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Sunday, May 15, 2011

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A MAN-MONKEY IN NEW SOUTH WALES IN 1912

I recently found the following story in my archives whilst looking for something else. It was originally in The Argus, an Australian newspaper dated June 16th 1912:

MAN OR APE?
MONARO MYSTERY



Bombala (N.S.W.) Tuesday.- For many years past this portion of Monaro has been credited with being the possessor of a hairy man. Bushmen at various times have reported that they had seen an immense ape-like animal, but it had always managed to escape them. This afternoon word came through from Mr Sydney Jephcott, owner of Creewah Station, 20 miles from Bombala, that in the thick bush on his property yesterday he discovered tracks of an apparently immense animal. The tracks were like those of a human foot, but measured 18in in length and 8 in. across. Mr Jephcott ordered a quantity of plaster of Paris to be sent out from Bombala for the purpose of taking impressions.

Word was also received to-day that a man named Summerell, while shooting in the bush yesterday, came across an immense object resembling a man. On Summerell approaching,however, the creature picked up a stick and emitted a growling noise, and disappeared. Portions of Creewah are very rough and scrubby giving the mysterious animal excellent opportunities for hiding .(1)

1. Argus June 16th 1912.

If anyone has back issues of the ISC Newsletter or the ISC journal Cryptozoology they are prepared to see please can they contact me at flyingsnakepress@hotmail.co.uk Thanks.
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1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

Dale has nearly all of the back issues of both journals, save the ones I ordered and they never sent. Dale also does not perceive your meaning in the phrase "prepared to see"

Dale has also said he is willing to devote his energies fulltime to help out a revived ISC and Dale has the necessary skills to keep the publications going. Of course nobody listens to Dale.

You have a pretty good Yowie report here with a pretty good description of the track, in the standard-Bigfoot size range, just about.Some similar reports use the Latin for "Monkey-man", Pithecanthropus, which is of course the original term for Homo erectus.

Best Wishes, Dale D.