Glass plate negative portrait of Jean and Edythe Ellison Harvie standing in a garden. Ellison, as she was commonly known, is most likely between the ages of 8 and 14 years and Jean is most likely between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

It is thought that this photograph was taken by their father, studio photographer, Robert Harvie. 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. 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 same backyard can be seen in MM 043216

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 girls standing next to a tree in a backyard. The girl on the left is wearing a long sleeved dress and dark knee high socks, and is holding onto the tree with her left arm. The girl on the right is dressed in a white long sleeved dress and dark knee high socks, with her back to the tree, facing the camera. The chimney of a house and a corrugated iron shed or exterior can be seen in the background.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, portrait format.

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