The Australian Yowie - A 50 Year Scientific Investigation


Australian Yowie Research Centre

Yowie Newspaper Accounts
Yowie Anyone?
Yowie Hunt
The Yowie - Myth or Mystery
Avid yowie Hunter
Barrington Tops Expedition
Australia - cradle of Civilisation
Footprints evidence of Yowie
On the trail of the Yowie
N.Z. mystery man-Apes
The Yowie Man
Hunt for the Yowie
Wowee it's a Yowie
On the track of Myths
Anyone seen a Yowie
Search for the elusive Yowie
1925: Australian Kong
Yowie Newspaper Accounts

A Letter from Rex Gilroy - 2009

by Rex Gilroy.
Copyright (c) 2009 Rex Gilroy, Uru Publications

The following articles are as the sensation-seeking media reported, or rather, deliberately misquoted and distorted interviews on the subject of the Yowie, and not as I reported in these and countless other interviews. These articles are an example of the kind of tongue-in-cheek reporting of my research into the Yowie mystery, which I had to endure from the Australian Media throughout the 1970's and 1980's.

Statements I made were distorted, and often reporters invented statements supposedly made by me. Sketches of the Yowie were drawn by newspaper artists and attributed to me.' Radio and television interviews fared no better.

The true facts are as I have written them in my two books on the subject; "Giants from the Dreamtime-The Yowie in Myth and Reality", and "The Yowie Mystery-Living Fossils from the Dreamtime". The media generally has always treated the Australian relict hominid subject with ridicule with few exceptions. These individuals know nothing about the subject and have never bothered to make a proper investigation of the evidence, preferring always to discredit it out-of-hand, by pushing the "hairy monster" image, which to them is far more sensational than the tool-making, fire-making Homo erectus, our immediate ancestor.

Yowie Newspaper Accounts
Hairy man roams Mountains
The Yowie
Hermits unlock hairy man Mystery
Hunt for elusive Yowie
Hairy man shocks Mark Foy
Hairy man evades Hunters
Hairy man of the Blue Mountains
The Yowie Exists
Yowie sighted in Dubbo
Yowie man wants Army to Search
The Yowie - myth or Mystery
Woronora wild man - Hoax!
The great white yowle Hunter
Ow! Look out for the Yowie!
Yowie..! It's the missing Link
Giant hairy beast - monster or Myth
Yowie pads' spur on stalking Party
Yowie Newspaper Accounts
Links Up December 2009
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Links Up December 2009

A Letter from Rex Gilroy - 2009
Continued From Above

by Rex Gilroy.
Copyright (c) 2009 Rex Gilroy, Uru Publications

This article is composed of a letter from Rex Gilroy

Intelligent readers can make up their own minds from the evidence presented in my books. Looking back over my 50 years of research on the Yowie mystery, I see an evolutionary pattern in my work, beginning with the youthful enthusiasm of a teenager gathering old Aboriginal and early settlers stories of encounters in the bush with the “hairy man”, to the beginnings of my earliest field investigations and footprint finds; how I at first believed that the “hairy man” was some form of long-haired bipedal primate, which might be a surviving population of Gigantopithecus blackie which had made its way into Australia during the Pleistocene period.

Yet I eventually realised that the cast footprints of the Yowie that began appearing in the 1960s, and also those recovered during the early 1970s, were more hominid than primate. At the same time I was beginning to uncover recently-manufactured crude stone implements from remote areas of the Blue Mountains. These, together with Aboriginal accounts of the “hairy men and women” being able to make fire and cook their food, soon led me to realise that I was dealing with remnant populations of living Homo erectus.

This belief was meanwhile being reinforced by discoveries first with my late father, Mr W F [Bill] Gilroy, and later by my wife Heather and I, of actual fossil skull-types of Homo erectus over a wide area of Australia, mostly in areas once inhabited by the “hairy people” according to Aboriginal traditions. I learnt also that ‘Yowie’ was but one of many, indeed a great many names throughout Australia, by which these beings were known to our Aborigines.

In fact, I discovered that these names all identified any non-Aboriginal race with which they once shared the continent, be they average modern human height beings, pygmies or giants. All these names meant “hairy man”, “hairy woman” or “hairy people”, and they were all called such not because they possessed long body hair, but because they wore cloaks of kangaroo and other marsupial [fur] hides, just like the Aborigines in early historical photographs which can still be seen today. Photograph right: Aboriginal Girl wearing a Kangaroo hide Garment. Photographer Unknown. I will credit anyone who owns this photograph.

Thus as my information and evidence grew I was able to discard previous ideas on the physical appearance and identity of the Yowie. A similar evolution of my theories, both on the origins of the Yowie and of pre-Aboriginal hominid evolution as a whole, can be seen in the way that my ideas have changed over the years as my collection of fossil hominid skull-types grew. In September 1969 I recovered a 52mm tall giant hominid lower back premolar tooth at a fossil site now covered by Westmead Children’s’ Hospital in Sydney’s west.

The discovery of my first giant hominid fossil footprint followed in April 1970 at Mulgoa, at the eastern base of the Blue Mountains. Then in May 1972 my late father found the mineralised endocast of a large ‘archaic’ Homo sapien skull at an old Pleistocene site at Tarana, just west of the Blue Mountains; followed by my own discovery of a smaller endocast of a ‘late’ Homo erectus skull-type about 30 metres away in the same strata, demonstrating upon various grounds to be discussed further on in this book, that Homo sapiens were already present in Australia by 300,000 years ago, and that they shared the land with their ‘father’, Homo erectus.

“Giants From the Dreamtime”-The Yowie in Myth and Reality.

“Giants From The Dreamtime” is a scientific approach to the Yowie enigma, with a comparative study of “hairy man” footprints and their similarities with many giant-size and other fossil hominid and hominoid-type footprints found across the continent, a study of gigantism and much, much more. There is much hitherto unpublished material of the author presented which will surprise many people, information too often suppressed, because it throws into question the long-established ‘conservative’ view of our ancient past as presented in university text books.

I also present sensible advice to any future would-be Yowie investigators. The reader will also be awed at the great many discoveries my wife Heather and I have made in all our years together in the field. I feel privileged to be the founder of Yowie research and to have encouraged other, sensible researchers to follow my example. The search for surviving relict hominids in remote, hidden regions of the world, has been called the “last great search”, and it is both a fascinating and exciting one. Rex Gilroy may be contacted at the Australalian Yowie Research Centre, PO Box 202, Katoomba. NSW 2780. Ph 02 4782 3441 or email New Email Address as of June 2009 on or visit our website : or or

Newspaper Articles on Rex Gilroy's Lifetime Search for the Australian Yowie


Newspaper Articles on Rex Gilroy's Lifetime Search for the Australian Yowie

“Giants From the Dreamtime”-The Yowie in Myth and Reality.

Giants From the Dreamtime The Yowie In Myth & Reality

Here is a Scientific Investigation of Australia's very own 'Bigfoot', Crammed with Information & Hundreds of Sightings Reports, Written by Rex Gilroy, Australia's First & Foremost 'Yowie Man', Celebrating 50 Years of Australian Yowie [Relict Hominid] Research.

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“THE YOWIE- Living Fossils from the Dreamtime”.

“THE YOWIE- Living Fossils from the Dreamtime”.
50 Years of Scientific Research

This book celebrates Rex Gilroy’s 50th anniversary as the Father of Australian Yowie [ie relict hominology] and Australian Cryptozoology research. In the coming months the Gilroys will release other books on the Yowie, and also an already completed book on Australia ‘big cats’, and other Cryptozoological titles are also forthcoming. However, “The YOWIE – Living fossils from the Dreamtime” is a significant milestone in Australian relict hominology, for it is primarily concerned with the “fossil foundation” of the Yowie mystery.

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To Contact Rex & Heather |
New Email Address as of June 2009
Phone 02 4782 3441 - Overseas 61 2 47823441

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