From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
Carrai Foothills 1965
hairy man-like Beast
The story is still recalled
of when, in 1965, a husband and wife left their remote farm near the
Carrai foothills to drive to Kempsey for shopping. Their 15-year old
daughter was left alone to do housework in their absence. She had tidied
up about the house and was in the backyard feeding chickens when the
family dog, chained up near the house, began to bark furiously, then
cringe and 'crawl' inside its kennel.
Suddenly feeling that something was behind her, the girl turned, dropping
the bag of chicken-feed she was holding, and screamed in terror. There,
standing several feet from her and towering over her frail five-foot
height was an enormous, hairy manlike beast, a good eight feet tall.
It showed a ferocious look in its eyes, which she later recalled were
set deep inside big eyebrows. Large teeth showed from its snarling mouth.
The beast moved towards her, but the girl, although terrified, regained
her senses enough to turn and rush up the back-door steps into the house,
slamming and bolting the the door as she did so. For some minutes, she
later recalled, the beast seemed to pace around the house emitting a
loud grunting noise, then all went silent.
She was beside herself with
terror by the time her parents returned a couple of hours later, and
although she could describe exactly what she had seen to her parents,
and later to police, nobody in authority took any action.
No search was organised to attempt to track the mysterious intruder
due to the vastness of the nearby forest.
The Carrai is a mysterious, eerie, foreboding place in which few people
dare to camp at overnight. Weird cries from the forest depths, and the
sounds of twigs snapping underfoot as mysterious upright-walking creatures
move about in the forest, have all too often terrified campers who have
sometimes caught a glimpse of some huge hominid from watching them from
the trees illuminated in the campfire glow.
Lamington Cliffs, Numinbah
In 1965, a group of mountain-climbers
were moving through a rainforest at the base of a Lamington cliff face
in Numinbah Valley when they spotted what they later claimed was a "three-
metre-tall, hairy ape-like giant" clambering over boulders, leaving
behind an overpowering, rotting, animal-like-stench.
Lamington Cliffs, Numinbah
Valley 1965-Related in 1979
In 1979 a Mr
Brian Cook wrote to me of an experience he had 14 years before in 1965: "After
reading an article in 'People Magazine' dated 16th August, 1979 on the
"Great Australian Yowie Hunt", which told of your lifetime's
dedication to this mystery I thought I would write to you.
I know its
very true because I have seen the same kind of creature. In Carnarvon
14 years ago my brother and a mate together with myself, all teenagers,
were walking along the side of a hill and at the bottom was a small
creek. I saw it first - it had just come out of the water because its
hair was all hanging straight down and dripping. I never saw its face
as it lay with its back to us."
my brother and our mate over and they started to panic. I was also pushing
a truck tyre at the time and aimed it straight down the hill at the
creature. I don't know if the tyre hit the manbeast as we had by then
begun running for home."
driver a few days later reported in a newspaper that he had seen what
must have been the same creature just out ow town one night as it crossed
a road into dense scrub. For a while locals were wary about going into
the bush hereabouts for fear they might meet up with the 'hairy man'."
Papua New Guinea 1965
In another startling
incident, claimed by natives to have taken place in the Mt Hagen region,
but which was not reported until some years after the event, about 1965
a 1.8m tall female Mabi is said to have been captured by hunters and
held captive in their village, where she eventually gave birth to a
male child of one of the men.
As he grew older
the boy looked completely unlike a normal human. He died of some disease
about 1973. The beast woman had however long since wandered off into
the bush never to return.