Glass Negative - Jean and Edythe Ellison Harvie Working in Garden, Melbourne, circa 1908 - 1909 Image Reg. No: MM 043416

Glass plate negative portrait of Jean and Edythe Ellison Harvie working and playing in a garden. Ellison, as she was commonly known, is probably between the ages of 6 and 7 years and Jean is probably between the ages of 4 and 5 years. For a similar image see MM 043237.

It is thought that this photograph was taken by their father, studio photographer, Robert 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 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, portrait format.
Description Of Content:
Two young girls gardening dressed in lightly coloured dresses. The oldest with straight blond hair, kneels in the foreground, in the flower bed with a gardening instrument touching the earth. The younger girl stands with a watering can watching her. There is a wheelbarrow next to the girls and in the background there are chickens behind a fence, next to a shed.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 162 mm (Height), 118 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: chickens, children, clothing, fences, gardening, gardens, plants, shovels, watering cans, wheelbarrows
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Gardening
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
People Depicted: (standing); Harvie, Jean; (foreground):; Harvie, Edythe Ellison
Format: Glass Negative: Black & White; Quarter Plate
Place Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1908 - 1909

Image most likely taken in the backyard of one the family's residences. The Harvie family lived at 13 Armadale Road, Armadale from 1906 -1908 and 4 The Terrace, Malvern, from 1908 to 1911, however, it is unclear at which address this image was taken. 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 6 and 7 years and Jean is most likely between the ages of 4 and 5 years, placing the date range circa 1908 - 1909.
Person Depicted: Miss Edythe Ellison Harvie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1908 - 1909
Person Depicted: Miss Jean Harvie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1908 - 1909
Creator (Possible): Mr Robert Harvie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1908 - 1909

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