From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
erectus New England District 1999
to be even more recent evidence of the Yowie's [ie Homo erectus] continuing
survival, was found by me in January, 1999 in dense forest terrain,
high up in the mountain country behind Hanging Rock, which rises up
on the eastern side of Nundle, south-east of Tamworth.
This eerie forest
country has long been regarded as "Yowie territory" by the
locals around Hanging Rock and Nundle, for it has since pioneering days
been regarded as THE major region for 'hairy man' sightings in the New
It was while
on a visit to the Nundle State Forest area, east of Hanging Rock, together
with my wife Heather, on January 21st, that I stumbled upon an open
area atop a deep gully overlooking a vast wilderness that stretched
to the eastern horizon. Scattered about the area I found a number of
what were undoubtedly only weeks old, crudely flaked stone tools; scrapers,
choppers and other implements.
Within a few
days I had found another site containing crude choppers and scrapers,
once again situated in a very remote, out of the way area of dense bushland;
tools that appeared to be only a few months old.
I have seen
primitive implements of identical appearance over the past few years
at other locations, scattered about the former shoreline of a long-vanished
giant lake system that covers a vast area to the west of Tamworth, and
which had been part of an extensive series of inter-connecting lakes
extending north-west to Moree and southward down towards Mudgee during
the last ice-age.
Yet the crude
implements found around this former lake pre-dated any Aboriginal examples
and are identical to those manufactured by Home erectus in Java and
lake systems in question dried up within the last 15,000 years, although
deposits near Attunga, to the north of Tamworth, where the first Homo
erectus tools were identified by me in 1991, date back around 400,000
hundreds of square kilometres, these great water supplies would have
attracted primitive Homo erectus people and later humans, who fed upon
the abundant fish, giant marsupial and other fauna that roamed the shores.
based upon the available evidence, that wandering groups of Homo erectus
people, having entered Australia over a vast period of time, penetrated
the Central West/New England region, to congregate around the shores
of these vast lakes, and gradually evolve into the first modern humans,
who in turn eventually spread northwards beyond Australia.
That this region
was the very epicentre of modern human evolution is a proposition which
only future archaeological discoveries can vindicate. Yet wherever that
'epicentre' was, there can be little doubt that it was somewhere on
Mr Neil Hoskins,
who is an experience bushman and ex-soldier, was spending Christmas
1999 on the Colo River, up in a wilderness area at Cattle Camp No 1,
outside the small town of Putty.
It was daytime, when as he was working with cattle, he spotted about
30 metres away, a "one metre tall human-looking figure standing,
observing him on the edge of scrub. The little male was naked and black-skinned.
Neil observed that he had "a long pointy nose and black hair".
that this strange little creature was a still-wild pygmy, but before
he could get another look the pygmy-size creature turned away and quickly
vanished into the foliage.
The Dharug Aborigines
of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney called the pygmy-size people [other
than the yowies] with whom they shared these wilds the Boothoo geermi
- Boothoo 'little', geer 'hair', mi 'man' - or "Little hairy man".
geermi were said to be particularly prolific in the vast wildernesses
making up the Jamieson/Cedar/Megalong/Burragorang/Jenolan and Kanangra
ranges to the south and south-west of Katoomba, where they shared the
land with those other "hairy men" with which this book is
Eildon Region 1999
than man-sized Footprints
1990 Mr Wayne O'Brian and two friends were camped in the Howqua area
east of Lake Eildon. While exploring around the edge of thick scrub
through long grass, the men saw blowflies buzzing around something in
the grass nearby.
investigation they found the carcase of a calf that had been chewed
up, and about which were bones and clumps of hair. Shortly after, in
a nearby gully they found a pile of excreta. At the bottom of a patch
of scrub they smelt a very strong pungent odour. Nearby, in a muddy
area the men discovered a number of larger-than-man sized footprints.
Later, in July
1999 Mr Peter Whiteside and two other friends were hunting in a thickly
timbered area near Lake Eildon when, on the bank of a creek, they found
marks where some heavy object, like the rump of some huge man-like creature,
had been sitting.
Hairs of a
greyish colour were found embedded into the muddy depression. Nearby
campers came upon several huge man-ape like footprints in a mud patch.
rumours circulated around the Wee Waa district that a large hairy man-ape
creature of 2.4m or so in height and very muscular in appearance, was
roaming the scrublands thereabouts, and that he was responsible for
a number of dead sheep found at one bushland location, their limbs wrenched
from their sockets.
were left by the hairy manbeast about the scene of this mass 'kill'.
guns and dogs scoured the region but failed to find any further traces
of the mystery hominid, as he apparently moved on elsewhere.