Herbert Porter built the freestanding Edwardian terrace in 1909 and moved in with his bride Florence Jolley in 1910. 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.
The property was left to the National Trust by Miss Hazel Porter in 1997 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.
How to get here
Miss Porter’s House is located at 434 King Street, Newcastle West, NSW.
By public transport: The Newcastle Interchange train station is a 10-minute walk away. The closest light rail stop is Honeysuckle, which is a two-minute walk from Miss Porter’s House. If catching the bus, alight at Marketown, followed by a two-minute walk.
By car: Ticketed street parking is available outside Miss Porter’s House.
Planning ahead is the best way to get the most out of your visit to Miss Porter’s House. Here, you’ll find answers to some of our most frequently-asked questions about visiting.
When should I visit?
Miss Porter’s House is a lovely destination in Newcastle and well worth a visit all year round. Since it’s run by volunteers, the opening hours are limited to the second Sunday of each month from 1pm to 4pm.
Can I access the house and garden during my visit?
Yes, access to the house is included with entry. Visitors are also welcome to explore the quaint garden. If you would like a tour, please enquire with one of our experienced volunteers on arrival so we can help you get the most out of your visit.
Will children enjoy visiting?
A visit to Miss Porter’s House is a great way for children to explore Newcastle’s history. Young visitors can earn a Miss Porter’s House ‘Clever Detective’ certificate by following picture clues to identify a mystery object in each room.
Can tour groups visit?
Groups are more than welcome at Miss Porter’s House. To book a group visit, call (02) 4927 0202.