Built by the Porters in 1909, the family lived in this freestanding Edwardian terrace until 1997, when they left it to the National Trust with all its contents intact. It is now a living snapshot of pre-1950s life in Newcastle.
Miss Porter’s House is a living home, offering you a rare and privileged visit into other lives and times. Built in 1909 by Herbert Porter, the terrace was home to the Porter family until 1997. The property was left to the National Trust by Miss Hazel Porter with its contents intact, providing today’s visitors with a vivid experience of early to mid-twentieth century inner-city life in Newcastle. Miss Porter’s House is filled with 1909-1940 furnishings and personal items which tell the story of the family over more than a century.
When 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.
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.
Tea and Tours (a booking is required)
If you would like to partake in a Tea and Tour, it will be approximately $20-$25 depending upon your requirements. You will be offered a selection of sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, cakes or slices, meringues and strawberries including tea or coffee and a tour of the house.
A minimum of 8 people or a maximum of 16 people is required.
Alternatively, if you are interested in holding a workplace luncheon or after work drinks and nibbles please contact:
Phone: (02) 4927 0202 or Email: mph@