From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
1945-Related late 1990's
man-sized hairy Creature
this book I received the following story from Mrs Lyn Roberts now of
Adelaide, SA, but formerly of the Great Lakes District of Tasmania.
She writes that,
in 1945 when she was about 6 years old, she lived with her family at
Shannon. At that time her father, Mr Max Harrison, was working for the
Sate Electricity Commission.
was a small town now no longer there. There was a little school and
also a nearby Army camp." "My sister
Lois used to play in a huge vegetable garden owned by a Mr Purcell,
which used to supply the Army camp with fresh vegetables, and which
was situated on the edge of forestland."
afternoon I happened to be playing there too, when we both spotted a
dark, man-sized hairy creature, walking with a stooped posture in some
haste across the garden. We ran off home and told Mum." "I don't
think Mum believed our tale, because all she said was 'Don't worry,
its only a Bunyip'!"
jeep struck & killed a hairy man-like Creature
About 90 km
to the north-east of Torrington is Tenterfield, where in 1945 a group
of Australian soldiers travelling in a jeep through scrub country struck
a hairy man-like creature, killing him instantly.
about 1.8m in height, had stepped out onto the bush road from shrubbery
at the side of the road as the vehicle approached. The men buried the
body somewhere up in the scrub and did not speak of the incident at
the time to avoid possible action by the police.
Today no one
knows the location of the grave.
are also not without their 'manbeast' tales from antiquity, for the
original inhabitants knew a time when their people were not safe even
in their jungle villages, from attacks by tall, hairy, powerfully-built
"man-animals'. These fearsome males inhabited the jungles and mountains
of the interior of the main islands of Luzon and Mindanao, with their
smaller females and young.
The early villagers
supposedly gradually hunted down and killed these primitives, yet there
are Filipinos today who claim to have caught sight of some of these
hairy beings. Familiar tales of stolen poultry, of killed and butchered
stock, and the tell-tale large man-like footprints left in surrounding
soil, or on lonely jungle tracks, can still be heard in modern times.
Those who scoff
at such claims in the Philippines, should remember that, two Philippines-based
Japanese soldiers who went into hiding rather than surrender in the
closing stages of the Pacific Ward in 1945, remained undetected for
some 30 years until, in the mid-1970's, following the death of one of
them, the other soldier finally gave himself up. Tales of secretive
hairy hominids still roaming the interior should there for be treated
with an open mind. Similarly, in 1961 a lone Japanese soldier staggered
out of the New Guinea jungles to surrender after 17 years living with
a stone-age tribe.