Also known as: Elizabeth Taylor Sutherland, Elizabeth Sharland, also spelled Woodroff or Woodruff or Woodruffe

Born: about 1844, Scotland, United Kingdom

Died: April 1, 1892, St. Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Nationality: Scottish

Family: Woodroffe

Glassworking relatives:

  • Charles A. Woodroffe (husband)
  • Eliza J. Woodroffe (sister-in-law)
  • George A. Woodroffe (brother-in-law)
  • William Woodroffe (brother-in-law)

Brief biography

Elizabeth Woodroffe was born Elizabeth Taylor Sutherland in Scotland around 1844. Her father, John Sutherland, was a librarian. She married James Noah Sharland, a tailor and traveling [lace] salesman, on July 14, 1860 in London, England. Together they had at least four children, including Katherine Amelia Sharland, Elizabeth Alexandrina Sharland, Lilian Alice Chitty (née Sharland), and James Sutherland Sharland.

It is unclear when Woodroffe met her second husband, Charles Woodroffe, and whether she ever demonstrated glassmaking alongside him. She and her son James emigrated to Australia with Charles in January 1878 and their marriage was registered in Victoria, Australia, that same year.

Woodroffe committed suicide on April 1, 1892, in St. Kilda, Victoria. She is buried in St. Kilda Cemetery in St. Kilda, Victoria.

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