In 1922, Georgina Ballantine achieved national fame when she caught the largest salmon – 64lbs – ever landed by a rod.
Caught on the Glendelvine beat of River Tay where she went fishing with her father, the feat was reported in the Perthshire Advertiser the next day, under the headline ‘Monster Salmon Caught in the Tay.’
On visiting Perth the following Monday, Georgina was greeted by a huge crowd which had gathered in front of PD Malloch’s fishing tackle shop to see a cast that had been made of her monster fish.
A watercolour of the salmon was hung in the Flyfishers’ Club in London, which, despite her fishing prowess, she was forbidden to enter because she was a woman.
Georgina was also decorated for her efforts in the Red Cross during WWI as a volunteer nurse and ambulance driver at home, and in France, in recognition of her bravery and skill.