Olveston Historic Home and its collection

Olveston Historic Home

Olveston Historic Home is a significant landmark in Dunedin, New Zealand. It was constructed between 1904 and 1906 for David Theomin, a prosperous merchant. This period property provides a glimpse into the life and times of its original owner, offering a unique perspective on the early 20th century.

Architectural and Technological Features of Olveston

Designed by Sir Ernest George in the Jacobean style, Olveston Historic Home was ahead of its time, featuring all the conveniences of the 20th century. These included central heating, an elevator, and various kitchen appliances such as a mixer and toaster. This gives visitors a sense of the luxury and modernity that the Theomin family enjoyed.

Art Collection at Olveston

The Theomin family, original owners of Olveston Historic Home, were avid collectors of art, pottery, and furniture. Their collection includes significant Japanese pieces and works by renowned artists such as W. M. Hodgkins, Frances Hodgkins, Alfred Henry O'Keeffe, and Frank Brangwyn. Visitors to the house can appreciate these exquisite pieces, reflecting the Theomins' refined taste and interest in art.

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Olveston Historic Home
42 Royal Terrace
9016 Dunedin

Visitor information Olveston Historic Home

Opening hours

9:30 – 17:00
9:30 – 17:00
9:30 – 17:00
9:30 – 17:00
9:30 – 17:00
9:30 – 17:00
9:30 – 17:00


Entry to Olveston is by guided tour only.
Entry to the gardens and gift shop is free


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Location & Map

42 Royal Terrace, Dunedin

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