Glass Negative - Robert & Edythe Ellison Havie Working in Garden, Melbourne, circa 1910-1914 Image Reg. No: MM 043216

Glass plate negative portrait of Robert William Harvie and his daughter, Edythe Ellison Harvie, working in a backyard garden. Ellison, as she was commonly known, is probably between the ages of 8 and 12 years.

There are a number of photographs in the collection of the Harvie family in gardens, presumably at the family's various residential addresses. The same backyard can be seen in MM 043215

Robert Harvie was a professional photographer who, with his business partner Albert Sutcliffe, owned a photography studio named Harvie & Sutcliffe between 1898 and 1908, located in the Cromwell Buildings, 366a Bourke Street, corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne.

The Harvie Collection includes examples of Robert Harvie's private and professional photographic practice. A number of the photographs depict the family life of four generations of the Harvie family, including the Lang family.

The Harvie and Lang families had social significance in Melbourne through their active involvement in early Australian vegetarian movements, early moving film, photography and architecture, as well as various other cultural societies and clubs in Melbourne.
Glass plate negative, black and white, landscape format.
Description Of Content:
A father and daughter raking in a backyard. The chimney of a house, a corrugated iron shed or exterior and a bicycle can be seen in the background.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 61 mm (Height), 87 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: backyards, bicycles, flowers, rakes, families
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Gardening
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
People Depicted: Harvie, Robert; Harvie, Edythe Ellison
Format: Glass Negative: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Victoria, Australia, circa 1910-1914

Image possibly depicts the backyard of one of three residences the family lived at in Malvern during the period of 1910 - 1916, however it is unclear at which address this photograph was taken. The family lived at 4 The Terrace, Malvern, from 1908 to 1911; 4 Inverness Ave, Malvern, from 1911 to 1913; and 27 Chanak Street, East Malvern, from 1913 onwards. Originally the image was assigned an estimated date range circa 1920s-1940s, however, further research into the age of Ellison indicates it was taken earlier. Ellison was born in 1902 and it is estimated that in this image she is probably between the ages of 8 and 12 years, placing the date range circa 1910-1914.
Person Depicted: Mr Robert Harvie, circa 1910 - 1914
Person Depicted: Miss Edythe Ellison Harvie, circa 1910 - 1914

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