Buda Historic Home & Garden
Buda Historic Home and Garden is one of the great heritage assets of the Victorian Goldfields region. The gracious historic home, built in 1861, is surrounded by 1.2 hectares of garden noted as being one of the most significant of its era surviving in Victoria.
Buda Historic Home and Garden was opened to the public as a museum in 1982. The property is owned by the Trustees of the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum and since 1986 has been managed by an independent body, Buda Incorporated.
This collection is housed within Buda Historic Home and Garden, located in Castlemaine. the 1861 house is surrounded by 1.2 hectares of garden with many original plantings, noted as being one of the most significant of its era surviving in Victoria. The collection within the house has approximately 4,000 catalogued items, comprising of domestic objects, furnishings, textiles, books, artworks, documents. personal effects and photographs, all belonging to the Leviny family. Noteworthy is the collection of silver objects made in the mid-nineteenth century by Hungarian, Ernest Leviny, a colonial gold and silversmith who arrived on the Castlemaine goldfields in 1853. In addition to this, items made by the Leviny daughters in the Arts and Crafts style, popular at the turn of the twentieth century also feature in the house, with articles of embroidery, woodcarving and metalwork displayed throughout the house and garden. Of further interest is the collection of original artworks, dating mostly from the early twentieth century, by artists such as Margaret Preston, Mildred Lovett, Ursula Ridley Walker, Eveline Syme and Alice Newell to mention just a few.
The collection at Buda is of significance particularly for its historic, aesthtic and social value. It meets the comparative criteria of significance to a high degree in the areas of provenance, representativeness, rarity, intactness and integrity with vast potential for further interpretation. *It is one of few house museums in Australia with an intact collection that belonged to the family who lived there continuously for 118 years. * It belonged to a prominant migrant and pioneer citizen of Castlemaine who was also noted nationally for hos contribution to gold and silversmithing in Australiai * It is the only house museum open to the public the the world-famous Central Goldfields of Victoria wwith a direct link to the goldrush of the 1850s.