From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
One day in July 1988, Mr
Jean Paul Buvet, then of Wentworth Falls, in the Blue Mountains east
of Katoomba, stumbled upon a remarkable fossil while walking along a
bush track near his home.
A strangely shaped lump of
red ironstone, he soon realised it to be an almost perfectly formed
human foot, the size of a six year old child.
Anthropologist Mr Jim Specht
of the Australian Museum Sydney, later identified it as an endocast
that had taken at least 200,000 years to form.
However, Professor of Prehistory,
Richard Wright, of Sydney University was more sceptical. He was unable
to bring himself to accept it as a human foot, on the grounds that,
being an ironstone specimen it would have to be "millions of years
old". "Therefore I think it
most unlikely that it is a human foot", he told a reporter from
the Blue Mountains Echo newspaper.
[Note: ironstone endocasting
takes a least twice as long as limestone, which also suggests the Katoomba
ironstone cranium may be far older than the age suggested by Dr Harold
Local Aborigines had another
explanation for the endocast. It belonged, they believed, to the 'Gubri
Man', or perhaps his wife, the 'Hoori Woman', who inhabited a large
rock shelter at Frog Hollow, Katoomba.
The creatures, they claimed,
roamed the Blue Mountains in the long-ago 'dream-time'.
They were cannibalistic,
feeding upon any Aborigines unfortunate enough to be caught by them.
They were very hairy, brutish
looking people, who lived upon roots and berries, but also hunted animals.
They could often be seen at their Frog Hollow shelter, cutting up their
prey with crude, jagged stones, uttering strange grunts to one another,
and would emit loud howling sounds at any Aborigines seen spying on
Their description certainly
fits the image of Homo erectus.
hairy ape-like, man-like Creature
Even in recent times there
have been reports of Yowie activity in the Bombala district.
During July 1988 a farmer
sighted a tall hairy ape-like, man-like creature late one afternoon
near his property on the Bombala River, and in August 1988 large footprints
were found on the river bank.
In April, 1988,
an outing of the Haverkamp family of Brisbane was disrupted one afternoon,
when the children playing in bushes below the western slope of the lookout
were terrified when they came face-to-face with a "monkey-like
man, all covered with hair", who had been standing watching them
amid a tangle of vines and foliage.
When they ran
screaming up the slope to their parents, the strange creature quickly
vanished into the jungle. It is an eerie
place, this "Best of all Lookout". Visitors have
spoken afterwards of having heard strange sounds and had the feeling
of being watched, and on west misty days, the encroaching forest and
tangling vines that drape along the track, can create an all too 'spooky'
feeling for anyone to remain there very long.
this track myself and experienced strange sounds, and that unsettling
feeling of being watched by 'something' from the forest depths, I have
made small Footprints
Last century western Victoria
Aborigines believed that a crinkly black-haired, 3-4m [.9m to about
1.2m] tall pygmy race, the Net-Net, the "small hairy ones",
inhabited the mountain ranges across a wide area, stretching far into
These obvious survivors of
the old Tasmanian race were or are still, claimed to inhabit the desert
fringes and remote ranges, where they live a secretive existence. Renewed speculation on the
mystery was revived in 1988, when freshly made small footprints were
found by cattlemen at a waterhole near Mt Woodroffe, in the Musgrave
Aboriginal stockmen present
at the time left the scene and refused to return. "The Net-Net bring bad
luck if you see them,' they claimed. The Net-Net apparently once
spread across the continent in ice-age times when the interior was far
more habitable than now; with vast waterways, forests and pasturelands,
where now only desert prevails. They spread into Western Australia,
where we shall next meet the "small hairy ones".