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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Celebrate Australia Day at Miss Porter’s House

Hunter residents and visitors alike will have the opportunity to celebrate Australia Day 2021 by visiting a much-loved heritage property in Newcastle.

Miss Porter’s House Museum, located at 434 King Street, is opening its doors on Tuesday 26 January from 1pm until 4pm.

And, everyone’s invited to step into a world where life remains permanently fixed in the 20th century.

In 1997, Ms Hazel Porter bequeathed her family home and contents to the National Trust of Australia (NSW), giving the organisation a free-standing two-storey brick terrace-style urban Edwardian residence that was built in 1909.

Very little has changed since that time.

While Miss Porter’s House Museum is usually open to the public on the second Sunday of each month (from February to December), 26 January is an exception to the rule.

Florence, Ella and Hazel Porter.

“We look forward to this event every year,” Miss Porter’s House Management Committee deputy chair Jean Bridges said.

“People can see – and visit – the home created by the Australian-born children of 19th century migrants.

“Newcastle boy Herbert Porter and his wife Florence raised a family in Newcastle West.

“Their free-standing Edwardian home is now a National Trust museum containing a century of household memorabilia including many which reflect their interest in the local area and all things Australian. 

“Florence and her daughters, Ella and Hazel, were excellent craftswomen.

“Their crochet, embroidery and stencil work included many native motifs while images of kookaburras, kangaroos and wattle adorn commercial brooches, matchboxes and tea towels.

“They also collected news clippings, photographs and postcards illustrating local events.”

A kookaburra brooch.

Tickets to the Australia Day function are $10 (adults), $8 (concessions) and $25 (family) while children five years and younger will be admitted free.

For further information, phone 4927 0202, visit www.nationaltrust.org.au or go to missportershouse on Facebook.