Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born in Scotland c.1832, died at Richmond Plains, Vic, 1 June 1906.
Born in Scotland, one of at least four children, to Alexander Fernie (1794-1854) and Sarah née Hall (c.1803-1875). The family migrated to Vic. and settled at Malmsbury where they established the firm of 'Fernie Bros.' farmers and graziers.
Eliza collected a MEL specimen at Malmsbury, (no date). In 1876, Eliza's sister Janet Jarvis Fernie died and Eliza inherited her estate.
In the late 1870s, 'Fernie Bros.' aquired land at Richmond Plains near Wedderburn. Eliza suffered a serious horse and cart accident there in 1896. Her brother David Fernie died in 1905 and Eliza inherited his estate.
She died the following year at Richmond Plains, aged 74, but was buried at the Malmsbury Cemetery.
Source: extracted from: Maroske, Sara and Vaughan, Alison (2014) 'Ferdinand Mueller's female plant
collectors: a biographical register', Muelleria Vol.32 [consult for source references]