From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
Wingham April 1993
the coast from Kempsey lies Taree, and inland, the wild mountainous
country of thee Barrington and Woko National Parks. In April 1993 a
farmer found a number of giant-sized, man/ape-like footprints on his
Manning River-bank property at Wingham, inland from Taree. Measuring 40
cm long by 17 cm wide, they were spaced about 1.5 metre's apart.
The man-beast who made them would have easily have stood 2.6 m tall.
I am interested in the Wingham footprints for they match others found
in March 1990 in the Numinbah Valley, inland from the Queensland Gold
Coast and close to the New South Wales border.
These in turn
match others found in the Kanangra Boyd National Park and also others
found some years ago in the Cooma district of the Snowy Mountains.
Christmas Creek District
Then, on the
afternoon of Monday 16th August 1993, while on a field trip to central
Qld, with Heather and our daughter Michelle, we happened to be investigating
a dry creek bed in the Christmas Creek district.
Protruding from hard packed gravels I spotted a large, 10cm thick flattish
brown ironstone slab. As there seemed to be something unusual about
it I dislodged it.
To my amazement
I found it to be the mineralised skull of a creature more hominoid than
hominid in appearance, crushed flat by geological pressure in the course
of the long fossilisation process, suggesting it had once been buried
at some depth beneath heavy overlying gravels.
& Lamington Plateau 1993
During two searches
in the jungle-covered O'Rielly's Guesthouse area carried out by Heather
and I in 1993 and 1994, I recovered a number of small stone tools of
these pygmy Aborigines, and also at the foot of the Lamington Plateau
at a site formerly part of a rain forest that had been cleared in recent
In both cases
these tools were comparatively recent; those from the base of the plateau
being no more than around 40 years old, while those found on the Lamington
Plateau in the vicinity of O'Rielly's could not have been more than
10 years old, and even more recent specimens have been found by bushwalkers
and campers supporting the claims of others to have seen some of these
little folk roaming in this vast wilderness in recent years.
Wandandian Mountain Range
days before Christmas 1993, a 2m tall "womanbeast" was reported
seen by two bushwalkers, as she foraged for berries and other herbivorous
food in a remote patch of scrub, deep in the range.
In April 1993
a stockman found three sets of giant-size footprints embedded in creek
mud near Pilliga township.
Pilliga Scrub 1993
There have been
in recent years a number of hairy man-like creature sightings reported
in the Pilliga Scrub north of Coonabarabran in recent years, and in
June 1993 a 2m tall female hominid was claimed seen drinking on all
fours at a remote waterhole.
Many stories concern the vast stretch of Pilliga scrub though which
passes the Newell Highway between Coonabarabran and Narrabri. Many truckies
refuse to pull over to sleep on that eerie stretch at night, for fear
of attacks by the creatures. Their
fears are not entirely unjustified.
There have been
some quite believable accounts; of dark, hairy man-ape shapes seen by
resting drivers on moonlight nights; of one or more of these nocturnal
hominids seen wandering across the deserted road; and other, more terrifying
reports, such as the truckie who woke up one night to find a hairy face
peering at him through his closed driver's window.
stretch of the Newell Highway without doubt becomes an eerie place once
the darkness falls.
Shennongjia China 1943-1993
In the spring
of 1943, one Zhang Yujin was with a party of soldiers, who shot a 'Wild
Man' in the Shennongjia district. A second, possibly a female escaped.
When the soldiers examined the dead Chi-Chi, they found it to be as
tall as a human being, the whole body being covered in dark red hair.
The palms of
its hands and soles of its feet were covered with thick white calluses,
while the fingers and toes had pointed nails, Zhang Yujin said later.
In this same
district, 50 years later, in 1993 a recently abandoned campfire was
discovered by peasants, from around which they retrieved a number of
crude stone tools.
researchers believe these primitive fire-making hominids are surviving
remnant populations of the Chinese Homo erectus, Beijing [formerly Peking]
Man, and if so, these hominids are undoubtedly close relatives to the
fire and stone tool-making "hairy people" of Australia.