The Porter Children

Relive the early twentieth century with Ella and Hazel Porter. See tinplate toys, miniature tea sets, schoolbooks and other childhood memorabilia in a special display.


Born during the first decades of the twentieth century, Ella and Hazel Porter grew up in rapidly changing times. Visitors to Miss Porter’s House museum can see a world before cheap toys and widely available plastics. On display are children’s toys and books. See the collection’s wonderful tin-plate mechanical toys, which probably date from before 1914, and young visitors will love the Miss Porters’ dolls and tiny china and enamel toy tea sets .

Both Herbert Porter and his daughters, Ella and Hazel, made the short journey from home to Cooks Hill PS during their school days. Magazines, photographs, reports, certificates and prizes paint a fascinating picture of school life. We know for instance that in 1923 12-year-old Ella Porter was one of thirty-eight students in form 1C, was graded ninth overall, was satisfactory at Shorthand but only tolerable at Business Principles. Her conduct, however, was very good. The school prizes, won mostly by Herbert Porter and his wife Florence, reflect a different world where books were few, text dense and illustrations rare.

In addition to the childhood memorabilia on display there is a century of household items, stencilled ceilings, exquisite craftwork, a historic fernery and small period garden; something for everyone at Miss Porter’s House!

Plan your Visit

Miss Porter’s House


434 King Street
Newcastle West 2302 NSW

(02) 4927 0202
Entry Fees:

National Trust members (and children under 5 yrs) - Free
Adults - $10.00
Concession -$8.00
Family - $25

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