Glass plate negative portrait of Mrs Matilda Lang, most likely with one of her great grandchildren, before her death in 1914.
It is thought that this photograph was taken by Matilda's grandson, studio photographer, Robert Harvie. Mrs Matilda Lang (nee Gilchrist) was the wife of Thomas Lang and the mother of Ellen D'Arcy Harvie (nee Lang), mother of Robert William Harvie. Matilda's great grandchildren from the Ellen Harvie's family were born between 1902 and 1913, and included Ellison, Jean, Donald, Kenneth, Malcolm, Alister and Bruce Harvie.
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.
Description of Content
An old woman in a long sleeved black dress with a white collar sitting in chair holding a baby, dressed in white standing on her lap, in a backyard.
Glass plate negative, black and white, landscape format.
Place & Date Depicted
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900 -1914
Originally the image was assigned an estimated date range circa 1920s-1940s, however, further research into the collection indicates a date range circa 1900 -1914. Matilda Lang passed away in 1914 and is most likely pictured here with her one of her great-granchildren from the Harvie family, all of whom were born between 1902 and 1913.
Glass Negative, Black & White
Along left edge, grey and black ink: 'R Harvie 0.217 (4?)'
Type of item
213 mm (Width), 160 mm (Height)