Buda is a charitable not-for-profit organisation supported by Mount Alexander Shire Council and is recognised as an important historical and cultural asset of Victoria. An accredited museum with Museums Australia, Buda is open for public viewing year round, and is complemented by an annual events and exhibition program

Buda management is entrusted to a volunteer committee of management plus three permanent staff to run it’s day to day affairs and plan events that raise funds for the ongoing upkeep of the property and allow for public access.

Annual Report 2018 – 2019

Annual Report 2017 – 2018

The Buda Committee of Management


Bronwyn Rudolph – President

Registered Building Practitioner
BA interior Architecture RMIT 1976
Runs Design Connections building design service
Member of:
BDAV (building designers association of Victoria)
National Trust Victoria
Furniture History Society of Australia

Pat Grumont – Secretary

Retired Teacher
Education Consultant
Associated with Buda since 1981

Teeshia Fitzgerald

Castlemaine Uniting Church Councilor 15 years
B & B Operator
Garden Room Coordinator 10 years

Christine Lloyd

Retired secondary art and design teacher.
Buda Tour Guide since 2018.
Treasurer, Friends of Castlemaine Art Museum
Castlemaine Art Museum trainee Guide

Cr Tony Cordy

Co-opted member Mount Alexander Shire Council

Peter Lukaitis – Vice President

Sergeant of Victoria Police (Retired)
Accredited Mediator

George A. Milford – Treasurer

Accountant FCPA
Trustee Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum
Trustee S R Stoneman Foundation
Previously Finance Controller Thompsons Kelly & Lewis Pty Ltd
Lengthy experience as Hon Treasurer of community organizations

Colin Tracey

Retired: Operations Manager Telstra Satellite Services
Retired: Bendigo Campus Manager Girton Grammar School
Primarily associated with Buildings and Grounds maintenance work

Claire Bayliss

Retired Assistant Principal (Maryborough Education Centre)
Professional Associations: Board Member Victorian Principals Association (ex)
Association with Buda: Since 1988 (intermittent)

Buda Staff


Lauretta Zilles – House curator

Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Heritage – Museum Studies Deakin University, Melbourne
Alex Copland Attingham Scholar (2016)
Former Curator Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum  (1986-1995)

Jill Hildebrandt – Garden curator

Trade qualified in Floristry, Nursery and Horticulture
Former gardener at Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
Former gardener at Nillimbick Shire Indigenous plant nursery

Vivienne Hamilton – Communications and Administration Manager

BA (Fine art Phot) RMIT University
Post Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management UniSA