Jonathan Swift [1667-1745] in his book, “Gulliver’s Travels” [1726], described Australia long before the voyage of Captain James Cook RN [1770], with information which could only have come from ancient Chinese writings on the mysterious southern continent. He also described a primitive hairy race that inhabited that land as the Yahoos.

Jonathan Swift
Photo courtesy of the British Information Service, London UK.

The Yowie Mystery - Living Fossils from the Dreamtime.

Copyright © 2007 by Rex Gilroy
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Rex and Heather Gilroy are recognised internationally as Australia’s foremost relict hominid researchers. This book celebrates Rex Gilroy’s 50 years as the ‘father’ of Yowie research. Rex and Heather are also recognised internationally as one of the world’s foremost husband and wife research teams in the field of ‘Unexplained’ mysteries.

These daring and outspoken researchers are no friends of the Australian hard-core, narrow-minded scientific establishment, who would prefer that books of the kind produced by the Gilroys were prevented from publication.

When not carrying out field work, Rex and his wife Heather [a Registered Nurse/Midwife by profession] are at home writing books, surrounded by their huge reference library of books on all manner of scientific subjects. Besides their many and varied researches, Rex and Heather Gilroy are also involved in community service work as members of the Rotary Club of Katoomba.

Dead Horse Gap, near Thredbo. This wild region of the Snowy Mountains has been a “hairy man” locale since the first years of 19th century settlement hereabouts.

During June 1999 a stockman was riding his horse through wild scrub overlooking the road near where this photo was taken, when he spotted a number of “huge man-like footprints” in a mud patch.

Dead Horse Gap
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Over a wide are of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney New South Wales, for many years numbers of recently-flaked, crude stone implements have been found by campers who have penetrated remote, out-of-the-way valleys and forest country of this vast, mysterious region. Conservative scientists who have been shown them have dismissed them out-of-hand as ‘fakes’ or ‘natural’ stones shaped by nature.

This attitude among our supposed ‘investigative’ university-based so-called ‘experts’ is of course far from new, yet their attitude becomes all the more bewildering to the authors, who have in the course of our expeditions into the bush, come across many recently-manufactured implements, in the form of simple cutting and scraping tools, bone-smashing and chopping implements which, when compared to Homo erectus examples, to us leave no doubt as to the identity of their makers.

Sometimes these tools have been found in rock overhangs around long-abandoned campfires, weeks or months, even perhaps a few years old, which leaves us with but one conclusion; namely that the Yowie/Homo erectus still roams the vast Blue Mountains wilderness. Of course recently-manufactured crude Homo erectus-type stone tools have been recovered elsewhere beyond the Blue Mountains.

Heather and I, assisted by our south coast New South Wales field assistants and friends, Antji and Allan Westrip, who have taken us deep into the ranges in their four-wheel drive vehicle, has resulted in us not only uncovering recently-made megatools of ‘Rexbeast’, but also examples of Homo erectus-type cutting, chopping and scraping tools which, when found on the forest floor of the Wadbilliga wilderness, have often given the appearance of having only laid where we found them for a few weeks.

I have uncovered others under similar circumstances in the Nundle State Forest, south-east of Tamworth, in the New England district, in dense scrub along the edges of deep gullies that lead eastwards into some of the most impenetrable mountainous forestlands of the eastern Australian mountain ranges. They have also been recovered by us at various locations in the Far North Queensland mountain ranges. It is therefore apparent that Yowies/Homo erectines continue to survive and it seems, in reasonable numbers, in remote regions of the eastern Australian mountains ranges, moving about at will and free of unwanted [modern] human interference.

It is only when some of these “dawn hominids” have for one reason or another, strayed from their usual habitats to emerge on the fringes of modern civilisation that they have been seen.

And what are their habitats?

These have to be isolated regions of wilderness as already stated, but being primitive hunter-gatherers, constantly on the move from one rock shelter to another, wherever native animal and herbivorous food is available, and of course water, they are more likely to choose rock shelters close to remote creeks.

We are of course speaking of family groups, perhaps more than one, moving about together. Wherever they temporarily establish themselves, their immediate concerns are to construct shelters if rock overhangs are unavailable. These shelters would be similar to the Aboriginal gunyas; that is slabs of bark cut from large tree trunks and placed over crude frameworks of saplings. Such open campsites are said to have been stumbled upon by modern human campers in the past, apparently abandoned perhaps days or weeks before.

Of course rock shelters in the form of long, deep overhangs are traditionally linked to Stone-Age hominids worldwide, and we now know a lot more about the domestic life of Homo erectus and his campsites in rock shelters thanks to the work of archaeologists, who have built up a very accurate picture of the daily lives of the erectines from food and other remains excavated at these sites.

Fire was all-important and would have been one of the first tasks for any group establishing themselves at a new campsite. Homo erectus is credited with having been the inventor of fire. This was a giant leap forward in the history of Man for it was to benefit future civilisation in so many ways, such as the smelting of metals which led us on to a technology which is leading us to the stars. Yet to the Homo erectines its first and foremost importance was in the cooking of meat and as a provider of warmth on cold winter days and nights.

Rex Gilroy
Australian Yowie Research Centre,
Katoomba, NSW
Monday 25th June 2007

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