South Australia, Australia
Liston was born in England, migrating with her family to Adelaide, South Australia, at the age of twelve. The family built a house in Parkside, Idsworth Cottage. After her parents died in 1863, Liston left Adelaide to become a governess at Nickerloo station on the Eyre Peninsula; a fondly-remembered woman, the coastal township of Elliston is named after her. Liston gained a reputation as a fine horsewoman; during this time, she also began to write and publish. Returning to Adelaide, she later trained to be a teacher and then worked as a telegraphist in the city's GPO and in several outlying country towns. She is the author of The Stauntons, serialised in the Adelaide Observer in 1871, and Auckland Marston: An Australian Story, serialised in the Melbourne Leader from November 1879 to February1880. A collection of her short fiction, including 'Cousin Lucy's Story', was published by Hassell Press in Adelaide in 1936 under the title Pioneers: Stories.