Author: Elizabeth Rechniewski
The French Australian Review No 72 (Australian Winter 2022): 38-60
The author argues that Beatrice Grimshaw was not only a traveller but a prolific writer, of novels, pamphlets and cruise brochures, newspaper and magazine articles that were highly influential in forming the contemporary public’s representations of the Pacific islands and their inhabitants. She also sought to intervene in the political affairs of the nascent Australian nation, encouraging and seeking to facilitate through her writings and her contacts with leading Australian politicians its imperialistic ambitions over the neighbouring islands, including those partly or wholly claimed by France, the New Hebrides and New Caledonia.
Keywords: Beatrice Grimshaw, France, New Hebrides, New Caledonia, Alfred Deakin.