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Mary Kingsley
Mary Kingsley
 
Melanie Said
When I was a kid I watched a series on television about explorers. One program told the story of a woman called Mary Kingsley who lived over 100 years ago. She led a sheltered life in England, looking after her elderly parents. When they died, she surprised everyone by going to Gabon in Africa. She struggled through swamps wearing huge crinoline skirts and slept in mud huts decorated with human skulls.

Along the way, Mary collected fish samples and sent them back to the Natural History Museum in London. She wrote a great book called My Travels in West Africa.