Glass plate negative portrait of Jean and Edythe Ellison Havie in a garden with a seated woman. Ellison, as she was commonly known, is probably between the ages of 16 and 20 years and stands behind the other two girls. Jean is probably between the ages of 14 and 18 years and is seated on the ground.

It is thought that this photograph was taken by their father, studio photographer, Robert William Harvie. 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 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

Three women in backyard with a shed, tree and wooden fence behind them. One woman is dressed in a white shirt and dark skirt, and stands behind the other women with her hands on an unknown woman's shoulders. This woman is wearing all white and seated in a chair with her right arm around the third woman, seated on the ground, also dressed in all white.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, portrait format.

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