From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
tall-young looking-brownish haired-small breasted ape-woman
In an earlier
incident, that took place in mountain country in nearby Candelo in 1900,
a prospector, Mr. Michael Cunningham, claimed his camp had been visited
by a '5ft tall (1.5 m) young-looking, brownish haired, small breasted
ape-woman', as he later informed townsfolk. He had been seated at his
campfire having lunch and had just made a damper, when this creature
appeared a few yards away among the bushes.
She looked inquisitive and Mr. Cunningham motioned her to come forward,
but she just stood where she was. He then picked up the damper and threw
her a large piece, which landed at her feet. She bent down, picked it
up and put it to her mouth and began chewing some of it. Then, still
holding onto the remaining damper, she bolted off into the bush.....
Some old identities
living in the Bexley district of Sydney still talk of 'hairy beast'
that once terrorised the inhabitants of that area in the early 1900'
At that time the densely populated area bordering the Royal National
Park, Sutherland was covered in thick scrubland.
were the people thereabouts that they shuttered up thier doors and windows
at night to prevent the creature from entering thier homes. The creature
(or creatures?), which was said to often cometo the windows and peer
inquisitively in, was very real to them......
hairy man Footprints
The discovery of large
"hairy man" footprints on the shoreline of Wagonga Inlet,
inland from Narooma caused a stir among the locals around 1900. Some
people claimed they had been made by a 7ft [2.14m] tall, hairy female
'Doolegard'. However, such discoveries
of foot, hand and knee impressions, left by crouching, drinking hominids
of large size had been [and still are] found on remote coastal and
inland mountain creeks since the first years of settlement hereabouts.
Valley Area 1900
Claims of sightings of Yowies
by property owners and others have persisted for the past 70 years in
the Bundanoon/Kangaroo Valley area, and around 1900 the district was
alive with reports of a "hairy boy" roaming the bushland. Even today these areas are
still the scene of Yowie sightings.
Hole Area 1900
Miss M Hodge of Bathurst
related an experience of her own to this author in December 1979 which
concerned the Johnson's Hole area. When a little girl in 1900,
Miss Hodge lived on her parent's property, which stood opposite the
'Hole'. Aborigines thereabouts never swam in the Hole and even today
horses and dogs also will not remain near the Hole at night.
Miss Hodge said she once
saw a horseman who had been mustering sheep, ride all the way out of
the hills "white as a sheet". He told her parents that he
had seen a large 'baboon-like' man, a giant which had terrorised him. Miss Hodge herself saw a
man-sized black-haired Yowie, sitting under a rock near her home one
day. Old timers often discussed the possibility that the creatures might
inhabit caves that lie in the hill surrounding the Hill End township.
Valley Beaudesert 1900
by these Monsters
Back in the 1900's an old
Aboriginal 'Big Johnny', who roamed around the Kerry Valley-Beaudesert
country to the north-west of the Lamington Plateau, told locals that
his ancestors had lived in terror of the Wolumbin Giants; big muscular
beings who would often attack Aboriginal camps wielding their huge wooden
or stone clubs and hand-axes.
Also known as the Goommund
tallanbana, "The Giant men who tower over the trees", 'Big
Johnny' would tell stories of attacks by as many as several of these
monsters, in which they would also heave huge rocks at the terrified
natives, killing and carrying off their victims to feed upon them in
their mountain lairs.
Whenever asked how tall the
Wolumbin Giants were, 'Big Johnny' would indicate twice the height of
a local Irish publican who was a good 1.8m tall!