Glass plate negative portrait of Robert William Harvie standing in a garden with gardening tools.

The date range for this photograph is taken from a similar photograph of the Mr Harvie gardening with his daughter, Ellison Harvie, see MM 043216. There are a number of photographs in the collection of the Harvie family in gardens, presumably at the family's various residential addresses.

Robert 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

Image of a man leaning on a shovel while gardening in a backyard. The man is wearing a white shirt and black pants. In the foreground of the image there is vegetation and a bush, and in the background there is a wooden fence, barrels and trees.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, portrait format.

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