From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
Bates-research into the Yowies 1905
is indebted to researcher Mr E.L. Bates, for the great wealth of material
gathered by him, and which he so generously provided me with, when I
first began preparations for this book during the late 1970's.
It is this material
which now makes up much of this chapter.
The region covered by his
investigations has remained virtually unchanged since pioneering days;
rugged, forest-covered hills and mountains, rising up out of the forests
of the Hunter Valley and New England Ranges, making up a vast expanse
of often impenetrable wilderness.
Vast expanses into which
few white men [if any] have ever penetrated. It is from these wilderness
regions that, today hairy manbeasts [and womanbeasts!] are claimed to
emerge, to wander onto the edge of lonely farms, leaving their sometimes
huge footprints in the mud of waterholes as 'calling cards', before
retreating back into their wilderness habitat, high amid those cloudline
peaks. Mr. Bates, first heard of
the Yowies about 1905, while a child growing up at Caroda, which lies
between Narrabri and Bingara.
ft tall hairy ape-like Creature
It was in a deep forested
fern-covered gully east of Bullaburra one day in 1905, that a Sydney
botanist, Mr C. E. Peel, was exploring for specimens, when he caught
sight of a 5 ft tall, hairy, ape-like female creature grubbing for roots
on the forest floor. Mr Peel kept quiet, hidden among ferns watching
her every move. He watched as she fed upon
young plant shoots and roots, then she moved on, clambering over rocks.
He followed her at a safe distance as the strange female moved on two
legs deeper into the forest. However, she moved too fast for him and
he soon lost sight of her.