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The Rock-itt : November 2009
Errol Flynn: From Hobart to Sydney We've had Errol Flynn's 100th birthday bash put on by Hollywood film maker, Jack Marino and the disgraceful biography which we deemed a character assassination by an author whose name I won't disclose, in our last two issues. Now we are moving into the meat of it and the real on and off screen life of our own legend, the great Aussie actor, Errol Flynn. But where do I begin? I'll start where I first saw the great Australian swashbuckler around 1955 at the matinee session in the old Rozelle Hoyts Theatre. Here as a 7 year old, I first saw my childhood hero swing across the silver screen with the agility of a trapeze artist dressed in Lincoln green, land gracefully and deliver the line, "Welcome to Sherwood Forest". Of course this was the film I believe Errol Flynn was born to do, because I have seen every remake of the famous folklore bandit, Robin Hood and to this day no one has ever captured the character or acted the part better than our own Mr Flynn. Actually I will go back a bit further so as those of you who are not that aware of the origin of Errol Flynn can get a grasp of where he actually came from. Errol was born in Hobart, Tasmania on June 20, 1909 to a Professor Flynn and his wife, Marelle, Errol Thompson Flynn was a mischievous child who liked adventure and was continually in trouble for his love of pranks. As a matter of fact, he carried both those traits with him all his life and even until his early death in 1959 still searched for more of the same. His father decided to move to England with his wife Marelle after being offered a post at the university there, but instead of taking Errol with him he enrolled him in Shore Grammar School in Sydney. Errol was left to fend for himself and it must have left a sour taste in his mouth because he soon became mischievous and recalcitrant, getting into all sorts of trouble. Despite having a bad academic record, he excelled in sports. He became the best at not just one sport but everything he took up in the sporting field. He was also beginning to develop into a handsome young man being quite tall and blessed with an athletic physique which naturally attracted the fairer sex. Once again this brought trouble with it and it wasn't long before he was dodging several different young ladies all with one thing in mind, to lasso Errol Flynn and tie him down. Eventually, because of his bad behaviour, Errol was expelled from Shore Grammar School which put him onto the streets alone and broke. After Errol left school he bummed around Sydney for a while finding work from time to time and at other times surviving any way he could. He actually slept in a cave in the Domain at one stage with a group of other homeless men. More than once he went hungry and made a habit of sneaking into the swank hotels that put on a smorgasbord lunch for their patrons. Errol would go into the hotel, buy a packet of cigarettes then head for the smorgasbord and tuck into as much of the free food as his stomach could hold before the bar staff could wise up to his game.. He did this on a daily basis just to survive. Here was a young Errol Flynn, no more than 17 years of age, alone in the big city with the arse well and truly out of his trousers. He knew that he couldn't go on like this forever as he was as low as a person could get, and if he continued to be without money and unemployed he could end up in Long Bay Jail for vagrancy. It was at this precise moment in time that something came along that changed his luck and started him on a road to adventure and fame. Read what happens in next month's issue to find out what it is. Errol aged six in Hobart Errol as a school boy Errol at eighteen months old