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Glass Negative - Matilda Lang, Ellen, Robert & Edythe Ellison Harvie in Garden, Melbourne, circa 1908 Image Reg. No: MM 043417

Glass plate negative portrait of Matilda Lang (nee Gilchrist), Ellen D'Arcy Harvie (nee Lang), Robert William Harvie and Edythe Ellison Harvie in a garden. Ellison, as she was commonly known, is probably around 6 years old.

This photograph shows four generations of Robert Harvie's family: his grandmother, Matilda (seated, left), his mother, Ellen (seated, right), himself (standing), and his daughter, Ellison.

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 elderly women, a man and a young girl posed in a garden. The two elderly women are seated either side of the young girl facing the camera. Her father stands side on behind them. The young girl is dressed in white. The woman on the left is dressed in black with a white shawl over her shoulders. The woman on the right is wearing a dark dress with light polka dots.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 162 mm (Height), 118 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: clothing, fences, gardens, plants, shawls, families
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: images (to be classified)
People Depicted: (standing); Harvie, Robert; (left to right - front row):; Lang, Matilda; Harvie, Edythe Ellison; Harvie, Ellen D'Arcy
Format: Glass Negative: Black & White; Quarter Plate
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1908

Originally the image was assigned an estimated date range circa 1920s-1940s, however, further research into the age of Ellison indicates it was taken earlier. Ellison was born in 1902 and is thought to be around 6 years old in this image. A large number of photographs taken by Robert Harvie of his family, are thought to depict the Harvie family's various residential addresses. For the dates during which it is thought this photograph was taken, Robert Harvie lived at 4 The Terrace, Malvern, from 1908 to 1911, and Ellen D'Arcy Harvie lived at Alma Road, Caulfield and then 26 Union Street, Malvern, around 1908; however it is unclear at which address this photograph was taken.
Person Depicted: Mr Robert Harvie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1908
Person Depicted: Miss Edythe Ellison Harvie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1908

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