After my holiday trip to Australia and New Zealand I wrote about Errol Flynn’s home town of Hobart, Tasmania and printed some photos of the newly-named Errol Flynn Reserve. But it seems I was under-informed about local interest in the swashbuckling star. Here’s an e-mail I received from Steve Randell:
“My wife Genene and I run the Errol Flynn Society of Tasmania and we still do tours of his haunts around Hobart whenever we can. We just love to share Errol with visitors; I drive a coach and whenever possible let the passengers know that Errol was born and raised here in Hobart and tell a few stories as we travel Tasmania. We started the society because Genene—
—was a true fan and there was not anything here to remember Errol. Genene came to admire Errol when she was going through grief after losing a child to cot death. She was watching television one night when she couldn’t sleep and found that Errol in Captain Blood transported her away from her grief for the time which she greatly appreciated.
“It was a big battle to get the reserve named as the locals still remember Errol as the bad boy and don’t think of the many pleasures that he bought through his roles on the silver screen. We were one of only two groups in the world to celebrate his centenary last year on the 20th June to which [was attended by] Rory Flynn, his daughter. Now we wont to erect a statue here, but raising the cash is the hardest part. We have $5000 but we need $100,000 to fulfill this dream and money seems to be short at present. We did, however, get a star placed in the footpath outside the State theatre in Hobart which was unveiled by Rory and our Lord Mayor.”
Steve and Genene Randell