Miss Porter's House is open on second Sunday each month, 1pm to 4pm, with timed entry tickets.
History of Miss Porter’s House
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.
Herbert Porter and his bride Florence Jolley moved into their new home in 1910. A gate in their backyard led to James Porter’s grocery store and it was from the accompanying yard and stables that James’ son Herbert conducted his carrier business. The young couple soon started a family, Ella was born in 1911 and Hazel in 1914. Sadly, Herbert (and his mother) fell victim to the influenza epidemic of 1919 and Florence was left to raise the two girls as a sole parent.
What will you see when you visit
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.
To learn more about what you will discover when you visit Miss Porter’s House, watch our virtual tour which you’ll find further down this page. This video was supported by Create NSW’s Volunteer Museum Grant Program, a devolved funding program administered by Museums and Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.
How to book your tickets
We are thrilled to welcome the community back to this Edwardian Terrace and its wide collection of pieces that are a living snapshot pre-1950’s life in Newcastle following the COVID-19 shut down. However, please note you must purchase a ticket in advance and timed entry applies.
As required by NSW Government regulations, all visitors must use the Service NSW QR code to check in at properties. You can download the app to your smartphone before you visit us.
Please read Terms & Conditions of Entry for more information.