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.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, landscape format.

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