Glass plate negative portrait of two girls standing in the corner of a backyard in front of a house and fence.

The girl on the right is possibly Edythe Ellison Harvie, daughter of Melbourne 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

A young woman dressed in a white dress standing next to another young woman dressed in a white shirt, dark, long skirt and dark tie, standing in the corner of a backyard, in front of a fence and the corner of a house.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, landscape format.

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