Miss Porter's House Museum open for Australia Day

Celebrate Australia Day by visiting one of Newcastle's heritage properties and view a century's worth of Australian household objects.

Miss Porter's House Museum in Newcastle West will open to the public on Sunday, January 26 and Monday, January 27.

The King Street heritage home was built by the Australian-born children of 19th century migrants, Herbert Porter, from Newcastle, and his wife Florence (nee Jolley), from the Singleton area.

"Their freestanding 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," Jean Bridges, the deputy chair of Miss Porter's House Management Committee, said.

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.

These items alongside news clippings, photographs and postcards illustrating local events collected by the family in addition to Eureka Stockade film memorabilia is on display in the home.

The 1949 epic staring Chips Rafferty was filmed near Florence Porter's childhood home.

The Miss Porter's house collection contains photos of the Porter women and their relatives exploring the film set of Eureka Stockade.

Miss Porter's House Museum is located at 434 King Street, Newcastle West. It will be open 1pm to 4pm both days.

The cost to enter is $10 for adults, $8 concession, $25 for families., Children under 5 are free.

For more information phone (02) 4927 0202.

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