Pictures From The Past
Early twentieth century Newcastle life as lived by the Porter family of King Street. Courting post cards, holiday snaps, street scenes and local landmarks.
Where did Florence Porter hang the washing to dry? A pre 1919 photograph of her husband Herbert in their Newcastle West backyard helped the volunteers at Miss Porter’s House solve the mystery.
See Pictures From The Past in the museum’s monthly display. A picture is worth a thousand words and the many snaps, prints, commercial photos and post cards in the Miss Porter’s House collection paint a portrait of Newcastle life in the early years of the 20th century. They tell the stories of Florence and her daughters Ella and Hazel who lived in the house from 1910 until the death of Hazel Porter in 1997.
See Herbert celebrating an Eight Hour Day Procession on one of the Porter shop’s delivery carts and enjoying watermelon with friends. Recall one of the many Cottage Creek floods which were common in the early twentieth century and still inundate Newcastle West today. Find Florence’s washing line and see Ella and Hazel Porter at Cooks Hill School and posing for their first studio photos.