flynn and flynn Centenary of Biology at UTAS, its first professor T. T. Flynn and his son Errol's birth, 1909 - 2009

The Exhibition

The exhibition was mounted at the Morris Miller Library at the University of Tasmania from June - August 2009, to celebrate the centenary of the teaching of Biology at the University of Tasmania in 1909, the centenary of the appointment of Theodore Thomson Flynn as its first lecturer in 1909 (and then its first Professor) and the centenary of the birth of T.T.Flynn's son Errol in Hobart on 20th June 1909. This co-incided with other Errol Flynn celebrations in Hobart at this time. His daughter Rory was in Hobart for these celebrations and visited the exhibition which celebrated her grandfather Theodore Thomson and her father Errol.

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The exhibition window at Morris Miller Library  
window Rory Flynn and Randy Rose
  Rory Flynn, granddaughter of T.T. Flynn and daughter of Errol Flynn with Randy Rose at the Flynn and Flynn exhibition.

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Nevin Hurst, ‘Masterpiece @ IXL Gallery and Antiques’ for loan of posters, photos, books and Flynn memorabilia.

The Hickman family - for loan of family photographs, tools and oral history.

Kathy Rundle, Friends’ School Archivist, for loan of the Friends’ School Register.

Tony Marshall, Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, State Library of Tasmania for loan of books, the Tasmanian Field Naturalists ‘Easter Camp-out 1909’ booklet and Perspex sleeves for displaying posters.

Ian Pearce, Archives Office of Tasmania, for loan of Queen Alexandra Hospital for Women Admission Register, 1908 - 1918

Randy Rose for loan of TT Flynn publications and advice.

Isabella von Lichtan, curator, Geology Rock store, School of Earth Sciences, for loan of Flynn fossil whale specimens.

Professor Sue Jones - exhibition notes and sourcing items to exhibit.
School of Zoology for loan of microscope, lantern slides and animal specimens.

Barry Rumbold for assistance with exhibits from School of Zoology.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery for loan of Thylacine skull collected by Flynn.

Anthony Harrison for assistance with information about TT Flynn.

Steve Randell, Errol Flynn Society of Tasmania, for assistance with publicity and photographs of TT Flynn.

John Kelly and Melinda Scott from the State Cinema for loan of film reel.

Jim May for loan of Tasmanian Naturalist

Zoe McKay - research and captions.

Gillian Ward - graphic design.

Curated by Gill Ward and Zoe McKay with assistance from the CADA team.


Tony Harrison ‘Climbing to the top: T.T. Flynn in Tasmania, 1909-1931’ THRA Papers and Proceedings Vol. 55, no. 3, December 2008

Eric Guiler History of the Zoology school (unpublished)

Errol Flynn, My wicked, wicked ways (New York, Putnam’s, 1959)

Don Norman, Errol Flynn; the Tasmanian Story (Hobart, W.N. Hurst and E.L.Metcalf, 1981)

Janet Fenton, A Century Afield; a history of the Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club, Hobart, Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club, 2004

David Bret, Errol Flynn; Satan’s Angel, London, Robson Books, 2000

Lawrence Bassoff, Errol Flynn; the movie posters, Beverly Hills, CA, Lawrence Bassoff Collection, Inc., 1995

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