Tasmanian Museum receives Errol Flynn Memorabilia

Rory Flynn daughter of Hollywood actor Errol Flynn. Rory Flynn holds a love letter from her father to her mother Nora Eddington.

(ABC News: Jane Bestwick)

The daughter of movie legend Errol Flynn has arrived in Hobart for her first visit to the birthplace of her famous father.

Rory Flynn has donated all of her father's memorabilia to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Errol Flynn wowed Hollywood for more than 30 years in 50 films. But his off-screen antics often brought him more attention than his movie performances – among them Captain Blood, Robin Hood and Dodge City.

His daughter Rory, from his second marriage to actress Nora Eddington, says the love letters she has donated to the museum reveal her father's softer side. “If you ever get to read any of these letters you'll be astounded at how endearing and personal they are and loving and you can really see his spirit,” she said.

Also among the memorabilia are photos from a number of Errol Flynn's films and a dagger he used in the movie Don Juan, taken from the set by his grandmother.

Museum director Bill Bleathman says the memorabilia will be used on the anniversary of Flynn's birthday next year.

“We're looking at a small exhibition to celebrate the 100th year, but certainly in a redeveloped museum,” he said.

“There'll be a space there for a more fitting tribute to famous Tasmanians.”


— David DeWitt

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