From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
made large man-like Footprints
During 1971 a team of RAAF
surveyors conducted a survey of The Sentinel, the great mountain overlooking
the now almost deserted Glen Davis township, by landing on the summit
in a helicopter.
Rain had fallen on the mountain
the day before their landing, so that the ground was still muddy in
t was here the surveyors received what they later described
as the "shock of their lives".
For, upon the muddy ground they came across a number of freshly made,
large man-like footprints; in fact, much too large for any normal human
Following a somewhat hurried
take-off, they landed in a field near the township and told their story
to the baffled locals, enquiring if there might not still be wild Aborigines
in the district.
This was unlikely, aside
from the fact that the prints they found certainly discounted such a
The above story has parallels
with another military helicopter crew's claim at a later date, in which
they said that, as they flew at tree top level over Sentinel Mountain,
they spotted a man-sized hairy beast moving swiftly through the scrub
below them only to elude them among the rocks.
ape-like man-like Creature
During 1971, two prospectors
were searching along a creek deep in the Carrai Range for signs of new
As they squatted at the creek's
edge panning for traces of gold both men suddenly were gripped by the
all too familiar feeling that they were not alone. Glancing a short
distance down the creek, they saw standing upon a rock shoal a tall,
hairy ape-like man-like creature watching them with apparent curiosity.
Then as the men crouched
on the edge in mute amazement, they saw the strange figure glance in
the direction of the nearby forest. The men realised, from the sounds
of breaking foliage, that their strange companion was not alone. Then appearing from out of
the forest came a female creature with pendulous breasts and the same
height as the male, which they judged to be a good 7ft [2.3 m] tall.
At this point the men bolted from the scene.
pungent-smelling huge Manbeast
night during 1971 Mr Len Murray and a mate, Tim Hatton, were visiting
Len's sister's farm in the wild Hunter Valley bush country south of
Singleton NSW. The men arrived late. Driving
up a dirt road to her property, they had to stop to open a cattle gate.
Tim got out of the car to open it for Len. As he did so, he was suddenly
grabbed from behind by what he later described as "a pungent-smelling,
huge manbeast a good 2m tall".
This was verified by Len,
who shone a torch on the creature. The monster was very powerful
and Tim was in fear for his life. Grabbing a rifle from the
car, Len fired a shot at the beast. His mate shoved and punched
himself free and the men jumped back into the vehicle, as the manbeast
vanished into the night. They both agreed that the
creature's hands were a good 30cm in length, and its fingers reached
around to Tim's belt buckle. It also had large feet. Tim later had to
have a bath to rid himself of the small of the 'manimal'.
Rock Region 1971
The Hanging Rock region was
alive with miners during the mid-19th century following the discovery
of big gold deposits in the nearby Nundle/Peel River area, and it was
not long before they learnt of, or saw Yowies while searching lonely
forest-covered gullies for signs of the 'yellow metal'.
Aborigines of this region
warned the prospectors and early settlers not to venture about this
area alone or unarmed, otherwise they might be attacked by 'hairy men'
or 'Coories who had inhabited the ranges hereabouts since before the
appearance of the first tribespeople.
The Coories were cannibalistic
also, and made stone tools and fire, and were either normal human-height
or sometimes a bit taller.They also warned the settlers
of other, much larger "great hairy men" the Goolagahs, the
stone tool-making "giant hairy ones" who would kill and eat
anyone they caught in the mountains.
Primitive hominids have certainly
inhabited this district from very early times [see Chapter Four], as
shown by the fossilised hand recovered at Nundle in 1971.
quote an article of"The Central Coast Express"
of Wednesday 21st April that year:
Hand found at Nundle
members of the Central Coast Lapidary Club,
Pat and Bob Morris whilst holidaying at Nundle over the
Easter break, discovered what appears to be a fossilised hand
report was featured on television and radio news
programs and aroused great interest amongst the visitors to
Nundle, including members of the C.C.L.C. - as it appears
there is a similarity in the specimen to a human or ape-like hand,
and the find could be of great scientific value.
The 'Nundle Giants' created
considerable fear among many of the inhabitants of the outlying farms
and timber mills in the old days, and still do among some people today,
especially once darkness falls and these manbeasts emerge from their
lairs to roam the forests and farmlands, disturbing stock, and leaving
their tell-tale large footprints in the mud of waterholes and creek
New Guinea 1971
Mountain Bougainville 1971
About 1971 a giant 'Ogre', or
was it a 'Dera tauna', carrying a big stone hand-axe, was reported seen
by two natives as it emerged from jungle in the Eastern Sepik Province
west of Wewak, to feed upon paw paws. It left tracks consistent with an
2.6m tall hominid.
In July 1971 retired Australian
native cultures authority, former World War Two soldier and traveller,
Mr Joe Manning, gave me an account of the primitive natives of Bagana
Mountain which he had explored many years before.
"I have seen natives
up on Bagana Mountain in Bougainville that are more ape-like than some
apes. They have corns on their knees due to the fact that they go about
on all fours if the distance is not too far away. They wear a leaf girdle
like the Borneo natives and nothing else." "Their faces are similar
to those black ringed tailed monkeys, and their kids play around with
one another just like in the same manner as these mentioned monkeys."
"They are small; about
4ft 10ins for the women and 5ft 2ins for the males. They have no houses, and
boy does it rain up on that mountain. These natives just have leaves
leaning against a lump in the ground or a tree. The other natives in Bougainville
have perfect villages in the Bronze Age style and live similarly to
our ancestors in Europe in the Bronze Age; why do these little natives
up on Bagana live like the apes?"
"Some say the Australian
Aborigines are the most primitive. Those experts should go for
a walk up Bagana way. Incidentally, these people
did not seem to have bows either, maybe there is no timber suitable.
Many small spears like long arrows were evident and some stone knives;
they seem to have no skills." "I gave a gin a banana
and she bit it through without peeling it and proceeded to eat skin
Lakes National Park 1971
Further south in the Nelson
Lakes National Park are beautiful placid lakes overshadowed by rugged
mountain ranges covered in dark, dank beech forests that hold a secret.
It is the reputed lair of giant manbeasts.
During the Spring of 1971
a ranger came upon large [45cm long] man-like footprints, leading across
snow-covered ground on a hillside into a forest. He followed the tracks
for some time through the forest, until the going got too tough and
he gave up the search. By this time he had followed
the tracks for a few hundred metres.