porter family built their home opposite the Steel Street Gasworks (now a MacDonald’s outlet) 104 years ago, it was surrounded by Chinese gardens and the wooden huts of the gardeners. The Porters ran a general store in Hunter Street until 1919, and continued as residents there until the death of Miss Hazel Porter in 1997.

Our 10 July 2016 exhibition at Miss Porter’s House (Newcastle’s only National Trust House) celebrates the contribution of the Porters to Newcastle society and commerce.

The House is located at 434 King Street, Newcastle West (between Steel and Union Streets) and is open from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm. Admission: $8 adults, $20 family, $5 pensioners and children five years and over. Free to National Trust Members and children.

James Porter's Store - probably in the late 1890's

Open House – 12 June 2016

“Threads and Fibres” is our theme for Open Day at Miss Porter’s House on Sunday, 12 June 2016.

See a collection of Arts and Crafts made by skilled crafts-women – Florence Porter and her daughters Ella and Hazel. Of particular interest is the range of basket work, embroidery and crochet and some fine fabric stencil work.

Threads and Fibres

Open House – 8 May 2016

A visit to Miss Porter’s House (Newcastle’s only National Trust building) on Mother’s Day is becoming a family tradition in Newcastle. The house, located at 434 King Street, Newcastle West (between Steel and Union Streets), contains a century’s worth of memorabilia to the lives of Florence Porter, and her daughters Ella and Hazel: photographs, clothes, needlework, furnishings, furniture, and other household goods.

Four Generations Visit

Four Generations Visit Miss Porter’s on Mother’s Day in 2014

On Sunday 8 May a special Mother’s Day exhibition of tea sets will be on display.
Admission: $8 adults, $6 pensioners and children five years and over. Free to National Trust Members and children under five. The House opens from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

Schools Visit Day – St James Primary School, Kotara

Year 1 students from St James Primary School visited Miss Porter’s House on 22 March 2016. Volunteers were kept busy with questions from the students who were excited and completely fascinated with the lives of the Porter Family.

Front and rear of house

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Dining Room

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Back Bedroom

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Front Bedroom

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A special doll that the Porter’s sisters played with

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21st Birthday Key

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