From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
In 1955, a farmer
living at the north-eastern tip of "the wilderness" near Singleton,
was shocked one night when he caught in the glare of his torch, two
1.3 m tall black natives in the act of uprooting vegetables from a back
paddock garden. They escaped into nearby scrub
River 1955-Letter 1975
brown gorilla-like Creature
In 1975 I received a letter from Mr Ron Brooks of Cairns, in which he
related an experience of his that took place when he was 25 years old
in 1955. "In those days I worked
for a timber company. One day, while delivering a load of timber to
a property out on the Tully river, I was driving my truck through a
stretch of forest on a dirt track.
Ahead of me was a tree-covered swamp
on my [drivers] side of the track. I spotted a tall, dark figure
wading through the swamp water among the trees and approaching the edge
of the track." "Thinking it was the
bloke who owned the nearby property that I was approaching, I slowed
down and yelled out, 'G'day Bert'." "It was a clear spot
and as I pulled up, the figure emerged from the trees and I got the
shock of my life."
"Standing only yards
away was a 7ft [2.1m] tall, blackish-brown long-haired, upright-standing,
stooped gorilla-like creature, with very muscular long arms; a big,
powerful-looking beast with a big chest and muscular legs with big feet."
"I did not wait any
longer and drove off at increased speed, but I do recall that 'he' had
human-like genitals, and his head looked very ape-like; big, dark eyes
set deep inside large projecting eyebrows and a receding forehead." "I later made the mistake
of telling some locals and got laughed at.
But two old blokes who had
been timber cutters up in the mountains believed me. They said that
old settlers had known of the 'hairy ape-men of the mountains' last
[19th] century, and that early timber cutters hardly ever went into
the scrub unless they were in armed groups, in case they met up with
one or more of these 'apes'. Also, the local blacks say
'hairy giants' have inhabited the whole of the far north since the Dreamtime."