Adams was born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia in 1859 to parents Edward Pattern Adams and Barbara Adams (née Bethune). In February 1881, Adams accompanied her father on a surveying trip and became the first European woman to climb to the peak of Mount Kosciuszko.
The village of Charlotte Pass, New South Wales is named after her.
- "Overview - Charlotte Pass ski resort". Cyber Interchange Australia. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
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