Elizabeth Blackman

(circa 1791 - 1849)

Personal details


     Elizabeth was born circa 1791. She was the daughter of James Blackman.1 As of circa 1816 her married name was Carlisle.1 As of circa 1824 her married name was Roberts.2


     She died on 18 March 1849 in aged 51 years, Richmond, AustraliaG. The Death Certificate records that she was "living with John Roberts".3

Family life


     She married William Carlisle circa 1816.1 She married John Roberts circa 1824 in de facto, Richmond, AustraliaG.2

Children of Elizabeth Blackman and William Carlisle

Life event details

Witnessed events

  • William, Charles, Maria, Elizabeth and Amelia traveled to in April 1817. "(William Carlisle brought) his brother-in-law, Charles Gordon, employed as an agriculturist, accompanied by wives and families, back in April 1817." (D A Rae)
    "The ranks of the women in New Zealand were swelling. Mr and Mrs Carlisle and Mr and Mrs Gordon came in 1817; the Butlers, the Kemps and the Puckeys arrived in 1819; the Shepherds in 1820; the Leighs in 1822; in 1823 Mr and Mrs Henry ..." (Simpson).4,5,6,7,1
  • Amelia, William, Charles, Maria, Elizabeth, James and John traveled to on 9 November 1819. "Writing privately to Josiah Pratt after his return to the colony, Marsden had the 'painful duty' of reporting, with a mixture of biblical metaphors, that he had found the settlers like so many sheep without a shepherd, each seeking his own advantage, so that the Enemy had made dreadful work amongst them, sowing tares in the wheat and stirring them up to mutual accusation. All had neglected their proper tasks, competing in private trade as a means of procuring food and gaining influence over the Maoris. ... William Carlisle and James Gordon felt humiliated at being seen by the Maoris as common labourers. Carlisle resigned, unable to cope with a timorous and clinging wife, Gordon was dismissed, and both men were shipped out with their families in the Active when Marsden left on 9 November. As a measure of the harshness he was capable of showing to his fellow man, Marsden let it be known in the colony when Gordon's wife died that it was a judgement of God upon his sins".8,1



  1. [S230] Journal Article, Carlisle William, Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record, 1788-1841, ABGR 1788-1841 p.62, State Library of NSW.
  2. [S128] Newspaper advertisement, Public caution, William Carlisle, Sydney Gazette, 17 Feb 1825, State Library of NSW.
  3. [S132] Death Certificate for Elizabeth Carlisle, No. 927, Vol. 34 in 1849, NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 1849.
  4. [S47] Journal article, William Carlisle and Charles Gordon, D A Rae, Auckland-Waikato Historical Journal, Vol 41, September 1982, Fleming Family History Archive held by Jim Fleming.
  5. [S56] Simpson, "Before Waitangi" in The Women of New Zealand. ).
  6. [S115] Committee Minutes, Church Missionary Society, FM4 1454, Archives Office of NSW.
  7. [S158] Journal Article, Gordon, Charles Moltson, Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record, 1788-1841, ABGR 1788-1841 p.159, State Library of NSW.
  8. [S52] Chapter, "Samuel Marsden" in The Bigge Commission of Inquiry.


William Carlisle's descendants