Bertha Leviny (1844-1923)
Bertha was born in Greenwich, England, and travelled to Australia with her family in early 1850, settling first in Melbourne and then moving to Launceston, Tasmania. Ernest and Bertha were married in December 1864 in Launceston, and moved directly to Delhi Villa after their wedding.
The Leviny Children
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. The eldest son, Louis, served in the Boer War and lived in South Africa. Their other surviving son, Ernest Junior, worked as a surveyor in Western Australia on such projects as the Kalgoorlie pipeline and early railway works. He married and lived in Melbourne, returning to Buda to live after the death of his wife in the 1930s. Only one of the six daughters married. Ilma married Dr Jim Thompson, and they lived in Castlemaine, not far from Buda. Ilma had five daughters, who spent much of their time at Buda with their aunts.