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The Rock-itt : March 2012
HOBART TO HOLLYWOOD (continuing serial) Welcome back to “Hobart to Hollywood” and the life and times of our Aussie adventurer and swashbuckling silver screen hero, Errol Flynn. If you caught our last instalm ent you would know that we lost not only the old lady herself, “Sirocco” but also Errol’s dear friend, Trelawney Adams who along with their native guide Inamotu vanished in the cruel sea off the coast of New Guinea. After the tragedy of losing both Trelawney and Inam otu as well as his vessel “Sirocco,” Errol was left with a void which m ade him depressed and forlorn. He no longer had the stomach to carry on with the dream of finding fabulous wealth in the gold fields of Papua New Guinea and instead, after bidding farewell to Charlie Burt who decided to go on with the venture, Errol and Rex took passage on the steamship “Morinda” for the long unhappy voyage back to Sydney. It took a week for the Morinda to make its way from Port Moresby to Sydney and a period of time for Errol and Rex to ponder the past seven months and their trip up the east coast of Australia and across to New Guinea. So much had happened in that seven months to reflect upon, so many good times and so many bad tim es, so m any highs and lows and I expect Trelawney Adams would have been in their every thought. After arriving in Sydney apparently Errol’s relationship with Naomi Dibbs, his ex-fiancé, once again rekindled and an advertisement appeared in the social columns of the Sydney Daily pictorial on 21 st January 1931 that Errol and Naomi were to be engaged. Three m onths of celebrations took place with Errol being shunted all over Sydney by the socialite Dibb’s family as they threw cocktail parties, dinners and get together on behalf of the son in-law to be and upcoming nuptials. But Errol had the fire of adventure and excitement deep down in his belly once more and the thought of being tied down to a life of a steady job in the city to feed the family and Sunday nights at the in-laws for dinner were not part of his future plans. Also there was talk about huge fortunes being made from tobacco growing in Queensland and it suddenly dawned on young Errol Flynn, if they could grow tobacco in Queensland surely it would be twice as good in New Guinea. During their trip up the east coast on board “Sirocco” they had visited the Queensland town of Mareeba which was thriving as a result of its tobacco plantations and Errol had witnessed this first hand, so the first opportunity Errol got to do the bolt he was back on board the steamship Morinda and heading back to the steamy, hostile jungles of New Guinea. After arriving in Moresby, Errol put his ear to the ground to suss out in what direction he should go to find a suitable area where he could set up a plantation. He apparently got wind that there was a possible place near Rouna Falls on the Laloki River, a short distance from Moresby. After trekking the 30 or so miles from Moresby he came to the place he had heard of and set up camp. The M orinda Errol at K ensington Race C ourse with Naomi Dibbs, front right