Glass plate negative portrait of Edythe Ellison Harvie standing in a garden, probably between the ages of 8 and 12 years.
It is thought that this photograph was taken by her father, studio photographer, Robert William Harvie. 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. 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.
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.
Description of Content
A young girl standing in a backyard surrounded gardening equipment including a shovel and planting pots. She is dressed in a long sleeved, darkly coloured dress with her hair in pigtails. In the background there is a wooden fence covered in in ivy, a shed and a tree.
Glass plate negative, black and white, landscape format.
Place & Date Depicted
Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910-1914
Image possibly depicts the backyard of one of three residences the family lived at in Malvern during the period of 1910 - 1916, however it is unclear at which address this photograph was taken. The family lived at 4 The Terrace, Malvern, from 1908 to 1911; 4 Inverness Ave, Malvern, from 1911 to 1913; and 27 Chanak Street, East Malvern, from 1913 onwards. 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 it is estimated that in this image she is probably between the ages of 8 and 12 years, placing the date range circa 1910-1914.
Harvie, Edythe Ellison
Glass Negative, Black & White
Type of item
87 mm (Width), 61 mm (Height)