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Glass Negative - Robert & Edythe Ellison Harvie Standing in Garden, Melbourne, circa 1921 Image Reg. No: MM 043407

Glass plate negative portrait of Robert and Edythe Ellison Harvie standing in a garden near a shed. Ellison, as she was commonly known, is probably between the ages of 17 and 20. Robert Harvie passed away in 1922. For a similar image of Robert and his wife, Alice, see MM 043405.

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 father and daughter standing in a backyard near a shed. The daughter is wearing a white dress and her father is wearing a darkly coloured suit and has a mustache. He is looking directly at the camera. In the foreground there is a garden bed and a lawn. In the background there are plants, trees, a shed and a fence.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 118 mm (Height), 162 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: backyards, fences, gardens, people, plants, sheds, spades, families
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Gardens
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
People Depicted: Harvie, Edythe Ellison; Harvie, Robert
Format: Glass Negative: Black & White; Quarter Plate
Place & Date Depicted: Victoria, Australia, circa 1921

The date range of the photograph is most likely between 1919 and 1922, considering the age of Ellison and the fact that Robert passed away in 1922. Ellison was born in 1902 and is most likely between the ages of 17 and 20. There are a number of photographs in the collection of the Harvie family in gardens, presumably at the family's various residential addresses. For the dates during which it is thought this photograph was taken, the family lived at 27 Chanak Street, East Malvern, however it is unclear at which address this photograph was taken.
Person Depicted: Miss Edythe Ellison Harvie, circa 1921
Person Depicted: Mr Robert Harvie, circa 1921

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