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Rockhampton Yowie

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Rockhampton Bulletin 1876 (December 1)
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Rockhampton Bulletin (Qld.

: 1871-1878), Friday 1 December 1876, page 2, 3
friends

A Wild Man
THE

of the -Woods. supper.
woman

Milburn Creek correspondent of the Sdi/ncy Evening frews, under date follows i nh November, writes as " Who has not heard, from the earliest
:

boil and the prepare engaged, the While young was suddenly startled by observto
as one

billy

ing

a

man,

she naturally imagined, of their own
fire,

at

first-sight,

towards the
discovered

but,

on

party coming walking closer, be
un-

settlement speaking
or some

of
ot

the
some

colony,

the

blacks

unearthly

animal
inhabited inacceshaunts of

inhuman

sible,

creature, that part ,of the wildest, rugged and sequestered mountains

rocky
or

colony,

to

and gorges in the namely the Yahoo-Devil-Devil, the Hairy Man of the Wood, which this day they stand in fiyjrful awe
terror the
of. 1,

appearance to sightly and inhuman, bearing in every with a a big red way the shape of a man with face, hands and legs covered over long shaggy hair-from fright became and spell-bound, almost screamed Thc run. unable to screeched-but
men on

the

;

hearing
fishing

left

their

and with

for

one,
or

sympathise aboriginal unsophis-

superstitions,

sayings,

of those

wild

and

ticated denizens
-

of the

Australian

bush

that their aboriginal

tradition of such

mongrels of monsters have exist-though so rare, and believed in by not as or yet often seen while men. Fourteen days ago, and more than ten miles from here, not towards the head of thc Lachlan River, station Coolamba on (Hemmond's), in and do
now one

unearthly

On their it appearing stood for a minute or two and turned away and made for thc rocks. with armed themselves Two of the men a tomahawk and cudgel and followed
fifty

speed towards ing the fire, the only distant some

unearthly cries, and ran with all their comrade. On reach-1 such
_

lines

monster

of alarm

was

yards.

this for

extraordinary
a

phenomenon

of nature
it

short

distance

up the rocky and

of the

most

secluded of has

choly-looking ceptibly every
this
one a

spots
terror

and imaginable,
awe

melanimper-

that wide

to

creeps over pass through

far

chasm
name on

known gorge or death of the river. While a lad of the
son was

and

of Porter (a the Lachlan) rocky
an

of Porter, sheep,
or

a

settler
a

shepherding
near

flock

of his father's bridge

to

the

dismal
called,

inhuman,

so gorge; as unearthly-looking

being was seen by the lad coming direct towards him from the high, rugged, and précipitions rocks. Thc dogs on ob

suddenly mountain ; when the round and stood viewing approaching. men as they were They also halted, being then about sixty yards from the object of their terror, commanding a full view of his whole shape, big and that of a make, resembling slovenly man. covered The head was with dark grisly hair, the face with shaggy darkish hair, the back and belly, and down the legs covered with hair of a lighter color. The devil-devil, or whatit ever may be called-doubled round, and hurriedly made back towards the fire and women again. On seeing him coming, a fearful commotion amongst the females, and a kind of supernatural rugged
turned In the men took place. terror among the meantime, before reaching the camp, it sided towards the inaccessible
.

-

away who

serving

monster, timid, and became would not attack, crouched around thc lad's legs, who became horror-struck with fear he left the sheep to their fate, and ran, together with his collies, for home. relating On the inhuman sight he had seen, which was not credited by the father and others ; they, at home however, at last mustered
;

such

an

unknown

'

The of two names of witnessed and took part in the scene Porter and Dun, well are known settlers on the Abercrombie and

rocky

mount.

the

men

Lachlan
settler

Rivers.

Mr.

Laner,

another

the Lachlan, was informed all the other day that the neighbours round have organised a party to go in from

him

place and went to the exact courage, described, but could find or see nothing last, of the hairy man. Saturday On

however,
and
women

a

fishing went for
are a

'to

party of young men the Rocky-bridge
sport.

and hunt of the human monster It is not down, dead or alive. weaks ago that I recorded the many remains of a similar animal or creature being found in the Walla Walla Scrub. It is well-known to the old settlers for
search the
last thirty

waterholes waterholes

night's

These

tamed far and near, for lt is cusquality and quantity of fish, tomary for those, bent for good sport the night, and, as a matter On the large fire is made. evening of the memorable day, two hours before sun-down the young men
to

never like come

camp

will years that the blacks within miles of this death-

chasm of the Lachlan,
distances adjoining every year waterholes,

though to
fish,

they
on

the

but

leave

remain

for
a

of course,

miles away. to camp sundown veritable Whether this be the blacks' the white man's Yahoo-devil-devil-or hairy man of the wood, time, it is hoped,
will
now

before

and
their

some

of the women lines, leaving one
to boil

went

to

set

shortly

tell."

of

their

friends

the

billy

and

young prepare

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