From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
Throughout the East Gresford
district, which lies about 41 km north-west of Maitland, locals still
talk of the "hairy giants of Carrabolla" that instilled a
reign of terror in the old days in the farming communities that lay
around the base of the high, steep mountain terrain, which is a feature
of the area. Earlier in the 20th century dense forest covered the mountains,
but this is now largely gone and the area is more open for access.
The "hairy giants"
were described as large, man-ape creatures by the early pioneers, who
told stories of encounters with these often taller-than normal human
creatures, or having stumbled upon their enormous footprints in the
One evening in 1933, Mr.
E. L. Bates was yarning with an old mate who lived in the Carrabolla
area and learnt of an experience that his friend 'Dave' had with one
of these 'manimals' back in 1903. "I was fencing out at
Carrabolla along the top of a ridge. It had been cleared along the top
but was still covered with the original forest along both sides. About
four o'clock this particular evening I got a queer feeling something
or somebody was watching me, and when I looked behind me I nearly dropped
the shovel I was using.
About thirty yards away just
inside the timber, was what I still believe to have been a young monkey;
its head, arms and shoulders showing above the bushes in front of it." "The light was real
good and I'm positive it wasn't a young Paddymelon, Wallaby or any other
animal believed to be in a wild state in Australia. It looked at me
in a bewildering sort of way for three or four minutes or so, then it
ducked down. I hurried to where it had been , but there was no sign
"I waited for ten minutes
or so hoping it would perhaps reappear in the open, but neither did
I see, nor hear anything unusual again during the remaining several
weeks that I was working on the job."
Station Torrington 1903
"Local Aborigines claim
that a Mr Billy Carter of Maitland Station at Torrington, back in 1903,
saw a larger-than-man-sized, man-like hairy beast while on horseback
in dense bushland near his home."
than man-sized Footprints
In 1903 larger-than-man-sized
footprints were found by miners in the Karangahake gorge district of
the Coromandel range. The five-toed tracks embedded in mud on a creek
bank, suggested the maker was a good 2.4-2.7m tall and of tremendous
weight and strength.