Beatrice Grimshaw, the Belfast explorer treated as a ‘male chief’ on Samoa

She was also a sports journalist, travel writer, novelist, and plantation owner

Beatrice Grimshaw in 1907. Photograph: State Library of Queensland/Wikimedia Commons

Beatrice Grimshaw in 1907. Photograph: State Library of Queensland/Wikimedia Commons

Sports journalist, travel writer, novelist, coffee and tobacco plantation owner, explorer, photographer: Antrim-born Beatrice Grimshaw made an independent living by these varied means, flouting her parents’ expectations that she follow a respectable career in teaching.

In her early 20s, she left Belfast for Dublin, converted to Catholicism, claimed the world record for women’s distance cycling, and became sub-editor of the Irish Cyclist.

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