Mrs Elizabeth Fanny Steer was born in Launceston on 14 May 1845. She was the eldest daughter of Thomas Henry Gould and his first wife, Mary Ann McDonagh. Elizabeth Gould married James Steer in Launceston on 13 Jul 1865. They had nine children between 1866 and 1882; Frederick died when he was four years old. They also cared for Elizabeth's youngest half-sister Grace Gould after her parents died in 1878-79.
Elizabeth died at her residence, 'The Pines', Hill Street, Launceston, on 23 Aug 1907 and was buried at Carr Villa Cemetery in Section C No. 123 where she was joined by her husband in 1911. Elizabeth, her husband, six children, and other family members with the names of Frost, Crossley, Gladman, Gould and Joscelyne are all pictured in the Family Album. See The Examiner 22 Apr 2006, p.30.