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125th Anniversary Voyage of Nellie Bly's Race Around the World

Details (as held in the RGS-IBG Expeditions Database at 1/16/2021 9:52:47 PM)
Country(s): France, Sri Lanka, China, Singapore, United States
Organisation: Freelance journalist
Contact: Rosemary Brown
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Members: 1
Year: 2014
Start: 9/6/2014
End: 10/4/2014
Status: Returned
Location: Europe, Asia, North America

125 years ago: Victoria was on the throne, the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated and feisty journalist Nellie boarded a steamship in New York Harbour and sailed into history. Seventy-two days and 28,000 miles later, she broke the record for the fastest trip around the world and became a global celebrity. This spirited 25-year-old American set out to beat the travel time of Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days. Travelling on her own, she overcame sea sickness, freak weather and excruciating delays to circle the globe in record time. Breaking free from prejudices that kept women 'in their place,' she made history her story. As a freelance journalist, world traveller and devoted Nellie Bly fan, Roemary Brown followed in her footsteps with stops in France, Sri Lanka, Singapore, China, Japan and the United States. By the time she completed her journey on 25 January 1890, Nellie was said to be 'the best-known and most widely talked of young woman on the earth.'


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