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
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.