From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
small black Natives
In August 1984 Mr Norman
Pine and Miss Jacquelin Woodward were hiking in the Mt Irvine region
west of Kurrajong Heights.
Finding the tracks of a dingo
they decided to try and follow them.
It was while they were standing
upon a rock overlooking scrub that they saw, moving through trees below
them, three small black natives, the tallest of which was no more than
about 1.3 m. As the little figures moved on they decided not to attempt
to follow them.
Island June 1984
fossil man-like Footprint
Evidence of the existence
in Tasmania of another people in ice-age times recently came to light
in the Franklin river rock shelters. Primitive stone tools of Java type
appearance were found by archaeologists together with remains of cooked
meals dating no later than 14,000 and 20,000 years BP.
Furthermore, on lonely Curtis
Island, once part of the Bass Strait land-bridge, this author, in the
course of an expedition there in June 1984, found a large fossil man-like
footprint. These finds make it quite clear that the Tasmanian Aborigines
were not alone.
Other men, or near-men shared
the island long after its separation from the Victorian mainland. Among
these were obviously a race of primitive creatures, known by various
names but all describing beings of often large muscular build. Something
out of the ordinary, a "great hairy man".
walking two legged Creature
Mr Norm Rayner of Cooma was
working as a roof tiler with another man on a farming property one day
in 1984. With them were four children. As they sat down to lunch their
attention was drawn to the commotion being caused by a flock of sheep
and a few horses in a paddock near the farm house.
Quote Mr Rayner:
"There were dogs on
the property and they were barking like crazy.""The sheep and horses
all seemed to run to one corner of the property. They were in a real
panic." "Then we saw what had
scared them. Across the same paddock about 300-400 metres away from
us was an upright walking, two-legged creature and much bigger than
a man, about 2.3 to 2.6 m in height and brown in colour."
"The creature was moving
in a fast loping gait, like an ape but upright. It definitely was not
a man. It moved across the paddock to the base of a hill, which it climbed,
to disappear over the summit. The whole incident was over in about 10
Needless to say, the group
was rather shaken by this experience.
An interesting aspect of
this story is that it took place on an extensive tract of cleared land.
Also according to Norman
Rayner, in 1984 a 12 year old boy, Kevin Martin, was out walking in
bushland on his father's farming property 3 km from Cooma, when, barely
a few metres ahead of him, he came face-to-face, with a hairy, ape-like
beast, very big and tall.
The creature, which towered
over the boy, turned around and immediately moved off quickly in the
At the same time a terrified Kevin "took off"home
as fast as his legs could carry him.
When he arrived back at his
house he looked 'as white as a ghost' to his parents as he blurted out
his terrifying experience to them. As a result of his meeting with the
monster, Kevin these days never ever ventures out alone into the Cooma
The creatures described by
Norman Rayner appear more Gigantopithecine than man-like.