About Broughton House

Broughton House is a classic Victorian era house (circa 1870) set on a large garden allotment. It is fully self-contained and very private. Broughton House is a freestanding solid brick home of four main rooms. It has a slate stepped entrance to a central hallway leading to a rear farmhouse style kitchen with a coved wooden ceiling and adjoining sitting/meals area. Below ground is an original cellar with a slate paved floor and brick shelves.

Constable Bernard Duffy arrived in Australia in 1856 and was joined by his family in 1857 when they arrived in Melbourne on the vessel Broughton Hall. Constable Duffy acquired the land where Broughton House now stands during the first sale of Crown land in the area of the Gold Commissioners Camp in 1863. Recently, Broughton House has been professionally renovated in keeping with a classic/contemporary style.


View from Goldsmith Crescent towards Broughton House.

Front exterior view looking across the verandah.

Front exterior view looking up the front steps towards the main entrance.

Interior view along central hallway.

Interior view of 'farmhouse' kitchen with marble bench tops and wood panelled cove ceiling.

Interior view of sunroom with outlook to rear garden.


Welcome to the historic Victorian Goldfields region! The Goldfields region in central Victoria (about 1 to 2 hours from Melbourne) is witness to the legacy of the goldrush era (about 150 years ago). There are some imposing examples of Victorian architecture and a cultural heritage stemming from the wealth derived from the gold and the diversity of people living and working in this region at the time.

Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum is located at the western end of Lyttleton Street. The Castlemaine Art Gallery has focussed on Australian art since it was founded in 1913 and has an impressive collection of Australian Impressionists including McCubbin, Roberts and Streeton. In the basement below the art gallery is the Castlemaine Historical Museum. It has a significant collection of objects and artefacts relating to the history of the area; and includes a fine collection of porcelain, gold and silverware.

The Restorer’s Barn in Mostyn Street is an Aladdin’s Cave of old treasures; it has a vast and fantastic assortment of fabulous stuff! You can easily browse for an hour or more; or you may search for and find just the thing you need for that renovation project.

The Castlemaine Rod Shop is the street rod centre of Castlemaine and Castlemaine is the ‘Street Rod Centre of Australia’.

Drummond Body Care, just opposite the Restorer’s Barn in Mostyn Street is this specialist purveyor of natural soaps and cosmetics. The shop has a fascinating display of products and is somewhat overwhelming! We try to get our soaps and bath salts from here for our guests and for home.

Buda is an authentic house and garden surviving from the gold rush era. It was home to the creative Leviny family for 118 years and houses their significant collection of art works. Set in 1.2 hectares of enchanting gardens, Buda houses the Leviny family’s art and craft collections, furnishings and domestic effects. It is a unique record of this creative family over a period of 118 years; Buda conveys the feeling of a lived-in house and garden in an authentic way.

Castlemaine State Festival began in 1976 and has grown to become Australia’s flagship regional arts festival. The Castlemaine area is rich with artists who work both with invention and as artisans. The Festival transforms iconic venues into galleries and has sculpture installed in public spaces throughout the town; it also features a range of classical and contemporary music; live theatre in Castlemaine’s historic theatres and halls, as well as in unique venues including mines, churches, parklands and public sites.


Broughton House, Goldsmith Crescent, Castlemaine, Victoria.

Gold discoveries sparked an influx of people and led to widespread mining activity that would come to define Castlemaine. The immediate area became the richest alluvial goldfield in the world and from 1851 attracted tens of thousands of gold prospectors all hoping strike it rich! The wealth derived from the gold saw the construction of many stately homes, grand community buildings and some large formal gardens. Many of these fine period examples remain and are still very well preserved; they beautifully reflect the wealth and optimism of the mid- and late-1800s. More recently, Castlemaine has developed into a vibrant, culturally-rich township with a sophisticated energy. It's now renowned for the arts and is abuzz with quality cafes, eclectic shops, art galleries and festivals; and some of the historic homes and gardens are open to visitors. Castlemaine is about 120 km north west of Melbourne.

CastlemaineDowntown Castlemaine.


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