From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
Swamp Remains 1967
In 1967, at
Kow Swamp in northern Victoria, archaeologists found ancient burial
sites between 15,000 and 9,000 years old. The skeletons unearthed display
anatomical features distinct to those of modern Aboriginals.
were far more robust and heavily built in physical appearance, for their
skulls were very thick, longer and larger than any modern Aboriginal
types, with receding foreheads and thick eyebrow ridges, huge cheek
bones, jaws and teeth.
tribes once spoke of a race of primitive, stone tool-making people that
roamed the Kow district of northern Victoria, and who differed physically
from the Aborigines.
In 1967 archaeologists
excavated fossil remains at Kow Swamp of a people whose skulls displayed
facial features of Homo erectus [Java man] appearance [see Chapter Four].
It was in the
wild mountain country of Tidbinbilla to the west of Canberra that, one
dark winter's night in 1967, Mr John Green and a friend, Mr John Fisher,
were woken up on Mr green's farm, by loud noises coming from the stables
They got out of their beds quickly to investigate.
When they dashed
outside, torches in hand, they found a large hole kicked in the barn
wall and an old horse missing.
A search for
the horse that night failed, but in the morning they finally discovered
it, far away up the end of a paddock, trembling with fear. Large hominid
footprints were found about the barn.
Some weeks after
this incident, a group of hikers caught sight of a 2.6m tall, hairy
man-ape creature standing on a nearby rocky promontory in that same
area. Could it have been the same mystery intruder on John green's farm?
big hairy Thing
Ellis", a local identity, told George and Janice on another occasion
that he could take them into areas where the monsters have been claimed
when 12 years old, in 1967 was with her father and mother being driven
across one of the concrete weirs of the Turon River late one moonlit
night, when she asked them if she could dangle her feet in the water
for a few minutes. Jack agreed and pulled up.
As she put her
feet in the water one of the thongs she was wearing fell off and floated
The girl chased
after her thong down and around a curve in the river, and waded out
into the water to get it. Then, turning to wade back to the bank, she
was confronted by a huge creature, standing there on the bank looking
at her in the moonlight.
The beast, she
described, was "a big hairy thing at least 2.4m tall." She
ran through the water and down the bank to the car. She was "white
as a ghost" and couldn't talk about her experience.
In fact, she
never told anyone about what she had seen that had frightened her so
much until several years later. The spot where the girl had come face
to face with the hairy giant was the same spot on the Turon River where
George and Janice Gibbs were to have their own experience with a manbeast
ten years later!