From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
To the north
of the Kanangra Boyd wilderness lies the Oberon/Essington district,
in ancient times an extension of this wilderness but now largely open
farmland with scattered areas of gum forest. It is from these areas
that farmers have on occasions claimed not only sightings of Yowies,
but also little pygmy-size Aboriginal-like natives.
Take for example
the following remarkable sighting a close friend of the author's whose
honesty I can personally vouch for - Joy Colley.
One late afternoon
in the summer of 1996 Joy was driving down a dirt road outside Oberon,
when suddenly ahead of her she saw a small, child-size male figure no
more than at least a metre in height, and clothed in an animal hide
[kangaroo] cloak, dash across the road to quickly crouch down in a deep
gutter on the left side of the road.
Joy pulled up
to get a better look at the little creature, at which it took off, running
along the side of a wire fence, through which it escaped across a paddock,
heading in the direction of the Kanangra Boyd wilderness to the south.
Yet the Kanangra
Boyd wilderness is still quite a few kilometres away across largely
open country. How had the little creature been able to penetrate so
far into open farmland where he could not have escaped being seen for
very long, Joy wondered.
and perhaps others, had been exploring beyond their wilderness environment
at night, and perhaps this little native had become separated from the
group, probably forced to spend the day hiding in the nearest patch
of scrub, and had begun trying to find his way back to the Kanangra
forests and the rest of his tribe as darkness approached, when Joy encountered
New Zealand 1996
during 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.