Glass plate negative portrait of Mrs Alice Harvie, Jean Wentworth Harvie and Edythe Ellison Harvie picnicking with a fourth woman. Ellison, as she was commonly known, is most likely between the ages of 15 and 20 years old, and Jean is most likely between the ages of 13 and 18 years.

Also see MM 127668 and MM 043399 for photographs depicting the same group of women. It is thought that the photograph was taken by studio photographer, Mr. Robert Harvie. Mrs Alice Harvie is his wife and Ellison and Jean are his daughters.

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

A group of four women picnicking, a mother, her two daughters and another woman sitting on a blanket with a picnic basket, outdoors near some trees. The two older women in the centre of the image are wearing hats, while the two younger women sitting either side of the group have ribbons in their hair. All of the women are wearing long sleeved, white shirts.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, landscape format.

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