This is my second post about my visit to the historic house and garden of Buda in Castlemaine on Sunday, the 14th of September.
The first post featured the garden whilst this post features the house.
From 1864 until 1981, Buda was the home of the Leviny family; Ernest Leviny, a Hungarian silversmith and jeweller, his wife, Bertha, and their 10 children.
Buda remained home to five unmarried daughters for most of their lives. As adults, they returned to Buda when not pursuing careers, study or travel.
Like their father, the daughters were creative being keen followers of the arts and crafts movement.
Each daughter pursued a particular discipline:
Mary – embroidery and smocking
Gertrude – wood working
Kate – photography
Dorothy – metal work and enamelling
Hilda – embroidery.
All the objects on display, except for a grand piano, once belonged to the Leviny family. Many objects are the work of Ernest Leviny and the Leviny daughters.
The house was extensively renovated from 1890 to 1900. I imagine quite a lot of repairs had to be done after a huge storm when Hilda recalled sheltering under the dining room table whilst the chimneys crashed down through the roof.
These two photographs, the mounted emu egg and the decorative lead light window, were taken by my friend, Jennie.
The laundry or wash house, kitchen and maids’ bedroom are somewhat plainer than the main rooms of the house.