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Negative - Family in Front of a Stone Cottage, Harveytown, Victoria, circa 1885 Image Reg. No: MM 003664

Black and white photograph of a man, woman and child in front of a stone cottage in Clarke Street, Harveytown, also now known as Eaglehawk, near Bendigo in the goldfields area of Victoria, circa 1885. It is unclear who the family is but it is possible that it is Eliza and Thomas Harvey, Cornish immigrants who built the cottage.

This stone cottage was built in about 1875 by Eliza and Thomas Harvey, who, according to the donor of this photograph, the township of Harveytown was named after. The Harvey family were Cornish stonemasons and this cottage is one of three stone cottages built by the family.The cottages are now listed by the National Trust of Victoria, and were first heritage listed in 1975.
Description Of Content:
A man, woman and child in front of a stone cottage. The man, at far left, wears a shirt, vest and hat, and the woman, in the middle, wears a shirt and skirt. The child is standing at right, on the left side of a tree. There is a garden in the foreground. The cottage is one of two visible cottages in a row of three. There is a chimney on the cottage at far left, then a window and an open door, then at right is another window, a chimney on the roof, a closed door, and another window.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mrs D McKenzie, 1987
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

More information

Tagged with: gardens, houses, stonemasons, trees, families, chimneys, windows
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Residential Buildings
Tertiary Classification: exteriors
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Harveytown, Victoria, Australia, circa 1885

Harveytown is also known as Eaglehawk.
References: National Trust of Australia - Victoria - File Number: B3526. See also Files 3600, 3601. accessed 5 July 2010.


Claire Posted on 24 Mar 2010 12:27 PM
who is the husband and wife and child?
any chance these are the Harvery's themself? Or maybe the Oates?
Discovery Centre Posted on 24 Mar 2010 3:45 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Claire - We have forwarded your query to the curator responsible for this image. We will get to you soon with more information!
Discovery Centre Posted on 06 Jul 2010 10:50 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Claire - apologies for the delay getting back with an answer. Harveytown was apparently,according to the donor of the image, built by the their husband’s great-great-grandfather’s family, Eliza and Thomas Harvey, who built the house in the photograph. The donor did not know who was in the photo or who took it, but other family members might be able to cross-reference the people in this photo with photographs they have that name the family. Fingers crossed a family history buff comes across the site and can offer more info. It is certainly possible it is the Harvey family in the photo but we really can’t say.
sandra copley Posted on 10 Oct 2011 11:33 AM
I believe the child in the photograph is my great grandmother, Elizabeth West (nee Harvey)
She lived in Coolgardie, WA, and subsequently died whilst living with my grandmother, Mary Jane Seiver (nee West.) She is buried in the West Tce Cemetary, Adelaide SA.
sandra copley Posted on 28 Feb 2013 5:10 PM
Further information regarding Thomas Harvey's daughter, Elizabeth Ellen Harvey, she was born on 1 April 1864 at Creswick, Vic, and was in Bendigo in the 1903 Census.She married and had five children. Mary Jane, Hannah, Alice, Robert and William West. The family sailed by ship from Vic to Fremantle, where they travelled to Coolgardie.

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