Marian Ellis Rowan (1848—1922) was an artist, naturalist and explorer. The collection at Saumarez Homestead includes china decorated with her designs.
The Ellis Rowan China Collection is on display in the servery at Saumarez Homestead. Visitors to Saumarez Homestead can only see the Ellis Rowan China while on a guided tour of the house.
Ellis Rowan was a small, strong-willed yet fascinating woman, an enigmatic character who forged her way through life, captivating others while pursuing her ultimate goal – the finding and painting of wildflowers, birds, insects and butterflies of many countries, often for the first time. (Australian Dictionary of Biography)