Glass plate negative portrait of Missie Gwen Millard, possibly taken by Melbourne photographer, Mr. Robert Harvie.

The initial interpretration of the inscription on the glass negative named the girl 'Missie Gwen Nullard', however, another glass negative depicting the same child (MM 043428) indicated that the girl's name was in fact 'Missie Gwen Millard'.

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

Portrait of child with short, curly, dark hair, seated in a dark wooden chair with her arms resting high on top of the armrests. She is wearing a white dress, white socks and dark shoes.

Physical Description

Glass plate negative, black and white, portrait format. Negative is stained with blue paint over child's face and left arm. The glass negative is more matt, has a slightly different grain and less clarity than other images by Mr Harvie.

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