From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
Boyd Ruined Catle Formation 1998
My last happy
memory of Don is the image of him standing upright, precariously upon
the tallest pinnacle of the Ruined Castle rock formation in Jamieson
Valley below Katoomba NSW during our last [October 1998] Yowie investigation
together with Geoff and Evan.
Don [who told
no one of his battle with cancer] thought nothing of heights anymore
than he thought nothing of upsetting the establishment. Well done old
Boyd National Park 1998
9th 1998 in the company of my friends and fellow researchers, Andrew
Leese and Erik Spinney, while searching cliffs overlooking a deep gully,
I stumbled upon the largest fossil footprint discovery in this area
As with all
the other giant and normal size hominid foot impressions fossilised
hereabouts, the maker had walked through cooled volcanic ash and mud,
leaving an impression measuring an astounding 68 cm long by 50 cm wide
across the toes, 31 cm wide at the mid-foot and 27 cm wide across the
heel, being embedded 14 cm deep in the rock.
A right foot,
the big toe impression measures 10 cm long by 8 cm wide, the others
measuring between 6 and 7 cm in length and between 7 and 11 cm in width.
Even allowing for distortion in the originally soft ash and mud, the
giant who left this massive impression would easily have stood around
4 m high and been of powerful build!
shows that at the time of the foot's impression the gully below did
not exist and the area was a vast swampland. With the creation of the
gully, any further foot impressions left by the giant hominid have vanished
with the sands of time.
Soon after the
initial giant hominid fossil footprint discoveries I uncovered the fossil
'trackway' of a single creature, consisting of seven normal human-size
footprints, extending on the former shoreline of a swamp for a distance
of 3 m from north to south.
Varying in length,
width and depth, due to distortion when made, the impressions range
from 25 cm to 33 cm in length by 11 to 16 cm in width and up to 12 cm
As an experiment,
I placed my bare feet upon these tracks and attempted to walk in the
same manner as suggested by the varying distances between each foot
The fossil 'trackway'
foot pattern is as follows: the left foot [beginning northern end] was
squashed 9 cm deep in the ash as the right foot was brought around at
a squashed angle 2 cm deep and 25 cm in front of it.
Then the left
foot was bought out of the ash, its next impression narrowed and 12
cm deep as the ash closed in. The distance between the feet is 25 cm
at this point. Then the left foot was brought forward, 36 cm past the
right [which is only 2 cm deep probably due to immediate filling in].
The right foot was then brought 40 cm in front of the left [again only
2 cm deep].
this point the left foot was brought around to a point 55 cm left of
the last left foot impression and 38 cm left of the right foot above
it, but to its right. This foot impression is 2 cm deep. It is also
22 cm to the left of the right foot impression.
With the left
foot 2 cm deep here, and at an awkward angle, the hominid appears to
be stooped, as if turning to look around it, as 'it' hastens to flee
the swamp, its tracks surviving to preserve what appears to have been
a 12 seconds or so record of prehistoric flight, perhaps from some danger
which can now only be guessed at.
But just how
old are all these footprints?
geologists, the volcanic deposits that cover the Kanangra Boyd National
Park, were laid down during Pliocene times around 3 million years ago!
If the geologists
are correct, primitive ancestors of modern humans were present in Australia
at the same time similar hominids were roaming Africa!
And, as suggested
by the giant hominid foot impressions, these normal height human-like
creatures shared the landscape with at least two forms of giants; one
an ape-like, possible Gigantopithecine, the other a more human-like
race; beings of between 3 and 4 metres in height and of immense strength.
It would appear
that the 'Rakataks' still inhabit remote areas of the Central Coast.
Consider the following two 'close encounters of the Yowie kind', experienced
at the same bushland location by my friend and fellow field researcher,
Andrew Leese and myself on separate occasions.
I quote from Andrew's own report he prepared for me:
On the night
of Wednesday 22nd July 1998 around 10.30pm, after he had dropped off
his wife Wendy at a friends house in Kariong, he drove off in his 4-wheel
drive vehicle for a planned overnight camp at a clearing, reached via
a muddy track and adjacent to dense bush country outside the town, on
his way back to their Blue Mountains home. With him was Zero, the family's
pet black poodle.
at the clearing, parked and let Zero out of the car to go to the toilet.
Whilst he was sniffing around I decided to arrange the back of the car
for sleeping. Suddenly Zero started barking and took off into the bush
as if after something. I thought it must have been just a kangaroo,
so I let him go." "After
about a minute of continuous, really aggressive barking [which is totally
out of character for Zero] I called him but he didn't return, but still
Because it was pretty late and overcast I couldn't see
how far away he was, so I decided to go into the bush after him."
I'd only gone
about 20 feet [6.1 m] when zero came bolting past me with his tail between
his legs, yelping. I started to follow him back to the car when I saw
him jump into the driver' side, but I wanted to know what had run so
I turned around and took about five steps and I stopped dead in my tracks.
I had the most intense feeling of being watched."
an intrepid camper, of course I didn't have a torch on me but did have
a box of matches, so I took out some matches and lit a few all at once
to get a brighter light. After my eyes adjusted I took a few more steps
forward peering into the gloom, and that's when I saw 'it'." "Not 8
feet [2.45 m] in front of me stood a large man-shaped creature looking
straight at me.
And when I say
looking, he was looking down at me.
He must have
been a good 2 feet [60 cm] taller than me and I am slightly over 6 feet
[1.8 m] tall.
In the few seconds
that the matches lasted I made out a few facial features that I could
see, which were his very human eyes, but squashed nose; I didn't make
out a mouth as he seemed to have a longish, reddish strangly beard,
which covered it and which with the hair on his head and also the long,
matted fur-like hair that was on his shoulders and chest, and which
was about 6 inches [15cm] long in places. It was too dark to see the
rest of him."
never felt such an intense feeling of foreboding, it was as if I could
feel an intense surge of anger at my being there. My one and only feeling
was to flee, at which point the matches burnt my fingers and went out.
I turned and ran for the car, jumped in and slammed that door shut behind
obviously as scared as I was as he'd urinated on the seat, where he
was still cowering with his tail between his legs. The one thought that
was going through my head was that I shouldn't be there and should leave
out or there as fast as the muddy track would let me,. all the time
hoping that nothing was going to step out in front of me on the way
out. Needless to say I didn't camp in the bush that night, but in my
friends driveway instead. It was quite obvious that what was down there
did not want me or anybody around at that time."
There have been
many similar experiences to that of Andrew reported to me from this
region over the years, and Aboriginal rock engravings thousands of years
old depicting the 'Rakatak' "Hairy man" are still to be found
upon rock ledges around the Central Coast district.
It was almost
a year after Andrew and Zero had their experience that , while on an
archaeological field investigation in the Kariong district, I happened
to visit this same location with field assistants Fred From and Greg
Foster, on Thursday 15th June 2000.
We were examining
Aboriginal rock art, when I happened to stray from the others, following
a rock ledge onto an extensive area of sandstone shoals bearing further
rock art. This spot is surrounded by dense bush below a rise.
was 2.23pm when I glanced at my watch. The sun had sunk behind the trees
on the rise ahead of me.
It was at this
very moment that, about 15 metres ahead of me, I observed an orangey-brown
long-haired arm and portion of the right side of a body, moving quickly,
silently across an opening in the foliage, outlined in the back lighting
of the sun, to vanish behind a large tree trunk. The sighting had occurred
in less than 2-4 seconds.
For a moment
I wondered if I had perhaps just seen a cow or horse, yet whatever it
was it had made no sound, and despite the bracken covering the ground
and the dense scrub, there was not even the sound of snapping twigs.
I wondered if it was a hiker exploring the scrub.
Then, as I stood
there still wondering what it could have been, I spotted about 15 metres
away an orangey-brown, hairy hominid-looking creature, observing me
from another opening in the foliage.
The figure was
only partly visible, with the sunlight behind obscuring the facial features.
The figure was
visible only from the waist up, the arms being held out from the body,
the hands hidden behind the bushes. As with my first sighting moments
before, the creature vanished silently into the scrub within seconds,
leaving me rather shaken by my experience.
the hominid to have been about 1.5 metres in height. Quickly alerting
my companions, we searched the spot for any signs of the creature.
There were no
signs of footprints at the spots I had seen it due to the undergrowth
of twigs , leafmould and sandstone rubble covering the area, and no
evidence of freshly broken saplings were to be found, despite a thorough
search of the scrub thereabouts.
How that creatures had been able to
move about in that scrub without making a sound gave me an eerie feeling,
and I was glad to leave the area.
This had been
my third "close encounter" with a Yowie the other two having
occurred in the Jamieson Valley below Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains
west of Sydney, in 1970 and 1979 as already described in Chapter Ten.
also believed in the former existence of another "hairy man"
of gigantuan proportions who roamed an area stretching from the Central
Coast far inland up the Hawkesbury-Colo Rivers, where there exist rock
engraving and cave paintings of this giant being. Datrumenus was held
in such awe that he was regarded as the supreme being by these tribespeople.
Anau Downs 1998
our May-June 1996 New Zealand field investigation, at a point just north
of the west coast town of Ross in South Island, Heather and I found,
protruding from ancient stratas nearby a long dried-up inlet about 1km
in from the ocean, four crude implements, consisting of a large, 28cm
wide by 16.5cm long chopping tool, together with another 11cm by 10cm
chopper; a 9.5cm by 9.5cm bone smashing pebble tool, and a hand-axe
measuring 10.5cm wide by 14.8cm long.
these implements as being identical to Homo erectus examples found by
me in the New England district of northern NSW.
Three days later
Heather and I found other former occupation sites of this Homo erectus-type
people in the Te Anau Downs, containing primitive choppers, scraping,
cutting and bone-smashing tools; all of which showed these people had
roamed the edges of the former glaciers, following the Moa food chain.
erectus "dawn tools" were discovered on the edge of an extinct
ice-age lake at Tongariro National Park during our 1998 New Zealand
field investigation. But just how old are these finds?
The Ross site
has been dated to the 7th Glacial Period of the New Zealand ice-age,
making these tools up to 150,000 years old; the same age as the Mt Tongariro
Te Anau occupation sites, whose tools appear much older and cruder than
those found elsewhere, are believed to date from the 5th Glacial and
4th Inter-Glacial Periods; that is, somewhere between 350,000-400,000
years BP [Before Present]. Earlier occupation sites containing eoliths
in the Te Anau-Milford region may date to even earlier times, perhaps
up to 500,000 years BP.
Not all stone
tools recovered of New Zealand's lost races are ancient. During our
September 1998 New Zealand field search at Milford Sound I found several,
freshly-made scraping, chopping and other tools.
Were they the
work of the mysterious "White tribe" of the Fiordlands?
and other European seafarers who landed along the Fiordland Coast between
the 1790's and 1820's, frequently claimed to have sighted strange white-skinned
natives, often in large groups, camping and fishing along the shores
and who quickly retreated into the scrub as longboats approached.