Elizabeth (Lizzie) Rouse (1845-1931) was the third child of Edwin Rouse and his wife Hannah Hipkins and was a granddaughter of Richard and Elizabeth Rouse of Rouse Hill. She was born at the Rouse family property Guntawang near Mudgee but by the time this photograph was taken, probably in late 1855, Edwin and Hannah Rouse and their children had come to live at Rouse Hill, Edwin having taken responsibility for the property following his father's death. This daguerreotype portrait is one of a suite of studio portraits of Edwin and Hannah’s three daughters taken at a single session. The girls were described by a family friend as ‘Blooming Emma’, ‘Laughing Lizzie’, and ‘Phoebe like a fawn’1 – although Lizzie is sombre, not laughing, in this photograph. As a young woman Lizzie travelled back and forth between Australia and England with her mother and siblings. In 1884 she married Scottish-born Major Frederic Buckley Campbell of the Connaught Rangers in London and remained in England for the rest of her life.
1. Description from a narrative poem by Esther Evelyn Robinson, written c1858-1860, published in Caroline Rouse Thornton: Rouse Hill House and the Rouses, Nedlands, WA, Caroline Thornton, 1988, pp.103-105.