Beatrice Grimshaw

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Beatrice Grimshaw (1907)

Beatrice Ethel Grimshaw (3 February 1870 - 30 June 1953) was a writer and traveller of Irish origin, for many years based in Papua New Guinea.

She was born in Cloona House[1] in Dunmurry, County Antrim, Ireland into a well-to-do family. She was educated privately, at Victoria College, Dublin, in Caen, France, then Bedford College, London and Queen's College, Belfast and never graduated,[2] though it was later claimed she had been a lecturer in Classics at Bedford Women's College.[3] She then worked for various shipping companies and as a freelance journalist in Dublin from 1891-1903 before being engaged by the Daily Graphic to report on the Pacific islands,[2] reportedly, sailing around the Pacific islands in her own cutter.[3] She was commissioned to write publicity for Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, and Tonga.[2] In 1907 she sailed to Papua on a commission from The Times and the Sydney Morning Herald,[2] but remained for twenty-seven years, much of the time at Rona Falls.[4] She became a close friend of Sir Hubert Murray and his unofficial publicist. She joined exploration parties and managed plantations, including one with her brother Ramsay.[2]

In 1936, in company with brothers Ramsay and Osborne[2] she retired to Kelso, New South Wales, where she remained for the rest of her life.

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Publications[edit]

She wrote some 46 books, all out of print, including:

  • Broken Away (1897)[2]
  • Vaiti of the Islands (1907) a novel
  • From Fiji to the Cannibal Islands (1907)
  • In the Strange South Seas (1908)
  • The New New Guinea (1910)
  • When the Red Gods Call (1911) her best known novel
  • The Sorcerer's Stone (1914)
  • Coral Queen (1919)
  • White Savage Simon (1919)
  • Queen Vaiti New South Wales Bookstall Co. Ltd., 1920
  • The Little Red Speck (short stories) Hurst and Blackett, Ltd., Melbourne, 1922[6]
  • The Sands of Oro
  • Conn of the Coral Seas Hurst and Blackett, Ltd., Melbourne, 1922[7]
  • The Candles of Katara (1925 short stories[8]
  • Isles of Adventure (1930) about her own travels

Sources[edit]

  • The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2nd ed.) Oxford University Press, Melbourne 1994

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.iguidez.com/video/guides/belfast/cloona-house-oasis-center/
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Laracy, Hugh, 'Grimshaw, Beatrice Ethel (1870–1953)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/grimshaw-beatrice-ethel-6494/text11135, accessed 28 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Beatrice Grimshaw". The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 22 October 1921. p. 3. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Miss Beatrice Grimshaw". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 - 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 25 June 1925. p. 4. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Beatrice Grimshaw at Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ "Beatrice Grimshaw". The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 4 March 1922. p. 3. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Beatrice Grimshaw". The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 29 July 1922. p. 3. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Beatrice Grimshaw". The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 18 July 1925. p. 3. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 

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