Glass Negative - Two Girls Standing in front of House & Fence, Australia, circa 1890s - 1920s Image Reg. No: MM 043225

Glass plate negative portrait of two girls standing in the corner of a backyard in front of a house and fence.

The girl on the right is possibly Edythe Ellison Harvie, daughter of Melbourne studio photographer, Robert William Harvie. 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.

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 young woman dressed in a white dress standing next to another young woman dressed in a white shirt, dark, long skirt and dark tie, standing in the corner of a backyard, in front of a fence and the corner of a house.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 80 mm (Height), 106 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: backyards, clothing, fences
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Recreation
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Format: Glass Negative: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Australia, circa 1890 - 1920

Originally the image was assigned an estimated date range circa 1920s-1940s, however, further research into the collection indicates a date range circa 1890s-1920s. If the images does depict Ellison Harvie, this places the date roughly between 1917 to 1922. For an image of Ellison during this date range, see MM 043234. The image possibly depicts the backyard of one of the residences the family lived at in Malvern. During the period of 1917 to 1922, the family lived at 27 Chanak Street, East Malvern, however it is unclear at which address this photograph was taken.
Creator (Possible): Mr Robert Harvie, Australia, circa 1890 - 1920

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