From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
Research Organisation 1972
It was for the
purpose of gathering possible physical proof of these manbeasts that
in 1972 I established the Yowie research organisation which became "The
Australian Yowie Research Centre" in 1976 PO Box 202, Katoomba.
NSW 2780. Here all manner
of sightings and other evidence from throughout Australia and the Pacific
region is gathered for scientific assessment.
weekly containing sightings claims, or the discovery of Yowie tracks,
by people living in widely-scattered and isolated regions of Australia.
Or the phone will ring and I hear the voice of some farmer, prospector,
camper or other, telling me they have just had "The encounter of
no matter how slender the chances of finding evidence might be, must
be followed up; so my wife Heather and I are soon off into the wilderness
on yet another field investigation. Our persistence
has taken us deep into the Victoria/NSW Alps, the rugged wilderness
of the NSW south coast, Blue Mountains, north coastal NSW and far north
Qld jungles. We have carried out a number of searches in New Zealand
in search of evidence of the 'Moehau monster'.
The search for
Australia's 'Bigfoot' is not for the foolhardy or reward-hunting go-getter.
The Australian bush soon swallows up the inexperienced; and the search
for relict hominids is a twenty-four-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week,
fifty-two-weeks-a-year investigation, and an expensive one guaranteed
to discourage all but the most dedicated researcher.
And those who
venture into the wilds with guns and hunting dogs under that often mistaken
assumption, that "someone" will offer a big reward for a dead
Yowie, are wasting their time, and breaking the law. The would-be investigator
of the Yowie, or any other rare or 'unknown' species, as already said,
needs to be silent in the Australian bush.
All native animal
life quickly vanishes at the sounds of approaching large groups of people. It is now many
years since that day in 1957, that I had my first meeting with the 'hairy
man' in the Liverpool Boys High School Library with the Aboriginal myths
and legends book. Since those
early days of my search, I have never given up my enthusiasm nor my
faith in the existence of these Australian survivors from the dawn of
Man, and I hope that this book will serve as an encouragement to others
who share my enthusiasm and dedication.
available evidence, namely the Mudgee Homo erectus skull and recently
manufactured stone tools revealed in this book, is enough to indicate
that there really is 'something' lurking 'out there' in the vast, mysterious
Australian bush in need of a proper scientific investigation.
From the mass
of past and present-day sightings reports and fresh footprint discoveries,
it should be obvious to university anthropologists that the Yowie mystery
should be given more attention than it has had in the past. I would like
to believe that some more open-minded scientist will read this book,
and from the mass of circumstantial evidence I have presented, realise
that there is a major anthropological mystery which has gone ignored
for too long, by a scientific establishment which has hitherto made
no attempt to investigate it.
seems to be that, just because the Yowie is not included in the scientific
text books, it can't possibly exist, ant that is final. Or, to put it
another way; it is not supposed to exist so it mustn't.
Sandy Desert 1972
Further south of the Kimberley
Plateau lies the vastness of the Great Sandy Desert, one of the fabled
homes of the dreaded Jimbras, those monstrous 3-4m tall, powerfully
built gorilla-like beings so feared by the Aborigines.
beings continue to remind us of their presence. Travellers in remote
areas have claimed from time to time during the 1990's, to have found
the huge footprints of these creatures.
Much earlier, during the
1970's there was a spate of claimed Jimbra footprint discoveries, such
as that of Mrs Joan McKendrick, who while prospecting with here husband
Tom near Lake Tobin, in the south-east corner of the Great Sandy Desert,
one day in 1972, stumbled upon several, 45cm long footprints in soft
"I nearly fainted when
I came across these large tracks in the soil. I never thought such monsters
ever existed outside Aboriginal myths," she said later to this
To the north of here lies
Jimberingga. This community bears a name which is actually another variant
of 'Jimbra' and it too is an area of Jimbra sightings in recent years.
tall hairy male creature-stone club in Hand
a fossicker, was exploring a dry creek-bed in the Oolea Range near Yarle
Lakes on thee fringe of the Great Victoria Desert, one day in August
Two years before,
there had been a rash of reported encounters and discoveries of up to
50-cm-length footprints of the so called "Abominable Spinifex Man",
better known as "Tjangara", but Steve was oblivious to these
as he searched for gemstones in the dry earth.
Detecting a bad smell, he looked about him to see, standing upon the
bank six metres away, an enormous 3.3-metre-tall hairy male creature,
a large stone club in its right hand.
to the spot for a moment, man and sub-man-giant staring at one another;
then, grabbing his small geologist's pick for protection, he rose and
slowly backed away as the man-monster stood watching him.
"My Land-Rover was parked 100 yards away on a track. I figured
if I could get there quickly enough I would be alright," he told
a reporter later.
However, the monster, uttering a snarling sound, proceeded to jump down
onto the creek-bed and dash towards Steve who by now was bounding away
as fast as his legs could carry him.
But the monster
was closing in fast. I was out of breath.
I turned, aimed
and hurled the pick at the creature's face. The monster 'manimal' screamed
in pain, clutching its face with both hands. I quickly staggered the
last yards to my vehicle. I drove out of that place in a panic and I
have never been back, "Said Steve.
In February 1972, while fossicking
on the Cudgegong River bank outside the central western NSW town of
Mudgee, I spotted an oddly-shaped fossil impression on a small ironstone
lump, cemented in a deposit of conglomerate. Digging it out I found the
impression to be that of a human palate with dental arch, measuring
6 cm, the teeth marks clearly visible beneath the 1 cm high palate.
Midlands Highway 1972
About 5am one April morning
in 1972, Jack Andrews and Robert Turnbull, were driving along the Western
Midlands Highway, when suddenly they were startled by a 2.6 m tall,
hairy, manlike beast running across the road. Narrowly missing the creature,
the men saw it disappear into roadside scrub.
"The creature was illuminated
by the car headlights so we got a reasonably good look at it.""I am 6 ft in[1.83m]
height, the creature we saw was considerably taller, at least 2.6 m
tall, very thick set, probably around 200 kg in weight and it ran in
big strides." "We scarcely had time
to pull up without hitting the monster. It disappeared quickly into
the undergrowth, before we could get out of the car for another look;
that's if either of us dared", said Mr Andrews.
At Lucknow, earlier in 1972
a man walking his two dogs in scrub and carrying a rifle with which
to shoot rabbits, found he could not make his dogs walk past a large
boulder. It was at this moment that
he heard something moving behind the rock. As he was about to see what
was disturbing his dogs, a large hairy man-ape creature walked into
The man was too terrified even to raise his rifle to fire
at the beast. However, as the dogs ran
off in terror, the manbeast simply turned around and began bounding
off into the surrounding scrub, leaving the terrified hunter wondering
perhaps whether he was imagining what he had just seem.
Reports continued from Orange.
One November night in 1972, at around 11 pm, Mr Robert Lloyd and another
friend were driving a truck towards Orange. They were just a few kilometres
from the town when suddenly, from out of the roadside scrub some distance
ahead of their vehicle, and illuminated by the truck headlights, a strange
hairy, man-like, ape-like beast came into view walking quickly across
the road some distance ahead of their truck.
"The man-like monster
appeared to walk rapidly across the road, disappearing into thick scrub
on the other side. We were too dumbfounded, if not too scared to stop
the truck and try to get a closer look with a torch at the monster,
which was at least 2.3m in height. We just kept on driving," said
Aboriginal people of the
Orange-Mudgee regions possess a great store of local 'hairy man' traditions.
They believe that the Yowies would have to be the smartest creatures
next to Man - they can think, they are intelligent - they would have
to be, to have avoided capture for so long. The Yowies are capable, say
the Aborigines, of making friends with a man, provided he is willing
to leave food out for them. If he does, they will stick around, otherwise
they will move on.
Aborigines have pointed out
that the 'hairy men' have been known to use branches to sweep away their
footprints and are scared of dogs when being pursued. They will defend
themselves with large rocks or wooden clubs if cornered, and are very
dangerous in this situation to ordinary humans.
At Watsons Creek, north -west
of Bendemeer, in April 1972, a visiting Qld gold prospector, Frank Moore
of Brisbane, came across huge footprints in creek sand on the water's
edge. They appeared to be just
minutes old. As he bent over them, in the water he was a reflection;
a tall dark shape. Turning to see who or what was behind, he was suddenly
struck a blow that sent him reeling into the creek.
Dazed, he felt himself being
lifted up - powerful hands gripped his waist - then he was hurled several
feet into rocks and shrubbery. He came to, bloodied and
dazed. Staggering to his nearby station wagon he drove the short distance
into town, where he related his experience to some startled locals while
they tended his wounds.
But although they could not explain his bettered
condition, few believed he had been attacked by some giant man-ape monster;
at least until after some of them returned with Frank to the scene of
his attack and saw the footprints.
Then in August that same
year a tall hairy male creature wandered into the backyard of a Watsons
Creek area farm at sunset taking the family by surprise. At the moment the monster
appeared from out of a nearby forest, the farmer, Wal Jones, was doing
some wood work in the yard with his young son and daughter beside him;
his wife Vera, was in the backyard septic tank 'loo'.
As Wal told me some years
later, the family's two cattle dogs were first to raise the alarm with
their furious barking. The children looked across the yard and screamed. Wal looked up from his work
to see it too; a 2.6m tall, dark haired, very muscular, half-man, half-ape
like beast, standing barely15m away, snarling at the barking dogs, who
kept well away from the creature.
Wal yelled at Vera who dashed
out of the 'loo', pushing his family inside the back door of the house,
he grabbed his 12 gauge pump action shotgun. Then, charging back out
the door, he saw the dark shape of the manbeast retreating into the
bush. Firing off a couple of rounds
at the shadowy figure, Wal ran to the far end of the yard hoping to
get a better target, bu the manbeast had vanished. He never returned.
River 1972-Interviewed 1980
During 1980 I interviewed
Mrs Jane Little of Brisbane, about her encounter with a Yowie in 1972.
me the following:
"I was horse riding
with my sister on the Albert River near Winderoo, just off the Beaudesert
Road. As we rode past a sugar cane field we surprised a strange bipedal
animal sitting on the edge of the field." "When it saw us approaching
it stood up on two legs to a height of about 4ft [about 1.4m]. It was
covered in long brownish hair, but none on the face, which looked something
between a monkey and man in features."
"As we rode by it stood
looking at us, then bolted into the cane field [it had already startled
our mounts]; but not before I noticed its arms, which were longer than
a human's and its fingers, which were hairless and yellowish in colour." "It is an interesting
fact that no birds or other animals ever seem to inhabit this area.
Horses even spook and refuse to stay there very long. This whole area
of the Albert River is covered in little islands of swamp and scrub.
It is an eerie region."
"The man who owns the
cane field where we saw the little creature has said that his father
used to speak of a monkey-like 'hairy man' who inhabited the area many
years before." Aboriginal people believe
that Junjdy inhabit the Carnarvon Range north of Roma.
They say that little footprints
have been found in the Murgon scrub, and also around Injune to the south
of the Carnarvon Range within recent years. There is even a rumour that,
during the mid-1970's, the skeleton of a pygmy-type native was found
in this region. About the height of a normal six year old child, the
jaws contained the teeth of a 60 year old.
River 1972-Interviewed 1980
During 1972, two experienced
bushmen/explorers, Neil Lynham and Garry Brown were camped on the western
side of Mt Finlayson, south of Cooktown. One morning while exploring
on the mountain the men came upon a large pile of excrement, human-like
in appearance, but far too large for any normal human's. The find puzzled
the men, and they shortly after consulted a local Aboriginal bushman
as to what kind of wild animal might have left such a 'pile'.
After inspecting the smelly
mass, he declared that it belonged to one of the hairy Imjim man-like
beings that his people believe, still roam the wild country beyond Cooktown
He then hurried away, refusing to remain any longer on that mountain.
Neil and Garry however, were
not that superstitious and continued camping on the mountain.
next Neil later told me in an interview. He now takes up the story:
"One night we were sitting
by our campfire talking, when we heard the sounds of snapping foliage,
as some animal [we assumed] moved through the bushes not far from us.
It was a dark night and we couldn't see a thing at first. Then this
large, shadowy figure became just visible among the trees about 30 years
"A Cassowary, we agreed,
but then the figure moved closed and we could see in the dim glow of
the fire, that it appeared to be human, or so we thought." "By now Garry had found
his torch in his gear beside him and shone it at the figure. To say
we were shocked at what we now saw is an understatement!" "Standing before us
was an enormous, male apeish-looking creature about 9ft tall [about
Ape-like facial features
with a flattish nose, and eyes set deep inside big, protruding eyebrows,
whose head sloped back into a pointed skull dome [ie sagittal crest]
with long brownish hair trailing over its head onto big, powerful, muscular
shoulders almost 4ft [about 1.2m] across."
"His arms, from what
we can recall, were very muscular, with big palms and long, thick fingers
reaching down almost to knee level. The body was very hairy like his
powerful thick legs, and his genitals were very large. His feet were
"The monster then just
turned around and strolled away." "We spent a nervous
night at that campfire, keeping some large stones and strong lumps of
wood handy as weapons in case the monster should return, but he never
did. At first light we left the
mountain, hiking to our Landrover which was parked on a bush track a
few kilometres away." "We pondered afterwards,
how easily the monster could have harmed, even killed us, yet he had
left us alone."
"We returned later with
a couple of interested local bushmen to search for footprints of the
creature, but these were not visible anywhere, owing to the stony ground
and leafmould thereabouts." eil and Garry are now firm
believers in the existence of the hairy man-like giants of the far north
New Zealand 1972
Back in 1972 there had been
a real revival of interest in the Moehau and Coromandel residents found
themselves the targets of city newspaper, television and radio journalists
seeking every possible 'hairy man' encounter, real or imagined, that
they could lay their hands on.
There was Mrs Ngahui Patrick,
who warned the journalists that naturally there had to be more than
one of these creatures inhabiting that wilderness; and Mrs Lorna Burns,
who claimed she had seen one of these hominids just outside the town
on a road, as it vanished into the dense bush.
And there was Eric Noble
[60 years old at the time], who although he had not seen a Moehau, had
seen a sketch of one of the creature's footprints, drawn by a man who
had bound some in the Coromandels. Some locals had claimed to
have heard the "blood-curdling screams of the Moehau".
Aside from the tongue-in-cheek
media reporting, there had been caves discovered up in the hills, filled
with bones of both animal and human origin, some obviously dating back
to pre-European times and earlier, while others appeared more recent. Crude non-Maori stone tools
were also found in these apparent 'Moehau lairs'.
Range New Zealand 1972
figure in Bushes
During the winter of 1972
Mr Trevor Silcox and another man were wild pig shooting in the Coromandel
Range. As they explored along 'Razorback Ridge' on the top of the range,
they happened to look across at another ridge 150 yards away, running
parallel to them. Here they spotted a tall
figure in bushes whom they at first thought was another hunter.
takes up the story:
"We decided to walk over the gully to have a yarn, but as we did
so the figure moved away." "The 'man' had been
standing next to a large tree at the time. When we reached the spot
we found the figure's head had been level with a branch over 2m from
the ground!" "The figure had appeared
dark in colour at a distance. In fact, we thought 'he' had been wearing
a 'Swandi' [ie a long type of hunter's coat covered in mohair]"
"However, we found footprints
at the spot. These measured 35cm with the toes dug into the ground and
the heel not as deep. The prints were 17-18cm wide at the toes. Four
prints were found, leafmould obscuring the rest." "Most of that area is
sandstone and dense scrub, so the mystery hominid was easily able to
elude us. We detected a very strong musky smell about the area. The
time of the sightings was late afternoon, about 4.30pm-5pm, just before
dark began to fall. We returned to our camp feeling a little uneasy."
occasion some months after the above experience, Trevor was out hunting
in the Urewera Ranges near Waikaremoana south of Gisborne.
"I had with me a Parker
Hale 270 Winchester rifle for deer. During late afternoon again, just
before sunset, I was contemplating the scenery across the river flat
through bush, when I spotted a creature on the other side of the river
200 yards away.""I thought it was a
deer at first due to the fact it was not standing upright, mouthing
I had a telescopic sight and decided to try and shoot it. I fired
and missed it." "It then stood up, then
I saw that it was a hairy bipedal animal, very tall. The creature turned
and walked off quickly into scrub and disappeared. It had been standing
in the water at the time. I realised later that the
creatures seen on both occasions were the mysterious 'Coromandel Man'."
Such stories are typical
of the many reports I receive from people across the Tasman Sea, who
have had encounters with the 'Coromandel Man', better known as the 'Moehau
Monster' of old Maori tradition; a race of primitive submen that they
believe, have always inhabited the remote wilds of New Zealand.