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Theodore Thomson Flynn MBE (1883 - 1968)

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Dr Theodore Thomson Flynn MBE
Born in Coraki, New South Wales, Australiamap
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Husband of — married in St John's Church of England, Balmain North, New South Wales, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Father of , [private daughter (1910s - unknown)] and
Died in Hillbrow Nursing Home, Liss, Hampshire, England, United Kingdommap
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Theodore Thomson Flynn was the son of John Thompson Flynn and his wife Jessie Thomson. He was educated at Fort Street High School, Sydney, the Sydney Training College for Teachers, and the University of Sydney, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1907 and gained the university medal and the Johns Coutts scholarship in biology. On 23 January 1909 he married Lily Mary Young at St John's Church of England, Balmain North, Sydney, Australia.

He was appointed to the Newcastle and West Maitland Technical colleges, lecturing in chemistry and physics. His main interest remained in the natural sciences and in 1909 he became lecturer in biology at the University of Tasmania. In 1911 he accept the first chair of biology in Hobart as the Ralston professor. He earned his Doctor of Science degree at the University of Sydney in 1921 for work on marsupial embryology. In September 1930 he left Hobart for London to continue his research on marsupial embryology. In 1931 he took up the chair of zoology at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

He was a fellow of the Linnean and Zoological societies in London, a fellow of the International Institute of Embryology in Utrecht, and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. After his retirement in 1948 as emeritus professor, he resided in Surrey, England. He died at Liss, Hampshire, England on 23 October 1968.

Research Notes

Parents of Theodore FLYNN, FLYNN John and Jessie.

  • John FLYNN died between 1893 and 1938, as evidenced by last child, and lack of mention in Grandchild's funeral notice. lists John's middle name as Thompson.
  • Marriage, NSW BDM 6451/1882, FLYNN John to THOMSON Jessie, at Lismore.
  • Births to John and Jessie in NSW; Theodore T, Claude C, Adeline M, Ivy M, Unnamed Female.
  • Death, NSW BDM, 28385/1949, FLYNN Jessie, (F) (THOMSON), (M) Elizabeth, at Waverly.
  • Trove, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Tue 13 Dec 1949, Page 14, Family Notices
DEATHS, FLYNN, Jessie. -- December 12, 1949, at her residence, Brighton Boulevarde, Bondi, relict of the late John Flynn, beloved mother of Theodore, Claude, Ivy, Adeline (deceased), and Stella, loving grandmother of Errol, Rosemary, Mavis, Alva, Lloyd, Peggy, June, Don (deceased), Daphne (deceased), and Audrey, and loved great-grandmother of Graham, Glenys, Errol, Rosemary, Peter, Robyn, Brook, and Marelle, aged 84 years.
FUNERALS, FLYNN, -- The Relatives and Friends of the late Mrs. Jessie Flynn, of Brighton Boulevarde, Bondi, are kindly invited to attend her Funeral; to leave Our Private Chapels, 302 Oxford Street, Woollahra, This (Tuesday) Morning, at 10:15, for Presbyterian Cemetery, Rookwood. WALTER CARTER. Waverley. FW3009.
DEATHS, FLYNN, Jessie. -- December 12, 1949, at her residence, 28 Brighton Boulevarde, Bondi, relict of the late John Flynn, beloved mother of Professor Flynn, M.B.E., Jamaica, late Belfast, Claude, Ivy (Mrs. Russell), Stella (Mrs. Worstead), and grandmother of Errol, of Hollywood, California.
  •  ??Birth??, Vic BDM, 16861 in 1864, THOMSON Jessie, (F)Hugh, (M)Elizabeth (Logie), at Melb.

Siblings of Theodore Thomson FLYNN.

ROLL OF HONOUR, RINGLAND. -- Killed in action, in France, May 4, 1917, Private Harold Edgar Ringland, stretcher-bearer, aged 20 years 9 months. Inserted by his sorrowing sister and brother-in-law, Bertha and Claude Flynn.
  • Death, NSW BDM 19435/1966, FLYNN Claude Clarence, (F)John, (M)Jessie, at Sutherland.
  • Birth, NSW BDM 21188/1888, FLYNN Adeline M, (F)John, (M)Jessie, at Moruya.
  • Death, NSW BDM 9087/1890, FLYNN Adeline M, (F)John, (M)Jessie, at Newtown.
BIRTHS, RUSSELL (nee M.M.Flynn). -- December 3, at Terrival, 261 Addison-road, Marrickville, the wife of Harold Russell -- a daughter (Mavis Evelyn).
  • Death, NSW BDM 5870/1966, RUSSELL Ivy May, (F)John, (M)Jessie, at Sydney.
FUNERALS, WORSTEAD. -- The Relatives and Friends of Mr. and Mrs. OSCAR WORSTEAD and FAMILY, of 42 Moonbi Street, Summer Hill, and Mr. and Mrs. F. WORSTEAD, of Randwick, are invited to attend the Funeral of their dearly beloved SON, BROTHER, and GRANDSON, Donald Arthur Worstead; to leave T. J. Andrews' Funeral Chapel, 214 Liverpool Road, Ashfield. THIS DAY, after service commencing at 1:30 p.m., for the Presbyterian Cemetery, Rookwood.
WORSTEAD. -- The Relatives and Friends of Mrs. J. FLYNN, PROFESSOR T. T. FLYNN and FAMILY, and Mr. and Mrs. H. RUSSELL and FAMILY are invited to attend the Funeral of their beloved GRANDSON, NEPHEW, and COUSIN, Donald Arthur Worstead. For further particulars see preceding notice.
  • Death, NSW BDM 5671/1977, WORSTEAD Stella Claudine, (F)John, (M)Jessie.


LONDON, Friday (AAP). -- Dr Theodore Thompson Flynn, father of the late Australian actor Errol Flynn, died at the Hillbrow Nursing Home, Liss, Hampshire, on Wednesday, aged 85. Dr Flynn was Professor of Zoology at Queen's University, Belfast, for 17 years. He retired in 1948.

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On 28 Oct 2018 at 02:25 GMT Deborah (Kalksma) Marxsen wrote:

Flynn-3288 and Flynn-1576 are not ready to be merged because: I have reason to believe that he is a brother of Mary (Flynn) Flint, who resided at Gracemere in Rockhampton, Queensland. I do not yet know who her parents are and need some more information, but Yes, they do look like the same person. If you happen to find out any more about siblings of this person it would be much appreciated. There is a family story that Errol his son, stayed with Mary (my grandfather's paternal grandmother), for a while before moving to New Guinea and then on to USA...she called him her nephew, her brother's son.

Theodore is 23 degrees from Caryl Ruckert, 20 degrees from Harriet Stowe and 19 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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