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.

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.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, portrait format.

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