Glass plate negative portrait of Jean and Edythe Ellison Harvie working and playing in a garden. Ellison, as she was commonly known, is probably between the ages of 6 and 7 years and Jean is probably between the ages of 4 and 5 years. For a similar image see MM 043237.

It is thought that this photograph was taken by their father, studio photographer, Robert Harvie. 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.

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

Two young girls gardening dressed in lightly coloured dresses. The oldest with straight blond hair, kneels in the foreground, in the flower bed with a gardening instrument touching the earth. The younger girl stands with a watering can watching her. There is a wheelbarrow next to the girls and in the background there are chickens behind a fence, next to a shed.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, portrait format.

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