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The Rock-itt : January 2010
Hobart to Hollywood In the last instalment of Hobart to Hollywood, Errol left Tasmania in his early teens with his parents and was dumped at Shore Grammar School in Sydney. His parents then left him to fend for himself while they travelled on to live in England. Resenting being left behind, Errol became unruly and recalcitrant, and as a result of his bad behaviour was expelled. With no forms of support, Errol slept in a cave in the Botanical Gardens with other homeless men and tried to survive the best ways he could. While he was at Shore grammar School, he had become engaged to a young Sydney girl of the upper class set by the name of Naomi Dibbs. Now unable to meet her social demands, she handed back the ring he had bought her and showed Errol the door. Disappointed but undaunted by Naomi's rejection, Errol sold the ring, borrowed some extra money from an uncle and bought a boat ticket for New Guinea where he had heard of a big gold strike. Arriving at Rabaul, he eventually found work as a Sanitation Officer with the government. During the process of his duties, he met a married woman by the name Maura with whom he became infatuated. One night when he was holding her closely in his arms, the door to her room flung open................ .. Suddenly the door of the room swung open and in the doorway stood the large, thick set frame of Maura's husband. His fists were clenched and his face began to redden as he saw his young wife in the arms of this brash young Australian. Errol's heart must have been pounding like a native drum at the sight of this enraged man who came toward them shouting obscenities and swinging punches in Errol's and Maura's direction. The first punch caught Maura on the chin and she went out like a light. The second swing caught Errol on the chin, sending him sprawling to the floor. Before Errol could scramble to his feet, his enraged assailant kicked him squarely in the ribs. Feeling the cracking of bone, Errol knew his ribs had been broken but that didn't stop Maura's husband from laying into him again with his boot and actually trying to gauge Errol's eye out with his heel. In desperation, Errol sunk his teeth into the calf of the man's leg, taking a big chunk out as he did, bringing a scream of agony as from his attacker. While Maura's husband limped around the room in agony, Errol picked up a vase and launched in the direction of the wounded man but narrowly missing him. Regaining composure, Errol's attacker came hurtling toward him but this time Errol side stepped and put his foot out, tripping his attacker and sending him to the ground. Errol knew he was in bad shape himself and decided a quick exit was the only thing to do if he was to save his own life. As he made for the door, he caught his assailant in the jaw with his knee, a cracking blow, sending him down once more. Maura's husband struggled to get up and while he did Errol went to Moira who was still unconscious. He began trying to revive her but she just lay limp, groaning and moving Errol Flynn 1927