Glass plate negative portrait of Matilda Lang (nee Gilchrist), Ellen D'Arcy Harvie (nee Lang), D'Arcy Thomas Harvie and Donald D'Arcy Harvie in a garden. Donald Harvie is probably around 6 years old.

This photograph shows four generations of Robert Harvie's family: his grandmother, Matilda (seated), his mother, Ellen (standing), his brother, D'Arcy (seated), and his nephew, Donald (standing). For a similar photograph of the same people see MM 043400.

It is thought that this photograph was taken by, studio photographer, Robert Harvie. A large number of photographs thought to be taken by Robert Harvie, of his family, are in gardens, possibly at the Harvie'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

A portrait of a family in a backyard. Two elderly women dressed in darkly coloured dressed, one seated, one standing next to a young standing boy, dressed in a lightly coloured jacket. A man in a darkly coloured suit sits on the right with his legs either side of the standing boy. There is a rug under the feet of the group, on top of a grass lawn, with trees and a fence in the background.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, portrait format.

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