From the Errol Flynn Mailbag!

28 May

We received the following email from Anne Ronkko, and was happy to learn of her connection to dear old Errol! She kindly allows us to reprint her email here on the EFB:

Hi David,


Thank you for your quick reply.  Errol Flynn was my 2nd cousin.  Of course, I never met him.


I can tell you that Lily Mary Young, his mother, was born Monday 4th June 1888 at ½ past 6pm.  That is from the family bible of which I am the keeper.  I can only assume that she was born at ‘home’ as there is no place listed.  My grandmother was Lily’s younger sister.  My grandmother on the other hand was born at ‘National Park’.  Yes, I know which one.  That family was fascinating.  I have some knowledge but not a lot.




Mireya Ranger sends us this additional information:

I’m also a relative of Errol Flynn – descended from Lily Mary Young’s elder brother Frederick Young. I think from Anne’s information that she and I would be cousins of sorts. I’ve been working on the family history for a while now and published an article in Australian Family Tree Connections a few years ago on the Young’s.

My great-grandfather was Frederick Robert Philip Young – Lily’s elder brother. Apparently Errol lived for a while with Fred and his wife Laura (my great-grandmother) when he was attending SHORE at North Sydney.

 It would be great to be in touch [with Anne] – I have a lot of family information I can share.

Mireya Ranger

I have passed along Mireya’s contact information to Anne Ronkko!

Also, I refer readers to Mark Young who posted on the blog in 2011 about his relationship to Errol Flynn’s family, too!

— David DeWitt


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  1. tassie devil

    May 28, 2013 at 8:12 am

    I really love this as I am in to family history . I would really love to here more . Genene.

    • David DeWitt

      May 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Genene! There is a bit more and I waiting for permission to post it from another writer to the EFB Mailbag … and remember Mark Young contacted us in 2011 because, he, too, is a cousin of Errol Flynn and is living in Essex, in the UK!

  2. timerider

    May 28, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I’m very curious, Would that make Anne’s great grandmother the wife of midshipman Young of Bounty fame??

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