Bunyip of Thargomindah: Mystery animal caught in a media circus

On 2 August 1941, the Courier Mail broke the news that for several months, a mysterious creature had been sighted lurking in Lake Dynevor, just outside Thargomindah, a small outback Queensland town located 1,100 kilometres west of Brisbane. News of the Thargomindah Bunyip quickly spread and soon newspapers across the east coast were updating readers…

The Great Serpent of the Mallee Scrub

Throughout 1847, the elusive aquatic monster known as the Bunyip was causing somewhat of a sensation across Australia. It all began when famed Australian explorer William Hovell, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald on 9 February 1847, announced that a Bunyip skull had apparently been discovered by a Mr Fletcher along the banks of the…

Yowie killed on the road to Cooma in 1893?

While delivering his goods to the Southern Tablelands township of Captain’s Flat, Braidwood cordial maker Arthur Marrin’s dog suddenly ran out from the bushes and off down the road in a terrible fright. Something had really spooked Marrin’s canine companion. Arthur Marrin soon discovered the object of his dog’s intense fear when a large, hairy…

The Yahoo, Gubri Man, Hoori Woman & Rock Dog

“As far back as I can remember, the yarn of the Hairy Man was told in the Blue Mountain district of New South Wales. It scared children coming home by bush tracks from school and boys out late after lost cows; and even grown bushmen, when going along a lonely track after sunset, would hold…