Glass plate negative portrait of Jean and Edythe Ellison Harvie standing 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 043416.

It is thought that this photograph was taken by their father, studio photographer, Robert Harvie. Mr 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 girls in backyard. The youngest girl is seated in a chair with her head resting on her hand, looking down at the ground, while the oldest stands behind looking directly at the camera, holding onto the back of her sister's chair. Both girls are dressed in white dresses and the standing girl has a big white bow in her hair. Next to the girls is a watering-can on the right and in the background there are trees and a garden shed.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, portrait format.

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