Glass Negative - Alice, Jean & Edythe Ellison Harvie Picnicking with Woman, Australia, circa 1917 - 1922 Image Reg. No: MM 043227

Glass plate negative portrait of Mrs Alice Harvie, Jean Wentworth Harvie and Edythe Ellison Harvie picnicking with a fourth woman. Ellison, as she was commonly known, is most likely between the ages of 15 and 20 years old, and Jean is most likely between the ages of 13 and 18 years.

Also see MM 127668 and MM 043399 for photographs depicting the same group of women. It is thought that the photograph was taken by studio photographer, Mr. Robert Harvie. Mrs Alice Harvie is his wife and Ellison and Jean are his daughters.

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.

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 group of four women picnicking, a mother, her two daughters and another woman sitting on a blanket with a picnic basket, outdoors near some trees. The two older women in the centre of the image are wearing hats, while the two younger women sitting either side of the group have ribbons in their hair. All of the women are wearing long sleeved, white shirts.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 80 mm (Height), 140 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: baskets, clothing, hats, headwear, picnics picnicking, families, trees
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Leisure Collection, Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Picnicking
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
People Depicted: Left to right; Harvie, Edythe Ellison; Harvie, Alice Edington; unknown; Harvie, Jean
Format: Glass Negative: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Australia, circa 1917 - 1922

Originally the image was assigned an estimated date range circa 1920s-1940s, however, further research into the age of Ellison and Jean indicates it was taken earlier. Ellison was born in 1902 and it is estimated that in this image she is most likely between the ages of 15 and 20 years old, placing the date range circa 1917 - 1922. During this period the family was living at 27 Chanak Street, East Malvern, however this photograph does not appear to be taken at a residential address.
Person Depicted: Mrs Alice Harvie, Australia, circa 1917 - 1922
Person Depicted: Miss Edythe Ellison Harvie, Australia, circa 1917 - 1922
Person Depicted: Miss Jean Harvie, Australia, circa 1917 - 1922
Creator (Possible): Mr Robert Harvie, Australia, circa 1917 - 1922

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