Buda Doors and Chairs

I have featured the Buda Historic Home & Garden in some of my previous posts. I visited this place together with my daughter, Pat and my husband, Jack, when we spent a few days in Castlemaine in Victoria.

Buda Windows

Buda Gardens

Here is a little bit more history about the place.
THE LEVINY OF BUDA (photos from budacastlemaine.org)

Two generations of the Leviny family occupied Buda for the period of 118 years (1863-1981). Ernest Leviny (born in Hungary) purchased the property in Hunter street Castlemaine with one acre of land, then known as Delhi Villa, from Baptist missionary Rev. James Smith who, with his wife, had chosen the Mt Alexander Goldfields for retirement from the hardships of mission service in India.

Ernest and his new bride, Bertha, moved directly into the Delhi Villa right after their wedding in 1864. In 1890-1900 changes were made to the house and it was also then that the place was renamed Buda after the capital of Hungary, Budapest.

This is the entry to Ernest and Bertha’s home. For Dan’s Thursday Doors Challenge

As you enter the Leviny family home hallway, you will see their Family tree. Ernest and Bertha had ten children between 1865 and 1883: four sons: Louis, Alfred, Ernest and Francis, and six daughters: Mary, Ilma, Beatrice(Kate), Gertrude, Bertha(Dorothy) and Hilda. Of their four sons, two died under the age of five years leaving only Louis and Ernest Junior.

Each of the daughters was creative in some form of art or craft. The eldest, Mary, was said to have made everyone’s clothes, embroidering, smocking and decorating. Hilda specialized in embroidery, Gertrude in woodcarving, Kate in photography, and Dorothy in enamel work and metal.

Please click image to enlarge and to see the full photo.

The Buda Historic Home & Garden retains many of the household and personal belongings. Domestic items and original furnishings remain on display in the house.

These doors lead you to the Buda gardens.

The doors of the wooden shed in the garden and wooden walkways

Some wooden and metal places to sit. For Xingfumama’s Pull Up a Seat Challenge


  1. He must have missed his home country such a lot.

    1. Teresa says:

      I guess so…such a world away!

  2. A lovely place to visit, and remarkable history. I’m glad it is being preserved.

    1. Teresa says:

      Oh yes it is being supported by selfless people. And our visit helped a tiny bit ❤️

      1. That’s wonderful!

  3. Dan Antion says:

    What a lovely home. I like it when historic homes include some of the period artifacts. I also really like that shed. Thanks for bringing us along on the tour and for sharing the history.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks so much Dan. Your posts inspired me in this one…sharing a bit of the home’s history!

  4. Ju-Lyn says:

    You visit such wonderful places, Teresa! brimming with history and stories!
    Love the feature photo particularly – it’s like the opening of a period movie.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks for liking it, really appreciate comments such as this!

  5. XingfuMama says:

    Lovely antiques.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Mama!

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