Glass plate negative portrait of Mrs Alice Harvie, Jean Wentworth Harvie and Edythe Ellison Harvie in a garden with a fourth woman. Ellison, as she was commonly known, is probably between the ages of 16 and 20 years old, and Jean is probably between the ages of 14 and 18 years.

This photograph was likely taken by Melbourne photographer, Robert Harvie, who is husband to Alice and father to Ellison and Jean. Also see MM 127668 and MM 043227 for image of same group of women.

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

Features four women and a dog in a backyard. Two of the older women are seated and two of the younger women are standing with a garden shed and flower bed behind them. There is a grass lawn and shrubs and a garden hose stretching from a garden bed.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, landscape format.

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