Glass Negative - Jean & Edythe Ellison Harvie Standing in Garden, Melbourne, circa 1910-1916 Image Reg. No: MM 043215

Glass plate negative portrait of Jean and Edythe Ellison Harvie standing in a garden. Ellison, as she was commonly known, is most likely between the ages of 8 and 14 years and Jean is most likely between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

It is thought that this photograph was taken by their father, studio photographer, Robert Harvie. Robert William 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. Harvie regularly used his daughters as subjects for his photographs, a large number of which are taken in gardens, presumably at the family's various residential addresses.The same backyard can be seen in MM 043216

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, portrait format.
Description Of Content:
Two girls standing next to a tree in a backyard. The girl on the left is wearing a long sleeved dress and dark knee high socks, and is holding onto the tree with her left arm. The girl on the right is dressed in a white long sleeved dress and dark knee high socks, with her back to the tree, facing the camera. The chimney of a house and a corrugated iron shed or exterior can be seen in the background.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 87 mm (Height), 61 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: sheds, trees, gardens, children, backyards
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Recreation
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
People Depicted: (left to right); Harvie, Edythe Ellison; Harvie, Jean
Format: Glass Negative: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Victoria, Australia, circa 1910-1916

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 the girls depicted indicates it was taken earlier. Ellison was born in 1902 and Jean was born in 1904. In this image it is estimated that Ellison is most likely between the ages of 8 and 14 years and Jean is most likely between the ages of 6 and 12 years, placing the date range circa 1910-1916
Person Depicted: Miss Edythe Ellison Harvie, circa 1910-1916
Person Depicted: Miss Jean Harvie, circa 1910 -1916
Creator (Possible): Mr Robert Harvie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910 - 1916

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