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If These Walls Could Talk…

Morpeth is a historical village that was founded in 1821. As Australia's second-largest river port only to Sydney, it was once a thriving hub in NSW, and the spot James Campbell chose to build his general store in 1835.


From his first-floor lounge room window, he could watch the steamships unload his stock into his riverside warehouse from one of Morpeth's twelve wharves. Goods were then carted up the hill and into Campbell's General Store.

Settlers came from as far away as the Queensland border to shop at Morpeth, purchasing everything they required, from food to haberdashery, clothing, kitchen gear and building materials.

Today not much has changed! James' servant Elizabeth, who was murdered by a jealous lover, still roams the upper floor rooms, and Campbell's Store now houses the Morpeth Antique Centre with 25 dealers showcasing all things ancient, antique, vintage, deco to retro and bric-a-brac.

It's like walking through history or your great grandma's house. Jewellery, chintz and china, depression glass, militaria, nautical and industrial, tools, coins, silver, kitchen gear, bakelite, Olympic, plush toys and tin toys and games… there's something of interest for everyone, young and old.

In the back garden area, you'll find an old Brake Van and Slab Hut Cottage, which has been transformed into the most fabulous 'Man Cave' by Robinson Ordinance. Militaria, hunting, sport, garage and transport gear is popular with everyone, but especially men. Traditionally tricky to buy for, we guarantee you'll find something of interest for the men in your life here.

The former Servant's Quarters has been converted into a tearoom, which serves a fabulous Devonshire Tea with real cream and fresh strawberry jam and leaf tea in a pot.

The Morpeth Antique Centre is open Thursday through to Sunday, and on public holiday Mondays from 10am – 5pm.



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