Glass Negative - Alice, Jean & Edythe Ellison Harvie in Garden with Woman, Melbourne, circa 1918 - 1922 Image Reg. No: MM 043399

Glass plate negative portrait of Mrs Alice Harvie, Jean Wentworth Harvie and Edythe Ellison Harvie in a garden with a fourth woman. Ellison, as she was commonly known, is probably between the ages of 16 and 20 years old, and Jean is probably between the ages of 14 and 18 years.

This photograph was likely taken by Melbourne photographer, Robert Harvie, who is husband to Alice and father to Ellison and Jean. Also see MM 127668 and MM 043227 for image of same group of women.

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:
Features four women and a dog in a backyard. Two of the older women are seated and two of the younger women are standing with a garden shed and flower bed behind them. There is a grass lawn and shrubs and a garden hose stretching from a garden bed.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 120 mm (Height), 161 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: backyards, clothing, dogs, domestic animals, fences, flowers, families, portraits
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Gardens
Tertiary Classification: backyards
People Depicted: (left to right - back row):; Harvie, Jean; Harvie, Edythe Ellison; (left to right - front row):; Harvie, Alice Edington; unknown
Format: Glass Negative: Black & White; Quarter Plate
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1918 - 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 Jean was born in 1904. Ellison is probably between the ages of 16 and 20 years old, and Jean is probably between the ages of 14 and 18 years. For the dates during which it is thought this photograph was taken, the family lived at 27 Chanack Street, East Malvern, however it is unclear at which address this photograph was taken.
Person Depicted: Mrs Alice Harvie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1918 - 1922
Person Depicted: Miss Jean Harvie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1917 - 1922
Person Depicted: Miss Edythe Ellison Harvie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1917 - 1922
Creator (Possible): Mr Robert Harvie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1918 - 1922


Rod JONES Posted on 13 Dec 2012 12:27 AM
I have some original sketches of Devonshire Laue near Toequay and of Bordighera Italy done by Looie Harvie which are dated 1929. An address on the back of one sketch is 92 Stanhope St. Malvern.

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