Prepared by Keith Basterfield


As at 3 June, 2016


This catalogue has been prepared from a variety of sources; but mainly from the files, Newsletters and Journals of the many civilian Australian UFO organisations which have existed over the years.  Entries have also been sourced from a number of books written on UAP by Australian authors; from copies of the MUFON Journal; the NICAP UFO Investigator and the APRO Bulletin.  In addition, Australian government UAP files, as located in the National Archives of Australia, and via the Freedom of Information Act have been valuable sources of cases.  Other case details have been drawn from a series of audio interviews conducted by Professor James E. McDonald during his 1967 trip to Australia.

It is a subjective listing, selected by the author, and does not constitute a comprehensive listing of cases which are held, being merely a sampling of the Australian data.  There are no doubt other cases which deserve to be in this listing.  On the other hand, some of the events listed here may have conventional explanations of which the author is not aware.  In addition, IFO cases are included, because some of these are still carried as ‘UFOs’ in certain publications, and on the Internet.

The author welcomes corrections and additions to the catalogue and may be contacted via:  A number of the cases in this catalogue have been subject to a “cold case” analysis.  The results of these analyses, may be seen at the Australian blog:


Each case abstract is in the following format (where details are known):

  25 May 1950 Canberra ACT 0325hrs Savage/Hastilow (35:17, 149:13)

  • Date
  • Location of the event, usually the name of the nearest location, followed by the state
    • WA = Western Australia
    • NT = Northern Territory
    • QLD = Queensland
    • NSW = New South Wales
    • VIC = Victoria
    • TAS = Tasmania
    • ACT = Australian Capital Territory
    • SA = South Australia

  • Time of event – Local time; where (0230-0330) hrs means between 0230 and 0300
  • Duration, where mins = minutes secs = seconds
  • Name(s) of reporter(s), where the name is in the public domain, or 1 wit = 1 witness
  • Wherever known, I have provided the latitude (south) and the longitude (east) of the reporter’s location in degrees and minutes
  • Text
  • Source(s)
  • Where the RAAF allocated an explanations this is given in [ ] brackets.

Sources of information for the catalogue


Binder, O. (1968.) Unsolved Mysteries of the Past. New York. Tower.
Chalker, B. (1996.) The Oz Files. Potts Point. Duffy & Snellgrove.
Clark, J. (1992.) The UFO Encyclopedia. Volume 2. Detroit. Omnigraphics.
Delgado, P. & Andrews, C. (1989.) Circular Evidence. London. Bloomsbury.
Edwards, F. (1966.) Flying Saucers: Serious Business. London. Mayflower.
Edwards, F. (1967.) Flying Saucers Here and Now. New York. Sturt.
Hervey, M. (1969.) UFOs Over the Southern Hemisphere. Sydney. Horwitz.
Holledge, J. (1965.) Flying Saucers Over Australia. Sydney. Horowitz.
Stevens, W. & Roberts., A. (1986.) UFO Photographs: Volume 2. Tucson. UFO Photos Archives.
Tambling, R. (1978.) Flying Saucers Where Do They Come From? Sydney. Horwitz.

Note: Almost all of these books are out of print.  However, copies may be found via the internet or second hand bookshops.


Aerial Phenomenon Research Organisation Bulletin (US-ceased publication.)
APIC Bulletin (Ceased publication.)
Australian Flying Saucer Digest (ceased publication.)
Australian Flying Saucer Review (ceased publication.)
Australian Saucer Record (ceased publication.)
Australian UFO Report (ceased publication.)
Australian UFO Review (ceased publication.)
Bulletin of the Australian Co-Ordination Section of the Centre for UFO Studies (ceased publication.)
Flying Saucer Review (U.K.-still active)
International UFO Reporter (US - ceased publication .)
QUFO-Queensland UFO (ceased publication.)
UFOIC Newsletter (ceased publication.)
UFO Research Australia Newsletter (ceased publication.)

Note: Copies of many of these magazines may be found in State Library systems, e.g. the State Library of South Australia has long runs of the “Australian Saucer Record;” “Panorama;” and the ‘AFSRS newsletter’.  They may be viewed in hard copy only at the library.

Additional sources are:

ACUFOS - Australian Centre for UFO Studies (ceased.)
APRO - Aerial Phenomena Research Organisation (USA - ceased.)
CUFOS - Center for UFO Studies (now the J Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies - still active.)
NICAP - National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomena (USA - ceased.)
PUFORG - Perth UFO Research Group (ceased.)
UFORWA - UFO Research WA (ceased.)

The Cases    


12 April 1793 New South Wales

“An extraordinary appearance in the sky was obferved by feveral people between five and six o'clock in the evening of Friday 12th of the month.  It was noticed in the north-weft, and appeared as if a ray of forked lightning had been ftationary in that quarter of the sky for about fifteen minutes, which was the time it was vifible. It was not to be difcerned, however, after the fun had quitted the horizon.”

Source:  Collins, David. 1798.  “An account of the English Colony in New South Wales: with remarks on the Disposition, customs, manners, &c of the Native Inhabitants of that Country.”  T. Cadell, Jun. & W. Davies. London. Page 285.

1828 Mount Wingen, New South Wales

“About six kilometers north of Wingen, an underground coal seam has been burning for possibly 5,000 years...Kisha, who wrote a psychic column for the Australasian Post, recorded a bizarre story of a strange flying object landing at Burning Mountain (or Mount Wingen.)  She attributed the following text to a man called Ted.

“Grandad used to say that it was cigar shaped and had a funny silver colour.  When it landed it set fire to all the vegetation and killed the cattle.  The noise was dreadful and there was a series of loud bangs.  Grandad also spoke of tall strangers appearing in town.  They never said anything but always pointed to the things they wanted. Quite often people just disappeared and dogs and domesticated animals disappeared too. 

“We always thought that grandad's stories were good but he knew they were true and never made light of them.  Kisha did not indicate a date for the events in Ted's grandad's tale, but presumably its vintage would have to be at least contemporary with the first settlers of the Burning Mountain back in 1828.”

Source:  Chalker, Bill. 
Originally retrieved 27 November 2010, citing a “Psychic column” written by “Kisha” in the Australasian Post magazine dated 17 June 1989 citing a man called Ted.

Notes: Original article offline, but can be accessed via mirror page on

25 July 1868 Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales

Birmingham had what he described as a “...wonderful dream, a vision...” during which he saw a number of things in the sky, including the head of the Lord Bishop of Sydney and an “Ark.”  A voice from an unknown source told him “That's a machine to go through the air.”

The ‘machine’ approached and landed on the grass.  There was a ‘spirit’ following the ‘ark,’ described as ‘like the neutral tint shade and the shape of a man in his usual frock dress.’ Birmingham was invited to enter the ‘ark’ which he did.  Inside he found a room with a table.  The ‘spirit’ showed him some papers containing figures and formulas.  Looking down and then back up he found the ‘spirit’ had gone.  “So I fell, I suppose into my usual sleeping state, and waking next morning deeply impressed with that vision of the night.”

Source:  Chalker, Bill 1996.  The Oz files, Duffy & Snellgrove.  Potts Point, NSW. pp23-27.  Citing a 15 page document titled “Copy from the Memorandum Book of Fred Wm Birmingham, the Engineer to the Council of Parramatta.  A Machine to go through the air. A.D. 1873” located by Chalker in 1975.  Its history was traced back through UFO researcher, T.V. Homan; a Mrs N. de Launt (early 1940's) to the family of a Wallace Haywood.  Chalker confirmed that a Frederick William Birmingham did live in Parramatta between 1868 and 1873.

March 1878 Goulburn, New South Wales

“Lately there has been much excitement amongst the superstitious, numbers of whom go off in parties, with guns, to the range above Stewart's Garden, where there is an unfinished stone house.  Here an apparition is said to make its appearance in the form of a light, and to travel, sometimes very slowly, and frequently very quickly, from the river bank just below, up to, and around the house, then varying the performance by a run among the trees.  This is said to be kept up from an early hour in the evening until about three in the morning; all endeavors to get near the light are said to prove futile.”

Source:  Chalker, Bill The Oz files.  Duffy & Snellgrove.  Potts Point, NSW. 1996. p.27.  Citing the Goulburn Herald 16 March 1878.  Cited in Wyatt, Ransome. The History of Goulburn.  Sydney.  Lansdowne Press.  1972. p75.

A check of the book The History of Goulburn by Ransome T Wyatt, published by Lansdowne Press (NSW). Sydney. 1972. (First published in 1941 by The Municipality of Goulburn.) p.75 states:

Goulburn has not many claims to ghosts.  One, in 1878, is said to have appeared in the range above Stewart's garden, where there is an unfinished house (? Leigh's Folly.)  It used to appear early in the evening and flit about until three o'clock in the morning.  Grunsell claimed to have disposed of it with a shot gun.  Another mysterious appearance which was seen in the late afternoon and on one occasion was photographed was that of a ghostly apparition which manifested itself in the Bishop's Throne in St Saviour's Cathedral.

(References cited are Goulburn Herald 13/3/1876; 16/3/1878 and reminiscences of Mrs R Caspers.)

(Pre 5) June 1879 Western Australia

In 1879 Mr S Worsley Clifton, Collector of Customs, at Fremantle Western Australia, forwarded the following account of a 'remarkable meteor' to R J Elleig of the Melbourne Observatory.  Elleig in turn passed it on to the science journal Nature, which published the following account of the apparition:

A small black cloud on a clear day appeared in the east, traveling not very swiftly towards the north-west.  It burst into a ball of fire with an apparent disc the size of a full moon, blood red in colour.  It left a train of black or dark-coloured vapour across the heavens which was visible for three-quarters of an hour.  No sound was heard, sky perfectly clear, and the thermometer 100 degrees fahrenheit, in the shade.

Source:  Chalker, Bill  The Oz Files. Duffy & Snellgrove.  Potts Point, NSW. 1996. p.27.  Citing  “A remarkable meteor” Nature Volume 20. 121, 5 June 1879.  Also cited in Fort, Charles, “The Complete books of Charles Fort.”  New York. Dover. 1974. p 235.

1893 Central New South Wales

An anecdote handed down within a farming family told of an extraordinary UFO story that was alleged to have happened in 1893 in Central New South Wales.  A farmer claimed that a saucer-shaped object landed in a paddock on his property.  As he approached the object, a man in strange clothing emerged from it.  The farmer walked towards the being. The stranger shone some kind of beam at him, whereby the farmer was thrown to the ground, stunned.  His hand where the beam had hit him was paralysed for life.

Source: 1.  UFO Investigation Centre-Sydney (UFOIC).
 2. Australian 14-16 May 1969.

Notes:  Details similar to the 1919 Central NSW case and the 1913 Nuriootpa, SA case.

20 November 1902 Adelaide, South Australia

Sir Charles Todd stated that on Thursday morning, at 9.27 o’clock, a remarkable phenomenon was witnessed in the heavens by Messrs Griffiths (the Assistant Astronomer), Chettle and Dodwell of the Adelaide Observatory.  The two last named were taking weather observations when they noticed a brilliant globular light having a planetary disc.  It appeared in the south-south-east at an altitude of about 45 deg.  It moved slowly northwards, passing within 15 or 20 degrees of the sun, and was brightly visible till 9.31 - four minutes in all.

Mr Griffiths, who observed it for a minute, says it moved over about 20 deg. of an arc in that time.  The object appeared like Venus does when it is at its greatest brilliancy, soon after sunset.

Mr Griffiths lost sight of the meteoric object at an altitude of 45 deg. above the horizon.  It therefore traveled at least 90 deg. and was lost sight of in the great glare of the sky.

Messrs Chettle and Dodwell state that when it was near to the prime vertical it became elongated, and took an elliptical form, the long axis lying south to north.

Source:  The Register (Adelaide, SA:1901-1929), Friday 21 November 1902.  Page 4.

5 August 1909 Goulburn, New South Wales

The first Australian reports of 1909 apparently came from Goulburn, New South Wales, on 5 August when three or four residents of north Goulburn reported seeing a bright, moving blue light in the sky...The reports at Goulburn continued for the next five nights.  The mystery light was described as big as 'a motor car lamp.'

On 7 August four young men at the brick kilns near the north Goulburn railway station saw the light.  'It was pale blue in colour.  The brightness of the light attracted the youths' attention.  Only the light was seen, there being nothing to show the presence of a supporting body.'  On 8 August 'the light made its appearance from the south traveling once again towards Governor's hill, inclining towards the east and returning back to the south.

Source:  Chalker, Bill The Oz Files. Duffy & Snellgrove. Potts Point, NSW. 1996. p.30-31 citing Sydney Morning Herald 10 Aug 1909.  Daily Telegraph 11 Aug 1909.  Also cited in Bill Chalker, “The Wave of 1909” in Clark, Jerome  “The Emergence of a Phenomenon.”  The UFO Encyclopedia Volume 2. Detroit, MI. Omnigraphics. 1992. pp333-336.

13 August 1909 Glen Innes, New South Wales

Several responsible residents described an object like a balloon moving in a northerly direction.  A night glass was obtained and the object was found to be shaped like an inverted top. The lower portion was lighted, and as the body revolved a light like a small flashlight kept turning on the land beneath.  The upper portion was in darkness and the object kept drifting in a northerly direction.

Source:  Chalker, Bill The Oz Files. Duffy & Snellgrove. Potts Point, NSW. 1996. p.31.

August 1910 Adelaide, South Australia

Captain Nelson of the coastal steamer Wookata, the second Engineer M Arnold and Helmsman G Rudd are at a complete loss to explain the meaning of curious lights which they witnessed when the vessel was passing Althorpe Island on her way to Port Adelaide early the other morning.  'Bright lights as distinct as masthead lights of a steamer but high up in the air,' were observed by the trio, and a strange thing was that they circled around the Wookata in a tantilising way.  “It was about 8 o'clock,” says Captain Nelson today, “that the man at the wheel remarked, “Do you see these lights flying about?” I replied, “Yes there are a great many more lights about than I have ever seen here.”  Just then I saw a mysterious light off Cape Spencer, which disappeared as suddenly as it came into view.

Presently the helmsman said “It is strange, but I have never seen lights on the port bow, then right ahead, then on the starboard side.”

“I stepped inside the wheelhouse, and on coming out again saw two lights just over the starboard side bow no distance away, but high up.  They seemed to pass us. They were as bright as our masthead lights, and as far as I could judge they were from 200 to 300 yards distant. The lights appeared to be 10 yards apart, one a little above the other. I could not make it out.  I said to the man at the wheel: “Did you see them?”  He answered, “Yes they are like a German airship flying about.” I did not know what to think.  I feel sure I saw something unusual -something which in my 45 years experience of the sea I have never observed before.”  The second Engineer Arnold also declared that he the saw strange lights

Source:  Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW: 1889-1915) Tue 9 Aug 1910 page 7.

25 October 1910 Minderoo Station, near Onslow, Western Australia

“At 5.30pm on October 25, when at the Minderoo homestead, my attention was directed by a native to a big object in the air several miles away.  The object was traveling from us in an easterly direction.  It looked compact like a dirigible balloon, but appeared to be square, more like an aeroplane.  The sun shone on it, and flashes came from it as though reflected from something revolving, or off metal work.  The color of the object was dark brown or black.  It was too far away to distinguish its exact nature and size, or whether any persons were in it.  There was no mirage at the time, and not on any account could such an object be taken for a bird.  Mrs Roe stated that she is positive it was an airship of some kind...A couple of white men, station hands, and a civilized native, also saw the aerial object from the shearing shed, which is a mile from the homestead...“

Source:  Barrier Miner (Broken Hill) newspaper, 7 December 1910 page 7.)

Note:  Some sources cite the date as 1909 not 1910.

1911 Gumeracha, South Australia

As a young lad in 1911 a man had been working on his father’s farm, milking cows.  While carrying two buckets of milk, he felt a pain in his head and placing the buckets down, he observed, in front of him some distance away, a disc shaped object.  It was about 10 feet across and was silver and glowing like the Moon.  He watched it for about 15 seconds, then it rose into the air and disappeared at a very fast rate into the horizon.

Source:  UFOPIA’s “Panorama” magazine Volume 3 Number 5 page 18, Jul-Aug 1964.

1919 Central New South Wales

While traveling down a country road, a man came across an artifact resting near the roadside.  He saw that a 'man' was apparently working on it, and went over to offer assistance.  The stranger turned as if surprised and pointed something at the witness, who was knocked senseless.  When he came to, the object and the man had gone.  He found that his memory was never the same again.

Source:  Bulletin of the Australian Co-Ordination Section for the Center for UFO Studies (ACOSB). No 9. p11.

1920 Bass Strait

The Navy submarine depot ship, the Platypus, was involved in the search for a missing schooner, the Amelia J., in Bass Strait.  Mystery lights, thought at the time to be “evidently rockets,” were observed.  Two aircraft left the flying training school and aircraft depot at Point Cook to join in the investigation.  One was piloted by a Major Anderson and the other by Captain W. J. Stutt - an instructor for the NSW Government Aviation school at Richmond... Stutt and his mechanic, Sergeant Dalzell, were last seen by Major Anderson flying into a large cloud.  Their plane and the schooner were never found.

Source:  Chalker, C. 1996. UFOs Sub Rosa Down Under: The Australian Military & Government role in the UFO controversy.

Spring 1921 Prospect, Adelaide, South Australia

One evening, a man named Felix Jones saw a circular-like saucer.  It was 12-15 feet across, and 3 feet deep.  It was a lightish colour but reflecting green from within it.  It had neither wings nor propeller, but did have rectangular windows.  It was seen in the north-north-west, stationary from three minutes.  It then moved off to the west, slowly, then quickly.  When it moved it glowed at the back.

Source:  Australian Saucer Record volume 2 number 4 1956 page 7.  The item stated that the report was received 15 Oct 1956.

1925 Moora, Western Australia CE2 Green (30:38, 116:00)

Two young men came across an object resting in a paddock.  It was described as two saucers on edge, with oval shaped 'windows' and four 'legs.'  The men beat a hasty retreat and didn't return for several days.  When they did, they reportedly found the earth scuffed about.

Source: ACOSB. No 9. p12.

1927 Fernvale, New South Wales (28:20, 153:20)

Two boys observed a large, brightly lit object pass over; turn slightly, apparently following the contours of the valley, and come to rest on a hill.  Neighbours also witnessed the landing.  The object glowed for some time on the ground.  Eventually there was darkness.  With daylight, investigations by the boys and the neighbours confirmed the presence of a complete circle of "scorched grass," about nine metres in diameter.  The site was apparent as a brown area amongst the green grass.

Source:  Personal investigation by Bill Chalker.  See his accounts in "The Terror Down Under",  FATE,  Sept 1988 and pp 337-338 in "UFOs in Australia and New Zealand through 1959," in The UFO Encyclopedia, Vol.2, "The Emergence of a Phenomenon: UFOs from the beginning through 1959" by Jerome Clark (1992.)

1930 Warrnambool, Victoria

In 1930, an Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) officer, Squadron Leader George Jones, was sent to Warnambool, Victoria to investigate reports of mystery aircraft flying over the coast.  No explanation was found in this first official RAAF UFO investigation.  Further “mystery aircraft” reports were made in the near Pacific and Papua New Guinea in 1930, and in 1931 the RAAF was denying any of her planes were the explanation for “mystery planes” reported widely in Tasmania.

Source:  Chalker, C. 1996. UFOs Sub Rosa Down Under: The Australian Military & Government role in the UFO controversy. Page 8. Retrieved 24 January 2011 from

Ca. 1930 Mandurah, WA (31:57, 115:51)

A sixty seven year old woman recounted how at age fifteen she had seen a sixty centimetre tall, pink creature.  It had large ears, a slit mouth, big bulbous eyes and small hands. It was bald and shiny. She said her father wrapped the creature in a net and put it outside.

Source: Perth UFO Research Group (PUFORG).


In about 1989 John's father-in-law, an Aboriginal man, told him that when he was a young man in the 1930s, camping with his tribe before the white man took them off their land, they saw a green light spinning around in the sky.  It landed behind trees.  Lots of little men shining with green light came.  They walked around the tribe, looking at them, and then walked back to the UFO, which took off.

Source:  Chalker, Bill  The Oz Files. Duffy & Snellgrove. Potts Point, NSW. 1996. p.22.

Notes:  The John mentioned is researcher John Kernott.

10 June 1931 Tasman Sea

Aviator Francis Chichester was undertaking the first solo flight between New Zealand and Australia when:

Suddenly, ahead and to the left, there were bright flashes in several places, like the dazzle of a heliograph.  I saw a dull grey-white airship coming towards me.  It seemed impossible, but I could have sworn it was an airship, nosing towards me like an oblong pearl.  Except for a cloud or two there was nothing else in the sky.  I looked around, sometimes catching a flash or a glint, and turning again to look at the airship.  I found it had disappeared. I screwed up my eyes, unable to believe what I was seeing, and twisted the seaplane this way and that, thinking that the airship must be hidden by a blind spot.  Dazzling flashes continued in four or five different places, but I could not pick out any planes. Then, out of some clouds, I saw another or the same airship advancing.  I watched it intently, determined not to look away for a fraction of a second.  I'd see what happened to this one, if I had to chase it.  It drew steadily closer, until perhaps a mile away, when suddenly it vanished.  Then it reappeared, close to where it had vanished. I watched with angry intentness.  It drew closer, and I could see the dull gleam of light on its nose and back.  It came on, but instead of increasing in size, it diminished as it approached.  When quite near, it suddenly became its own ghost – one second I could see through it, and the next it had vanished.  I decided it could only be a diminutive cloud perfectly shaped like an airship and then dissolving, but it was uncanny that it should exactly resume the same shape after it once vanished.  I turned towards the flashes, but those too had vanished.  All of this was many years before anyone spoke of flying saucers.  Whatever it was I saw, it seems to have been very much like what people have since claimed to be flying saucers.

Source:  Chichester, Francis. 1967.  The Lonely Sea and the Sky. London. Pan. p185.

Ca. Mar/Apr 1932 or 33 Nambour, QLD (26:38, 152:58)

A boy reported seeing a small UFO within a metre’s range, and afterwards that a whitish mist had appeared between him and the object.  He felt a ‘tight feeling in the head’ and felt stunned.  That night the boy developed large, white blisters on both hands and felt ‘out of sorts.’  The blisters burst during the night and the following day, secreting a clear watery fluid.  The boy then felt better.

Source:  Letter to "Contact" UFO Research Queensland (UFORQLD). No 53. Sep/Oct 1974.

1933 Discovery Well, northern edge of the Great Sandy Desert,
          Western Australia.

In Gilroy’s account, the Aboriginal woman claimed her tribe had been frightened off from Discovery Well when a ‘large shiny egg’ suddenly came down out of the sky.  In broad daylight the strange object flew low over them.  Several beings, described as strange, grey-skinned and man-like came out of the ‘egg.’  The woman said she was stunned by one of the beings and then carried aboard.  Inside the ‘egg’ the interior was glowing.  She was strapped to a shining table and apparently ‘experimented with.’

Source:  Gilroy, Rex. 1995. Mysterious Australia. Mapelton. Nexus Publishing. p20.  Cited in Chalker, Bill  The Oz Files. Duffy & Snellgrove.  Potts Point, NSW. 1996. p.20.

10 Oct 1935 Newcastle, NSW 2200hrs Terry (32:56, 151:46)

Mr P Terry was out fishing when he saw a mushroom shaped object hovering some distance away.  He used a Kodak Brownie Box camera to take a snapshot.  After ten minutes the object left at speed.  The photo showed a circular object.

Source: “UFOIC Newsletter” No 21, Dec 1968

26 February 1942 Timor Sea, north of Australia 1200hrs Methorst

This happened while on watch for enemy aircraft just after noon.  I was scanning the skies with binoculars when suddenly I saw a large aluminum disc approaching at terrific speed at 4,000 or 5,000 feet above us.  This proceeded to circle high above our ship, the cruiser “Tromp” of the Royal Netherlands Navy. After reporting it to the officer on duty, he was unable to identify it as any known aircraft.  After keeping track of this object for about three to four hours still flying in big circles and at the same height, it suddenly veered off in a tremendous speed (about 3,000 to 3,500mph) and disappeared from sight. 

Source: National Archives of Australia file series A703, control symbol 580/1/1 part 1 pages 87-88.  Letter from Peter Norris to DOD.  A search in 2011 to locate additional information about this case through either Methorst himself, or living relatives was unsuccessful.  There is also doubt that the Tromp was in fact in the Timor Sea at the time

October 1942 Devils Marbles, Northern Territory

A photograph on the wall of the roadhouse – given to Farkas by Alice Springs plumber Phil Martin – shows Australian soldiers posing at nearby Devils Marbles in October 1942, with a small silver craft hovering nearby, clearly in shot.  Farkas is Lew Farkas, owner of the Big4Holiday Park, Wycliffe Well, Northern Territory.

Source;  Miller, Julie and Osborn, Grant. 2010. Something is Out There: Unlocking Australia's Paranormal Secrets. Arena.  Crows Nest, NSW. ISBN 978-1-74237-132-0. page 146.

February 1944 Bass Strait Royal

Mr T. R. H. Royal was piloting a Beaufort bomber over Bass Strait when a dark "shadow" appeared alongside and kept pace for eighteen to twenty minutes.  The object seemed to have a flickering light, and belched flames from its rear end.  It maintained a distance of thirty to fifty meters from the aircraft before accelerating away.  During the event all radio and direction finding equipment is said to have malfunctioned.

Source: The Australian Saucer Record. (ASR) 1957. 3(1):16.)  A search of NAA files suggests Royal was not a pilot at the time the incident is said to have occurred, which casts doubt on the account.  In addition no contemporary account has ever been located.

5 February 1947 Locke, South Australia (0700-0800hrs) 2 wits Flavel

I saw objects in the sky between 7 and 8 o’clock the same day as you record a report from Port Augusta.  I was walking in a north-westerly direction to the house after feeding the pigs.  There were five of the strange objects and they seemed to be coming up out of the sea like a shadow with smoky grayish color around them.  They were oblong with narrow points.  I saw them quite plainly.  They seemed to be floating in the air from north-west to south-east and caused a shadow.”  I called the wife to have a look at them and she did so.  It was a sight.  I wish I had watched them longer as others had seen them and Port Augusta men did so an hour later.  I have never seen anything like this before, and after reading what others saw I thought I would let you know that my wife and I both saw these objects.”

Source:  Letter to the editor in the Adelaide Advertiser of 17 February 1947,  page 2 from Mr Flavel.

5 Feb 1947 Port Augusta, South Australia 0900hrs 3M incl Ellis

While working in the yard at the Commonwealth Railways workshop Mr Ron Ellis and two workmates claim to have seen five strange objects in formation pass across the sky from north to south.  The objects were white or light pink and shaped like an egg.  Mr Ellis said that he could not give an accurate estimate of the size of the objects, but they were casting shadows and judging by his experience with aircraft in the RAAF during the war he considered they were about the size of a locomotive.  Although the objects kept on a direct course at a height of about 6000 feet they appeared to be quivering he said. Owing to their great speed they were out of sight within a few seconds.  Any question of the phenomenon being an optical illusion was dispelled by the fact that a few minutes later both Mr Ellis and his companion gave an identical description of what they had seen.  Their description was verified by another member of the workshop who said he had also seen the objects.

Source: Adelaide Advertiser newspaper.  Friday 7 February 1947.  Front page.  Copy originally provided by Darryl Tiggeman of Adelaide.  Original viewed in the State Library, Adelaide on 27 January 2011.

May 1947 Gogeldrie, NSW

‘In May last during the rice harvest, Mr H Nettlebeck was out in the fields when he heard a swishing noise as if a mob of ducks were flying overhead.  On looking up he saw five metal bodies flying in ‘V’ formation with the sun glistening on them.  They appeared to be about 2000 feet up and each looked to be about the size of a large duck.  He estimated the speed at about 1000 miles per hour.  Mr Nettlebeck states the whole thing appeared too fantastic at the time for him to report the sight, but on reading in the City Press yesterday of the ‘flying saucers’ or radar controlled missiles he sees a similarity.  Mr Nettlebeck would like to know if any other settlers saw the five metal parts whizz through the sky in May last.’

Source: The Murrimbidgee Irrigator (Leeton NSW 1915-1954) Tuesday 8 July 1947 page 2.

Winter 1947 Maffra, VIC CE2 (37:58, 146:59)

Driving home with her son, a woman almost collided with a "dazzling golden ball" hovering just above the road.  The woman could not stop the car and found it buffeted by wind.  At the point of impact the ball seemed to roll to one side over a high embankment and disappeared behind tall maize.  The wind then ceased.

Source:  Bill Chalker.

1948 Berriedale, TAS CE3 Duffy

A Mrs Duffy and her sister were putting out the dog when they became aware of a very bright light.  As it moved away they could see "little green men: sitting on a ledge on the side.  The men were singing in what appeared to be unintelligible words to the tune of "Three blind mice."  The disc shaped object was visible for a few moments, then moved off to the west.

Source:  Tasmanian UFO Investigation Centre. (TUFOIC).

Oct 1949 Townsville, QLD Baxter/Campbell (19:16, 146:49)

While out fishing, a thirty metre long cigar-like object was seen by two men.  They described it as only twenty five metres above the sea, some five hundred metres away.  It left almost instantaneously. 

Source:  Chalker, B. (1996.)  The Oz Files.(OF) Potts Point. Duffy & Snellgrove.  p 49.

Ca 1950 Bostobrick, NSW (30:16, 152:37)

A 'fairy ring' six to seven point five metres across, appeared on a small hill east of Bostobrick at the time of UFO sightings in the area.  The grass was dead inside the circle even though the field had been ploughed many times since. The ring was still visible in 1974.

Source: Bill Chalker.

25 May 1950 Canberra, ACT 0325hrs Savage/Hastilow (35:17, 149:13)

TAA pilot Gordon Savage and First Officer F.E. Hastilow sighted a very powerful bright, white light to the east of their aircraft.  At fifteen second intervals it changed to red.  Savage climbed the plane to sixteen hundred metres for a better look.  Mascot tower had no other sircraft in the area, but also saw the light.  Savage later believed they had been observing the planet Venus but Hastilow disagreed. 

Source: 1.  Mail, Adelaide 27 May 1950 p3.
 2.  Australasian Post 31 Dec 1953. p10.
 3.  Cairns Post 27 May 1950 p1.

1951 Halidon, SA (34:52, 140:11)

A Mrs A was out rounding up cattle when she came across a landed object resting on legs.  Three male figures emerged and floated to the ground. They were of normal human appearance, wearing silver suits, silver boots and a hood over their heads.  She was taken willingly into the object, into a room where there were, what today, would be called computer consoles.  The beings communicated with her verbally and told her things about herself they should not have known.  She was then returned to the ground. 

Source: Personal investigation K. Basterfield 1995.

Feb 1951 Central Australia

Members of the Unmatjera tribe of Aborigines reported seeing two shiny circular objects on the ground, some nine to fifteen metres across.  A very small man-like creature wearing a shiny suit with bulbous head is said to have transferred from one object to the other.  Both objects then took off making a buzzing sound.

Source:  Edwards, F. (1966).  Flying Saucers Serious Business. (FSSB) London. Mayflower. p169.

7 Feb 1951 East Sale, Vic 2330hrs 2.5mins 1M McKenzie IFO

Flt Lt McKenzie was returning from a night exercise when he noted a brilliant light on a bearing of 050 deg (T) from East Sale airfield, and on the coast.  "The pilot is of the opinion that the light was a flare on the ground, or at a very low altitude."  After burning for 2.5 mins there was a strong glow left.  An NCO on tarmac duty also reported seeing an unusual glow in that area. 

Source: NAA file series B5758 control symbol 5/6/Air part 1 p168 of digital version.

Ca. Jul 1952 Near Sydney, NSW 2300hrs Jackson (38:53, 151:13)

Captain Bob Jackson of ANA, with more than eight thousand flying hours, was flying near Worinora Dam when he suddenly saw a flash of light.  He watched an object with an orange tail flash past towards the coast.  Air Traffic Control did not have any radar contact with the object.  About two minutes later the object re-appeared, circled the aircraft, then vanished towards the coast.

Source:  Barrier Miner, Broken Hill 5 Jan 1954 p1.

14 Aug 1952 Rockhampton, Qld 1200hrs 5mins 1M Scott

Note on file from W Scott, Chief test Pilot, GAF.  "Flight Townsville-Amberley at height of 35000-36000 feet, in Vampire, near Rockhampton when looking east toward coast saw large circular light at a lower height which could not be estimated due to bad ground haze, colour of ordinary incandescent light globe.  After observing for approximately 1 minute a number of small lights (6-10) appear to come from main light.  The smaller lights appear to surround big light for about 2 min. then disappeared.  After a further 2 min. the big light also disappeared."

Source: NAA file series B5758 control symbol 5/6/Air part 1 p.108 of digital version.

30 Dec 1952 Terrigal, NSW 1200hrs 1 min 20 secs 2 wits Tomkins

RAAF Wing Commander Tomkins and his wife saw an extremely brilliant carbon-arc bright object to the East about 7.5 degrees elevation in a very slow level flight to the left or North for about 1 minutes over an 8 degree arc, at 2000 feet height and two miles away.  The object turned East and departed away from the observers at high speed, disappearing in about 20 seconds.

Source:  “Comprehensive catalog of 1600 Project Blue Book UFO unknowns” Version 1.16 2 Oct 2009, Brad Sparks.

Late 1952 Slacks Creek, Qld 1000hrs 30 secs 1wit Jameson

Jameson reported seeing three ‘metallic type’ objects crossing the sky.  As they travelled along they weaved in and out of each other’s’ path.  He thought they were hundreds of metres above the ground.  He heard a ‘whooshing’ sound coming from them.  They were travelling faster than a light aircraft.  They were oblong rather than circular in shape.  In size, they were larger than a bird, and smaller than a light aircraft.  They reflected the sun as if they were of an aluminium colour. They were smooth, and showed no structure.

Source:  Interview between Jameson and James E. McDonald, 9 July 1967.

1953 Wilcannia, NSW Day Gregory/Power (31:32, 143:25)

John Gregory and Kevin Power noted a "saucer" about sixteen metres up in the air.  "It was about six metres in diameter, and its hull seemed to consist of a metal that looked like that 'satin finish' stainless steel that sinks are made of," said John.  Kevin Power took a photograph of it, and then the object streaked away and was lost to sight in three seconds.  Power wrote to the RAAF who sent an officer to investigate the sighting.  This officer allegedly confiscated the picture leaving Power with one print.  Power has been unable to locate this print. 

Source:  "Australian Flying Saucer Review" Vol 5 Jul 1966, taken from the Barrier Truth Broken Hill 9 Jun 1966.  No contemporary newspaper account is known.

Ca 20 Jan 1953 Graceville, QLD Schnitzerling (27:28, 153:01)

Two men reported being followed by a bright light, a metre in diameter, which was accompanied by a smaller dullish red one.  As their truck approached the light, the light shot up into the air, circled, then followed them.  When the men stopped, the object landed sixty sixty metres away.  They left the area.  The object went about five miles away, then came by their truck and followed them for two miles then turned off.

Source: Townsville Daily Bulletin 21 Jan 1953 p1.

4 Apr 1953 Numurkah, VIC Day (36:06, 145:26)

A man was shooting pictures of a wedding when he noticed a strange conical shaped object moving rapidly high in the sky.  He snapped quite a clear picture of it. F 8 and t = 1/250 second.

Source: Holledge, J. (1965.)  Flying Saucers Over Australia  (FSOA.) Sydney. Horowitz. p46.

10 May 1953 Mackay, QLD Evening Jones (21:09, 149:11)

“On the evening of the 10th, while setting course for Mackay, I wish to report that I witnessed a phenomenon.  Whilst climbing out of Mackay, on a heading of 114 magnetic, at an altitude of 2,000 feet, I observed due east of us, a light of the size and comparative intensity of the star Sirius and the same colour right above the horizon.

“This light levelled off at approximately 4,000ft. and headed in a northerly direction and then back to the northwest.  This light climbed at an angle of approximately 70 degrees to a height of approximately 8,000ft, described a large orbit and passed over us heading north approximately 1,000ft above us.  At this time we were heading south at a height of 5,000ft.  The time was 1811hrs EST (6:11pm AEST).  We had this light in view continuously for 5 minutes.  Both myself and the second pilot and the Tower operator saw this light. The sun had been set for some minutes.  There was a strong red glow in the west and the horizon to the east was still discernible.  As soon as it levelled out heading north when I first saw it, the intensity decreased to that of a faint star.  There were no abrupt changes of course and altitude apart from the climb. The speed varied from initially 200mph to 700mph.”

Source:  Chalker, B. “The Australian Military and the Official Government Response.”  Chapter 17 of Swords, M; Powell, R. et al 2012. UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry.  Anomalist Books. San Antonio. Pp. 416-417.  Citing Captain Jones report to Dr Shaw of the Department of Civil Aviation as located by Chalker in DCA UFO files.

The control tower at Mackay confirmed that there were no other aircraft in the vicinity.  Mr W. Overell, the officer in charge at the tower, said he saw the light apparently climbing from about 4,000 or 5,000 feet in the west, at a terrific rate, until it vanished.  Captain Jones, who still had the light under sight at that point, said that it crossed his path again, near Freshwater Point southeast of Mackay.  When Dr Shaw of the DCA visited Captain Jones in Brisbane, he obtained an official report of the Mackay incident.  Other DCA officials in Brisbane confirmed that they knew of no other aircraft that might have been in the Mackay area at the time of Captain Jones’ eventful flight.  Frank Hines, a radio operator saw a similar light at 3 o’clock in the morning following Captain Jones’ observation.  It was first sighted over the sea.  When Mr Hines switched off the lights of the radio room in order to see better, the light shot straight upwards at terrific speed and vanished.”

Source:  Chalker, B. “The Australian Military and the Official Government Response.” Chapter 17 of Swords, M; Powell, R. et al 2012.  UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry.  Anomalist Books. San Antonio.  P.378  Citing  “DCA file series 21/1/387 part 1".

23 Aug 1953 Port Moresby, PNG 1100hrs Drury (09:00,147:00)

Mr T. Drury, the then Deputy Director of the DCA for Papua New Guinea, was in Port Moresby.  In the cloudless south-western sky he noticed what seemed to be "cloud building up" which grew in intensity for several minutes.  Suddenly, an object appeared from one side of this cloud and climbed fast in a north-west direction.  In size Drury said it seemed "slightly bigger than a pin head." The soundless object left a clearly defined vapour trail.  It "finally disappeared with a rapid gain of altitude." Drury had a movie camera with him and filmed using a telephoto lens.  The film was examined both in Australia by the RAAF and in the USA.

Source: 1.  National Archives of Australia file series A 705 control symbol 114/1/197 p201-208.
 2.  NAA file MP1279/1 control symbol 99/1/478.
 3.  The Mail, Adelaide 23 Jan 1954 p1.

15 Oct 1953 Essendon, VIC 0440hrs 2mins 1M Taylor (33.4deg S 135.4deg E) IFO

Captain P T L Taylor, Ansett Airlines flying at 8000 feet at 182kts (14 Oct 53 1910Z) reported seeing a moving white light from dead ahead to port, and lost at az. 090 deg.  The white light was travelling in a straight path and visible between himself and cloud.  There was a TAA aircraft in the area and a DCA conference established the sighting was of the tail light of a TAA aircraft. 

Source: NAA file series B5758 control symbol 5/6/Air part 1 pp165-166 of digital copy.

1954 Australia

A movie sequence of a UFO was reportedly filmed on Easter Sunday by an unidentified witness.

Source: Stevens, W. & Roberts, A. (1986.) UFO photos 2  Tucson. UFO Photos Archives. p238.

Ca. 1954 Bankstown, NSW (33:53, 151:13)

Two people were working late at the airport, just after dark, when they observed what appeared to be a flying saucer hovering over the control tower.  There were "portholes" around it and shapes inside that seemed to be moving around.  There was a humming sound.  It appeared to change colours then shot up into the air at great speed.

Source: UFO Research New South Wales. (UFORNSW).

Jan 1954 Mount Gillen, Alice Springs, NT Hoax? (23:42, 133:52)

An anonymous photographer reported seeing an enormous round object which appeared from behind Mount Gillen.  It went high, then dropped low.  One black and white photograph was taken which shows a circular object, with another circle in its centre.  Six "spokes" radiate from the inner to outer circles. 

Source:  Centralian Advocate, Alice Springs, Friday 5 Feb 1954 pages 1-2.
Various sources cite the date as 15 Jan, however this appears incorrect.  A re-examination of the original newspaper material casts doubt on the case.

Ca. Late Mar/early Apr 1954 50mls S of Alice Springs, NT (23:42, 133:52)

A local man, riding his horse, reported seeing “...a ball shaped thing with a tail coming from the opposite direction which flew straight towards him, but suddenly swerved and lifted sharply.”  A “heavy wind” was noted as the object went up. Others reported seeing the object, stating it was of a “glassy appearance, was travelling very fast and four trails of smoke came from each side. A report was heard when the machine lifted into the sky from its low altitude.  When this occurred ...a large cloud of smoke was seen to appear...”

Source:  Centralian Advocate Fri 2 Apr 1954 p1.

April (Easter) 1954 Eucla, WA Day (31:41,128:52)

Three young men travelling by car, related that they were followed by a saucer shaped object for some eighty kilometres.  At times it was low enough that they were able to see portholes.  Five cameras were used to take some ninety two exposures of the object.  The men reported their observations to police, and they were interviewed by the RAAF, who flew in by helicopter, and who allegedly took away the cameras.  Later the cameras were returned minus the films.

Source: ASR Vol 5 No 3 1959 p13.  A re-examination of the full ASR details in 2011, cast doubt on many details of the account.

26 May 1954 Elizabeth Town, TAS 1530hrs (41:28, 146:34)

Two coach drivers saw a mysterious object which seemed to come from ground level and travel directly upwards at speed.  It passed through clouds and open sky and left a white vapour trail.  It was out of sight in a few seconds.  It was travelling too fast to see clearly, and just appeared a dark object.

Source: Hobart Mercury 31 May 1954 p2.

30 May 1954 East Malvern, VIC 0025hrs (5-10secs) 6 wits incl
       Muir, Reese, McInerney (37:49, 144:58)

A group of five men, and a woman were on the doorstep of a house when an oval shaped object appeared in the sky at what seemed to be close range, just above trees.  It travelled in a downward curve initially, then pulled out of the curve going upwards.  Finally it disappeared like a light being switched off.  A cloud of yellow/scarlet smoke was noted from its rear.  Five of the people said they thought they had seen shadows inside the object, through "portholes."

Source:  1.  Melbourne Argus 31 May 1954 p7.
 2.  Melbourne Sun 31 May 1954.

Two of the witnesses were interviewed by the RAAF and three gave statements to the RAAF.  These tell a slightly different story, in that they say that the object appeared 10 degrees above the eastern horizon, and was an orange glow surrounded by a halo.  There was no apparent change in bearing or elevation, i.e. the object appeared stationary or described a slight arc.  It disappeared in mid air.  Duration 5-10 seconds.  There is no mention of shadows or portholes in these RAAF statements.  There is a mention of a sound, but they said this could have been a motor cycle.

Source: NAA file series B5758 control symbol 5/6/1 Air part 1 pages 83-90 and 97.

5 Jun 1954 Dandenong, VIC CE2 1820hrs Brown (37:49, 144:58)

A sixteen year girl and her friend said they were terrified as an object hovered twenty metres from them.  It was cylindrical in shape, about ten metres long by five high, with a window on top and at each end.  It issued a bluish/silver-grey light, and hovered in mid-air.  A loud drumming noise had been noted at first.  It was reported that Miss Brown's watch had stopped at 6.23 p.m.; that the battery of her torch was drained and that her hand bag and belt clasps were magnetised, as was an iron fence over which the object hovered.  A Victorian geologist indicated that the fence was no more magnetised than a control fence some distance away.

Source: 1.  NAA file series A705 control symbol 114/1/197 pages 130-134.
 2.  NAA file series B5758 control symbol 5/6/1 Air part 1 p92.
 3.  Melbourne Argus 9 Jun, 16 Jun, 26 Jun 1954.
 4.  Melbourne Herald 31 Jul 1954.

11 Jul 1954 Lubek, VIC 2135hrs (1135z) 1 min 1M Roberts

Captain Roberts was flying a C47 aircraft at 10000 feet from Adelaide to Melbourne.  He sighted a bright red object, ahead, slightly to port, at 10000 feet or above.  After one minute it disappeared to north of track.  No other aircraft were in the area.  Visibility was good.

Source: NAA file series B5758 control symbol 5/6/Air part 1 p.79 of digital version.

3 Aug 1954 Central Australia

Three ufos were reportedly photographed over Central Australia by an unidentified photographer.

Source:  UFO photos Vol 2 p233.

31 Aug 1954 Near Goulburn, NSW Ca. 1910hrs 1M O’Farrell

Lt J A O’Farrell was flying a Sea Fury aircraft at about 13,000 feet at a speed of 220 knots, on a night flying course from and back to Royal Australian Navy Air Station Nowra, NSW.  He noted “...a very bright light closing fast from ‘one o’clock.’  This bright light crossed ahead of me and continued to a position on my port beam where it appeared to orbit.  At the same time I noted a second and similar light at ‘nine o’clock’, which made a pass about a mile ahead of me and then turned in the position where the first light was sighted.  I contacted Nowra and asked if they had me on radar, hoping they would confirm that other aircraft were in the vicinity.  They replied that they had 3 echoes and advised me to turn 180 degrees (course), to be identified if I required a homing.  At this stage the two bright lights reformed at ‘nine o’clock’, from me and disappeared on a North Easterly heading.  I saw no other lights and was only able to make out a vague shape with the white light situated centrally on top.  Their crossing speed was the fastest that I have ever experienced...”

The naval radar operator, named Jessop, stated that at 1907hrs O’Farrell contacted him at Nowra. The operator noted two paints on the display at 280 degrees 32 miles. After about 15 seconds another paint appeared in the same vicinity. One appeared to be approaching Nora, the others travelling in a north-easterly direction. Nowra suggested O’Farrell turn 180 degrees if he needed a bearing but O’Farrell said no. Norwa did not continue to track the radar paints.

It was a clear starlit night with no moon. There were no other Naval or RAAF aircraft in the area, but there was a commercial TAA Convair at 14,000 feet on a northerly course.

Source: 1.  NAA file series MP926/1 control symbol 3079/101.
 2.  NAA file series SP338/3 control symbol 13/4/10.

More witnesses were reported to have been located. “A man who was working on the non-directional beacon at Narulan saw the lights flying overhead. An air traffic controller at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport also saw the lights approaching him.”

Source:  Chalker, B. 1996. The Oz Files. Duffy & Snellgrove. Potts Point. Page 84.

Oct(?) 1954(?) North QLD Hall Hoax?

A Mr Hall was inspecting sheep when he heard a whirring noise.  He then saw six tiny white dots in the sky which landed.  Close up they were ten metre tall cylinders with a rim or ramp around their bottom.  About a dozen "men" got out and formed a group.  They then reentered the objects and took off.  Mr Hall reportedly blacked out and had a vision of his property as a "fertile paradise."  He says within two months this had occurred.

Source: 1.  Sunday Telegraph Undated quoting Sir magazine of 23 Jan 1955.
 2.  "Flying Saucer News" Spring 1955 p17.  Date is possibly October 1953.

2 Nov 1954 Mena Murtee Station near Wilcannia, NSW 1M Weston Hoax

Claims were made that a large saucer shaped object had been seen at the Station, and that three photographs were taken showing this object.  The DCA conducted an investigation as demonstrated by various piece of correspondence on the file.  The story as given was that at 4pm Tuesday last before 4 November 1954, a Mr Keith Weston of Mena Murtee Station, 18 miles NW of Wilcannia NSW had sighted an object.  It was 500 feet from the ground, with an estimated size of 80-90 yards across. It came from the direction of Netalia and hovered over a wool shed on the Station.  It was said that when it departed there was a sound like a loud explosion and a clanking sound.  Three photographs were taken and developed at the homestead.  It was the DCA who conducted the investigation, not the RAAF. Eventually, a Mrs Weston advised the Department (internal memo dated 10 November 1954) that:  "...ask your Department to drop the matter, as it is a faked snapshot which was taken to have a joke with someone in Wilcannia and the matter has gone too far."  Thus the incident was stated to have been a hoax. 

Source: NAA file series C273/227 control symbol 1957/619 Part 1 pp 25-44.

Summer 1954 Oyster Cove, TAS 0530hrs

Whining noise and area was illuminated.  Silver oval shape with dome and beam below it.  Witness took photos.  Reported to "authorities." Three men in dark blue serge jackets in a Humber vehicle were reported to have come along and demanded the pictures.  Took away prints.

Source:  "Australasian UFOlogist" Vol 7 No 5 p5.

1955 Adelaide, SA (34:56,138:36)

A ten year old girl, Janet X, was being treated for a slight nervous disorder.  While under hypnosis she spontaneously recounted a story of her interaction with aliens and a flying saucer.  Whilst in trance she spoke of being in a saucer with three "men", and of visiting a planet with an advanced society.

Source: 1.  Chibbett, H. S. W. (1969).  "UFOs and Parapsychology." "Flying Saucer Review Special Issue 3". pp33-38.
 2.  Interview between Pony Godic and original investigator Peter Thomas in 1989.

1955 Near Eucla WA/SA border (31:41, 128:52)

Three young men returned to Melbourne with what they said was the picture of an entity.  They said they saw a shiny object fall to the ground.  After searching they found jagged pieces of shining metal and saw a moving figure fifty metres away.  It was said to resemble a frog from the back and semi-human from the front.  It had a green cloak hanging to just below the knees. Its feet and hands were armour plated.  After photos were taken the thing just disintegrated before their eyes.

Source: Daily Telegraph 2 Aug 1955.

22 Apr 1955 Tintinara, SA 0745hrs 1M Moyle (35:53,140:04)

Upon glancing to his right while driving a car, a man was surprised to see a three metres diameter silvery sphere, surrounded by a flange, giving it an overall diameter of ten metres.  The object crossed the road some three metres behind the car.  It then turned and moved roughly parallel to the road, and he followed it for some twenty to twenty five kilometres before it climbed rapidly into the sky.  There were no external markings or portholes visible.

Source: 1. ASR 1/2/8.

15 Jun 1956 Goomalling, WA (31:18,116:49)

Two perfectly round circles were discovered in a clay paddock.  They were three point six metres in diameter and close together.  Grass in these circles, unlike elsewhere in the paddock, was not growing.

Source: PUFORG.

Late 1956 Near Hughenden, QLD (20:51,144:12)

A twelve year old girl, Miss L. was crossing a paddock on the family farm when she felt a strange force upon her, and heard a soft hum.  She felt as if she was being lifted off the ground and fainted.  She awoke to find herself in a strange, large room with two men in silver white ski-suits.  There was no attempted communication by the men.  After surveying the room, which featured a coloured galaxy display on one wall, the girl felt enormous pressure and again lost consciousness.  The room was not furnished.  She noted an arched doorway leading into a corridor; that there were porthole-like windows along one wall;  and that the room had no joins or seams.  She found herself back at the farm, but in a different paddock, with a huge saucer shaped object hovering above her before it subsequently ascended rapidly to the west.  The girl determined that two hours had elapsed since she initially lost consciousness.

Source: 1.  Chalker, Bill. (1989). "Abducted?". Australian Penthouse. Nov. p 37.
 2.  Victorian UFO Research Society.

Aug 1956 NT

First report came from a veteran charter pilot, who told RAAF security officers he had early last month seen a long narrow, dimly illuminated object moving horizontally over the Darwin airport at a fabulously high speed.  This was closely followed by a report from crew members of an airliner, who claimed they had seen a similar shape 300 miles north of Darwin at an altitude of 29,000ft.  Both sightings of the ‘thing’ were seen on the same night.

Source: Australian Saucer record, Vol 2 No3 1956 p.20, citing ‘Australasian Post’ 6 Sep 1956

24 Sep 1956 Crows Nest, QLD 0800hrs Barnes (27:16, 152:03)

A silver-grey 'bullet' was noted descending to the ground, by a woman.  It then flew slowly up the slope of her drive at a three metre altitude.  The object appeared to be solid and had no wings or landing gear.  Size was put at six metres long. It had a "cabin", and an attachment at the rear.

Source: UFORQLD.

7 Dec 1956 Tambar Springs, NSW 1215hrs 10mins 2 wits Hayne

Heard jet engines and saw object in E "coming down."  White in colour.  "Disk shaped" and spinning.  "At one stage a wing was visible, appeared to have one wing on one side."  Then "...went straight up until it became a speck in the sky.  It then went to the East, and straight up out of sight."

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 1 pp71-76 & 81-85.

16 October 1957 1M Jones

Air Marshall Sir George Jones saw an object looking like a transparent balloon with a white light on the bottom travelling at supersonic speed at about 500 feet altitude.  It was soundless.  He ruled out conventional explanations.

Source:  APRO Bulletin Mar 1957 p2.

12 November 1957 Springwood, NSW 0100hrs 5mins 1M Griggs

RAAF pilot saw apparent vapour trail at 30 degrees W. Apparently going S to N.  Object disappeared towards northern horizon. Cloudless sky.  Full Moon present.  "A 360 degree turn appeared to have been executed towards the north west."  No known aircraft in area.

Source: NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 1 pp 40-43.

About 1958 Gippsland area VIC

"A young girl saw a UFO head down into a nearby forest during the night.  She went to investigate.  She remembers encountering "a small man" working on the outside of a strange object, and being signalled to stay away.  The girl recollects being taken for a ride, ostensibly in the object she saw, and seeing an aerial view of her home town through the floor of the UFO.  She does not remember how she got home, but clearly recalls getting a spanking for going to bed with dirty feet and soiling the sheets.  Her left knee had been grazed."

Source:  Chalker, Bill. (1989). "Abducted?" Australian Penthouse. Nov. p.37. from a personal investigation.

13 Jan 1958 Casino, NSW (28:52,153:03)

A twenty one year old man reported a dome shaped light which approached him.  It followed him for five kilometres, some fifty metres away and only ten metres off the ground.  His car’s radio suffered interference.

Source:  OF p87.

13 Mar 1959 Purnong Landing, SA 0210hrs Towill/Briggs (34:51, 139:38)

Two men in a truck crested a hill and came upon a "dome" illuminated by coloured lights.  They stopped the truck and watched the ten metre diameter object as it went through a regular sequence of colour changes.  The lights all then went out and the men approached from their position of a hundred metres distance.  As they did so the object took off silently at a forty five degree angle and was lost to sight after twenty minutes, in the southern sky. Briggs recalled, in an interview with this author on 26 Dec 1972, that on the evening of 13 March 1959 some nurses had seen a similar object near to Purnong Landing.

Source: 1.  ASR 5/2
 2.  Personal investigation by author and Garry Little 26 Dec 1972.

31 Mar 1959 Port Elliott, SA 2330hrs Neale (35:32,138:41)

Barry Neale was driving home from Goolwa when he saw, on the ground about one hundred metres off the road, a glowing reddish-orange object with a row of portholes.  It illuminated the trees and was about two metres wide.  He got to within three hundred metres of it, and drove around a wooded area in time to see it take off at high speed.  No radioactivity was found.

Source: 1.  Adelaide News 2 Apr 1959 p15.
 2. ASR 6/4/14.

29 Apr 1959 Blackwood, SA 1930hrs Lightfoot (34:56, 138:36)

A spinning saucer shaped object with a row of steady lights was seen for about two and a half minutes, before it rose vertically and disappeared from view.  A ten second time exposure was taken by a Mr Lightfoot.

Source:  UFOSH p 135.

17 May 1959 Cooktown, QLD 0430hrs (15:28, 145:15)

Three men out crocodile hunting saw a huge circular object at tree top height some one hundred metres away.  Estimated as fifty metres across, it was football shaped with a band of half moon shaped windows.  Two of the men stood up to observe it during the twenty minute observation.  One allegedly suffered severe physical effects and another is said to have died.

Source:  OF p101.

26 Jun 1959 Boianai, Papua 1845hrs Gill et al (07:00, 147:00)

This well documented sighting had thirty eight witnesses.  A brilliant light was seen to approach a mission station.  It appeared to be hovering some one hundred metres up and was solid and circular, with a wide base and a narrower upper deck.  At a number of intervals a shaft of light came from the object and shone into the sky on a forty five degree angle.  As the group watched, "men" came out onto the deck.  There were four "men" in all. Eventually the spotlight and the men disappeared, the object moved through cloud and was lost to view.

Source:  Flying Saucer Review (FSR) Special issue no 4. Aug 71.

27 Jun 1959 Boianai, Papua 1800hrs Gill et al (07:00, 147:00)

Another disc was seen with two smaller objects also present.  Four figures appeared on top as per the previous night, although this time they were observed to respond to waves from the priest and natives.  The disc also seemed to respond to torch signals by wavering like a pendulum.

Source:  FSR Special issue no 4. Aug 71.

9 Jul 1959 Burren Junction, NSW 2120hrs (30:06. 148:58)

A police constable noted a bright red object hovering over trees at close range.  It travelled slowly away.  Two local lads reported seeing a grey object; a triangle with a dome on top, on the side of the road, at 7 a.m. the same morning.

Source: NAA file series A703 580/1/1 part 2pp171-174.

Sep 1959 Euramo QLD Mencel (18:00, 145:56)

Max Mencel, reported that while driving a tractor he saw a brilliant, large, conical object approximately ten metres long, hovering just above the cane tops.  Its vivid red colour and orange coloured lights illuminated a nearby house.

Source:  UFOSH p101

24 Sep 1959 Mandourah and Doctors Gully NT 1830hrs

Large 80-100 foot object reported. Black, shallow.  Close to surface-speed 80-90 mph. Shot upwards towards Delissaville Creek.  "A green very light shot off from the water in a direction east or north from Mandourah, after the object was seen."  At 0715hrs 25 Sep, the same object was again seen off Mandourah and shot up Middle Arm.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 2 pp 107-108.

12 October 1959 Wonthaggi 1940hrs 1sec 1wit M Jackson

Brilliant flash in W sky seen from ANA aircraft on way Launceston to Melbourne.  35 degree elevation decreasing to 25 degrees.  Bearing 310 degrees from aircraft, and disappeared at 285 degrees.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 2 pp 109-111.

11 November 1959 Rosebud, VIC 0220hrs 4mins 1wit McDougall

A brilliant blue flash was seen by airline pilot on route between Melbourne and Launceston.  It left a blue trail to the southern horizon which disappeared after 4 minutes.

Source:  NAA files series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 2 pp 128, 131-132 & 137-141.

Aug 1960 Belmont, NSW 0130hrs Aldridge (31:52, 141:14)

Awoken by a buzzing noise, a woman looked outside her house and saw a bright light coming from a round object.  She then noted an entity, one to one point two metres tall, of average build, of normal humanoid appearance, wearing a dull olive-green skin tight suit with a helmet and white/grey footwear, approaching the house, looking at the ground.  When he was some three metres away from her, she went off to get her son.  However, when they both returned nothing unusual was to be found.

Source:  Australian UFO Review (NSW) (AUFOR). No 10. Dec 69. p31.

4 August 1960 Pont Lookout, NSW 1046Z 1M James

Aircraft pilot reported an object with a bright green head and white tail.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 2 p 69.

4 Oct 1960 Cressy, TAS 1810hrs 2 mins 1M+1F Browning

While looking at a rainbow, they saw a "long cigar shaped object" emerge from a rain squall.  It was dull grey in colour, and had "four or five vertical dark bands around its circumference."  With something that looked like a "short aerial array” on it.  It travelled northwards.  Seconds later, 5-6 small saucer like objects came out of the cloud at high speed.  These and the cigar then reversed back into the rain squall and did not re-emerge.

Source: NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 2 pp 19-29, 32, 34, 54-55 and 59. [Astronomical]

15 Nov 1960 15 miles north of Launceston, TAS 1040hrs (5-7 secs)

A USAF JB-57 aircraft crew operating out of RAAF East Sale reported seeing an unusual object.  The aircraft was at 40,000 feet at 350 knots flying a heading of 340 degrees.  The object was estimated to be at 35,000 feet heading 140 degrees at high speed.  It disappeared under the aircraft’s left wing.  The pilot banked the plane but they did not re-establish visual.  In colour the object was said to be "rather translucent."  "There were no sharp edges but rather fuzzy."  The size was estimated at 90 feet in diameter, and it did not appear to have any depth to it.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 2 pp 44-45. [Astronomical]

22 January 1961 NE of Newcastle, NSW 1721Z Multi wits

A large object was seen by the crew of a Neptune aircraft heading 160 degrees.  It “streaked across sky from SSW to NE.  "Brilliant orange in colour.  It broke in two and leading portion assumed cone shape and accelerated ahead of tail... further disintegration took place before object disappeared."

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 3 p150.

15 Mar 1961 Bowna, NSW 0045hrs Reynolds (36:05, 146:56)

Mr. F. Reynolds and his son were camping and saw an unusual sight by a river.  It appeared to be a large "caravan" with four windows and a red light nearby.  About four "persons" were moving between a "fire" and "van."  Looking through binoculars they noted the whole van and fire seemed to move sideways in a jerking manner.  He looked out again later but there was nothing visible.  An inspection of the area revealed a mud flat without any traces.

Source: 1.  Peter Thomas.
 2.  Australian Flying Saucer Review (AFSR). No 5. Jul 1961.

3 May 1961 Toonpang, NSW 5 men

Parent object (round, domed) 4 small silvery V-shaped objects left and returned to parent object after manoeuvering around at high speed.

Source: The UFO Evidence, NICAP, Washington. 1964 page 41.

3 Jun 1961 Darwin, NT 2130hrs 1M Casey

Radar RAAF Darwin “reported radar contact during met balloon flight 2130hrs.  "Contact at 40000 feet descended to 32000 feet in approximately 5 minutes.  Contact with no apparent lateral movement.  First sighting azimuth 180 elevation 80 deg range 15000 yards."

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 3 p148.

5 June 1961 Millaa Millaa, Atherton Tablelands, QLD 1255hrs 115mins IFO?

Senior Constable W Anderson watched an object which appeared as a dull star.  Through binoculars it was a cone shape.  Cloudless sky.  Finally moved to the west and lost in haze on western horizon.  Other people in the area reported the same object.  RAAF aircraft sent to investigate was in the area between 1620 and 1635 but reported no sighting.  A number of people sighted an object as well as the planet Venus, on 7 June 1961 at cairns at 1130hrs.  A photograph was taken which showed both the planet Venus and an oval shaped body glowing bright red, with three shining white triangular fins.  A review of the RAAF files suggests it may have been a stratospheric balloon.

Source:  NAA file series A 703 control symbol580/1/1 part 3 pp 135-139.

5 August 1961 0820hrs 55mins Mt Hale station, WA (26.03S 117.15E)

“I am a Shearing Contractor aged 37 years and am at present working at Mt Hale station which is situated about 70 miles west of Meekatharra.  My home address is (deleted).  About 8.20 am on the 5th August, 1961, Mr (deleted) Mt Hale Station came over the shearing shed and asked me to have a look at two objects in the sky.  The objects were round in shape, bright silver, about 2 feet each in diameter, that is from ground level.  The objects appeared to be about 8 to 10,000 feet, possibly higher.  They were travelling at a fast speed and could be kept in sight for only about two minutes.  Their course appeared definite, no surface wind.  In all 12 objects were sighted, the last being about 9.15 a.m.  They appeared to be in pairs.  The objects gave off a white substance which took on various shapes whilst falling to the ground.  The white substance was followed and I managed to pick up some of the substance.  It was of snow white colour and appeared to be in a fine mesh.  It crumbled very easily.  Apart from (deleted) the following persons saw the objects.  (deleted).  The persons mentioned are shearers employed by me.  Some station hands also saw the objects....”

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 3 pp122-124; 126-128 & 130.

 1.  APRO Bulletin 1962 1 p1
 2.  Lorenzen, C & J (1969.)UFOs The Whole Story. New York. Signet. p232.
 3.  Adelaide Advertiser 7 August 1961.
 4.  Holledge, J (1965). Flying Saucers Over Australia. Sydney. Horwitz. p86. This source mentions that the objects travelled from N to S.

23 January 1962 East Sale, VIC 2115hrs 1M Johnston

Report by pilot of unidentified air traffic in Traffic Zone.  "What appeared to be a light aircraft."  2Nm S of his aircraft, heading W at approx. 2000 feet.  Report later of a green flare.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 3 pp 93-98.  [Probably private aircraft]

28 Oct 1962 Salisbury, SA 1930hrs Sylvester (34:56, 138: 36)

A school teacher and her children reported an orange glow on the ground at an estimated distance of three to four kilometres away from them.  Despite this distance her son insisted he could see an oval shape with windows, legs and two "men".  The teacher could not see only a glow.

Source: 1.  Australian Flying Saucer Research Society. (AFSRS).
 2.  ASR 6/1/13-14.

15 Feb 1963 Moe, VIC 0700hrs Brew (38:11, 146:16)

Charles Brew and his son Trevor were at work when a strange object came down out of the east and descended slowly towards their cattle pens.  The cattle and a pony reacted violently and the two farm dogs fled.  The object descended to a height of between twenty five to thirty metres, then hovered over a tree for a few seconds.  It was about eight metres in diameter and three high.  The top portion appeared to be a transparent dome from which protruded a two metres tall aerial-colour of the top was a battleship grey.  The base glowed with a pale blue colour and had scoop-like protuberances around it.  There was a swishing noise audible.  Brew was outside the milking shed when all this was going on and Trevor inside.  Trevor did not see the object but heard the noise.  Brew said his eyes were drawn to it.  He experienced a headache which remained for the rest of the day.  After hovering for a few seconds the object climbed at forty five degrees to the west and passed into cloud.

Source: 1. AFSR. No 8. p10. Jun 1965.
 2.  FSR 16/5/29.
 3.  FSOA p14, & pp86-88.
 4.  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 4 pp 313-319.  [Tornado like meteorological manifestation]

23 Apr 1963 Levendale, TAS 2230hrs McConnon (42:33, 147:34)

Out driving a tractor, a farmer saw a yellow circular object come from the west, and pass overhead some fifty metres up.  It illuminated the ground, was soundless and was some thirty metres across. There were no electromagnetic effects.  Finally it disappeared behind hills.

Source: TUFOIC file TA63002.

18 May 1963 Beachport, SA 0700hrs (37:29, 141:00)

A man, a carrier by occupation, was driving along a road when a soundless, red and blue, round to oval shape was seen directly above the vehicle.  He watched it for about two minutes as it travelled from east to west.  He noted that the sound from his radio cut out.

Source:  UFORSA.

19 May 1963 Mount Gambier, SA 2130hrs Bushbridge (37:50, 140:47)

A seventeen year old youth encountered an object on one side of the road on which he was driving.  When his car was six metres away from it, a bright light came on on the object and dazzled him.  He pulled the car up, the object moved across the road, and he drove his vehicle under it.  It was oval in shape, five metres wide and three high, with the lights on it being as bright as "the arc lights in electric welding."

Source: 1. AFSRS.
 2. "Queensland UFO" magazine. (QUFO) 1/2/6.

Was 1-1.5 miles from Piggery on the old Glencoe Road when he saw an object on the side of the road.  It was bright red/white and shaped like a bull-dozer.  No sound.  "It came across the road and then it went straight up."  Lost in mid-air. The object is said to have followed the route of the car for three miles then disappeared as an on-coming car approached the witness.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1/ part 4 pp 305-307.)  [Meteor]

28 Jun 1963 Sandy Creek, SA 2130hrs (29:36,138:13)

Rounding a corner in his vehicle, a man came upon a blood-red coloured object extending across the roadway.  He applied the brakes and was within three metres of it when it rose suddenly from the road.  After rising one hundred metres or so, it turned on its side and sped off, streaming vapour.  Described as eight metres across and four high, with a concave top and a flat base, it glowed blood-red when close to the ground and appeared to change to a lightish-red yellow as it gathered speed and flew off.

Source: 1.  AFSRS.
 2.  QUFO 1/3/26.

25 Jul 1963 Warragul, VIC 1930hrs 20secs 1M Ashcroft

One circular object "light shade of grey" with a noise similar to a jet aircraft.  "The upper portion of object appeared to have a smaller diameter."  Approx 400 feet up.  Lost in mid-air.  "The upper part of the object appeared to be revolving."  While the object was in sight the air was unusually warm.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1/ part 4 pp 292-294.  [Tornado]

20 Sep 1963 Wonthaggi, VIC

TV difficulty noted, viewer called outside to see UFO.  Object hovered, darted around at high speed.  TV interference noted over area of three towns.

Source:  The UFO Evidence, NICAP, Washington, 1964 page 157.

7 Nov 1963 Dalyston, VIC 0415hrs Davidson (38:34, 145:33)

A bread carter was followed, at thirty metres range, by a three to four metre long glowing object, orange in colour, which looked like a "cloud".  It followed him for three kilometres, then accelerated away to his right.

Source: 1.  Wonthaggi Express 7 Nov 1963.
 2.  QUFO 1/5/2122.

24 Dec 1963 Darwin, NT (12:27, 130:50)

A photograph was included in the RAAF summary of reports. No other details given.

Source:  RAAF summary 1963.

1963/64 Hobart, TAS (42:50, 147:15)

A schoolboy reported seeing a UFO land on a beach and being approached by two occupants.  They apparently spoke to the lad, who subsequently developed a high IQ but was difficult to control.

Source:  TUFOIC.  1964 onwards QLD CE4

1964 onwards QLD CE4

A married, 29 year old, female social welfare student, recalled four specific episodes.

  1.  At age three she was in her cot and woke to find the room "filled with people looking like doctors."  Ten to twelve of them.  At this stage she shared a room with her mother and believes they examined both herself and her mother.  The beings each had a glow of light around them, and for some reason she had a feeling of closeness to two of them.  They felt female.  This episode was recollected, when she later, for the first time saw a magazine picture of an operation.

  2.  At age nineteen she recalls being taken from bed and floated out of the window up to a "spaceship," which had been hovering over the house.

  3.  At age twenty she was "floated" out of the back door, on a bright moon-lit night.  She can recall the wind in her hair, and being floated back the same way.

  4.  At age twenty eight a further incident occurred.  No known details have been documented.

Source:  UFORA 90046. Bill Chalker.

19 Feb 1964 Gum Creek, SA Player (32:21, 138:54)

A farmer's wife observed an unusual object approaching the house and hovering close by it. She saw a "man" standing at a "wooden railing" inside the object.  It eventually departed into the sky.

Source:  Keith Basterfield, John Burford, Peter Horne, Garry Little, Paul Johnson and Tony Rundle.

29 Feb 1964 Plympton, SA 1400hrs Mathlin/Jensen (34:56, 138:36)

A young boy reportedly saw a large oval saucer descending into a paddock, in a busy suburb in broad daylight.  A tall figure emerged from it and walked around for a while before reentering the object.  The object took off, observed by the initial witness and another boy.

Source: 1.  AFSRS.
 2.  FSR 16/4/32.
 3.  Personal investigation Keith Basterfield.

5 Jun 1964 Woomera, SA Photo IFO (31:12, 136:49)

This photograph was taken at the launching of a Blue Streak rocket, and shows an oval blob of light near the rocket.  A black and white print in the Flying Saucer Review was apparently from a colour movie.  In 2010 the original footage was located on the Pathe News website, and clearly shows a lens flare to be the cause.

Source:  FSR Sep/Oct 1964 p 4.

2 Aug 1964 Wittenoom, WA 0300hrs (1-2 mins) IFO

Residents called police to tell them they had observed a cigar-shape lined with windows, which shone with red, white, orange and yellow lights.  There was a red tail and it was some fifty metres long, being only some ten metres above the ground.

Source:  UFOSH p157.

Antoni Uchanski; Gary Juszczyk; and Edo Rossi reported seeing a silent, rocket-like object come from behind a hill, travel across the sky in a straight line from south to north; then disappear behind another hill.  It emitted multiple colours and had a red tail.  Possible meteor.

Source:  NAA A703 580-1-1 part 4 pp152-161.

1 September 1964 Enroute Melbourne to Canberra nr Holbrook 1M Kaye

First Officer on Ansett flight sighted two silver objects.  "One appeared approximately 3000 feet above the aircraft dead ahead, the other much higher at the one o-clock position.  Both appeared solid silver ovals, ie no wings."  Most likely Viscount and Electra aircraft which were in the area.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 4 p165.  [Refraction of light]

Ca. 1965 Sydney, NSW (38:53, 151:13)

A strange pink cloud was reported by a woman.  She then saw a snow white flying saucer. A shiny ladder was lowered from a hatchway and a man came down and sat on a rung of the ladder.  He shone a beam of light into the sea.  The ladder and man were retracted and the object sped off.

Source:  Australasian Post.  1965.)

Ca. 1965 Central Australia

‘One example of a report that probably never found its way into the RAAF files, but purportedly ended up with the CIA, has been provided by the well-known researcher and author Budd Hopkins.  A U.S. Air Force sergeant with a Top Secret security clearance, known to Hopkins, states that at a CIA screening in Texas in 1967 he was shown a movie film of a UFO which had been taken from a RAAF aircraft during a photo-mapping flight over Central Australia about 1965.

The short film extract allegedly showed ‘a huge, hovering windowed craft’ with three smaller UFOs attached to it ‘as a kind of tail.’  A door on the largest opened-two vertical panels and two horizontally aligned ones-and the three smaller UFOs flew inside.  The panels closed, the large object canted at an angle, then disappeared in seconds.  According to Hopkins’ informant, the filmed image of the UFO was extraordinarily large and clear, filling the entire movie screen.

Source:  Good, Timothy. 1997. Beyond Top Secret. Sidgwick & Jackson. London. Page 162.)

13 January 1965 41S 167E 0845Z 10 secs 1M Shannon +others IFO

Report of object by Qantas flight 363 on flight between Christchurch, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia on a course of 275 degrees mag, flying at 20,000 feet.  It was shortly after sunset.  "Single vapour trail appeared to north west travelling east...became seven distinct contrails apparently made by large aircraft in loose formation."  Object was at an angular elevation of 30 degrees above the aircraft.  RNZAF radars at Wellington and Ohakea had nothing at height within 15-200mls, except "angels" S of Wellington speed 100kts.  Copy passed to US Air Attache.  A review of the documents suggest it was a meteor.

"Second pilot also recalls that at approximately longitude 166E that morning on the Sydney to Wellington flight he noticed what he considered as eleven ships in group on his radar screen."  A search of the area by aircraft on 14 January revealed nothing, except an unusually large number of high density cloud radar contacts.  Up to 10 at a time were obtained at ranges up to 70Nmls.

Source: 1.  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 4 pp 121-122.  [Meteor shower]
 2.  New Zealand Defence Force file AIR 244/10/1 released Dec 2010.

17 Mar 1965 Margaret Brock Lighthouse, SA 2200hrs IFO (36:57, 139:36)

Several photographs were said to have been taken of an unusual oval shaped blob, by an assistant steward on the BHP ore freighter, "Iron Duke."  However, a personal investigation revealed that at the time nothing unusual was visually seen.  The object in the photos only came out on the prints.  It appears to be nothing more than a lens reflection of the Moon, which is the brighter object shown in each photo.

Source: 1.  Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners Advocate 23 Mar 1965.
 2.  Personal interview with the radio operator on board at the time.
 3.  AFS Digest Apr/Jun 65.
 4.  Aust FSR Vol 8 Jun 65 p2 (pics).
 5.  AFS Review No 9 UFOIC inside back cover (pic)).

23 May 1965 Morawa, WA 0130hrs French (29:13, 116:00)

A Mr and Mrs French stopped their car after a loud noise suddenly interrupted their car radio.  Nothing seemed wrong with the car so they resumed their drive.  About two kilometres further down the road they encountered six or more glowing white lights which were shining upon a paddock from an estimated height of three metres.  This sight was accompanied by a piercing shrill sound.  The couple did not stop to investigate.  Further down the road the car radio was affected again, while the lights could be seen in the paddock behind them.

Source: FSWDTCF. p52.

24 May 1965 Eton Ridge, QLD 0005hrs Tilse/Burgess/Judin (21.16, 148.59)

Three men noted a strange luminous "machine" resting near the ground some half a kilometre away.  It was a black disc with banks of brilliant lights underneath it, hovering over trees, at seventy metres above the ground.  It seemed to measure seven to ten metres across and only twenty three or so centimetres thick, with a four point six metres high under structure.  An area of the ground was illuminated by it. The object then approached and stopped, after which it retreated and approached twice more before finally leaving at high speed.  Upon its departure two of the witnesses, Burgess and Judin said they heard a buzz or low pitched hissing noise.  Tilse inspected the area next day saying he found a circular impression.  Tops of nearby trees were said to have shown signs of burning. Details of the mark are attributed to the local police: "The impression was a perfect circle with a radius of twenty feet, it consisted of flattened grass, but not burned; the centre was untouched. A distinct belt or ring, three feet two inches wide of less flattened grass encircled the area making the total diameter of the impression twenty six feet four inches." Constable B. Self of the Nebo police confirmed scorching of the treetops and on a section of nearby grass.

Source: 1.  AFSR(NSW). No 9. p12. Nov 1966.
 2.  "Australian Flying Saucer Digest" (AFSD). Jul-Sep 1965.
 3.  UFOSH. pp111-113.
 4.  FSR 11/5/13-14.

28 May 1965 Off Bougainville Reef, QLD 0325hrs (15:30, 147:05)

In the early hours of the morning a DC-6 radioed Townsville control tower that it was being “buzzed” by a UFO.  The object was described as spherical in shape, flat on top and the bottom.  Exhaust gases were reported coming from the object.  It is said to have paced the aircraft for some ten minutes during which the captain took photographs.  The object then moved ahead of the plane and disappeared.  An official “cover up” is reported to have occurred.

Source: 1.  UFO Research Queensland.
 2.  NICAP "The UFO Investigator" Jun/Jul 1965 p4.
 3.  AFSR 3(5):3 & 7. 1972.

The pilot and aircrew of an Ansett-A.N.A. DC-6B (call sign VH-INH) was en route from Brisbane, Australia, to Port Moresby, New Guinea.  The pilot called Townsville Ground Control and spoke to operator William Orr, informing him that his aircraft was being buzzed by a UFO.  The pilot gave his position as above or abreast of Bougainville Reef.  The object was a flattened sphere with what looked like exhaust gases coming from it.  It paced the airliner for 10-15 minutes, then accelerated and raced ahead and out of sight.  Photographs were taken during the sighting.  The pilot was diverted back to Brisbane and from there flown to Canberra where the film was taken from him and we were told he was instructed to tell no person of this incident.  The audiotapes of air traffic control transmissions at Townsville also were confiscated.  Some days after this air traffic controller Orr was told to “shut his mouth” about the incident, with the added threat that if he didn't he might be dismissed by the Department of Civil Aviation.

Source:  Volume II, The UFO Evidence, A Thirty-Year Report, Richard Hall, [2001], page 128

The author tracked down and spoke with William Orr in 2012.  At this time, Orr stated that he had no recollection of the event described above; and had no recollection of the detective reported to be the source of “The UFO Investigator” account.

13 Jun 1965 Modbury, SA Helyard (34:56, 138:36)

A Mr and Mrs Helyard reported seeing a dark disc, metallic coloured which hovered and circled for fifteen minutes at an estimated one thousand metres up.  Their one photo shows a nebulous, elliptical shaped, object against what appear to be points of light, together with what looks like clouds.  It is hard to understand quite what the picture shows, as it looks far more like an unusual cloud than a defined metallic object.

Source: AFS Review UFOIC No 9 Nov 1966.

19 Jul 1965 Vaucluse Beach, NSW 1730hrs Row (33:53, 151:13)

Walking along a beach, a man encountered a seven metres diameter disc resting on the sand.   He was about sixteen metres from it when it rose with a noise like air being forcible released from a balloon.  After a take off run of some sixteen metres the object climbed rapidly towards Manly.  It was watched in flight for ten seconds before it disappeared into cloud.  The witness, Mr Crowe said that while the object was stationary nearby dogs were barking but after it took off they were silent.

Source: 1.  Telegraph Sydney 21 Jul 1965.
 2.  AFSD Jul-Sep 1965. p28.
 3.  FSOA pp12-14.
 4.  NICAP "The UFO Investigator" 3/4/6.

22 July 1965 Daley, QLD 0918Z 2 wits O’Neill & Salmon

Captain B J O’Neill was piloting a Cessna with a student V T Salmon when he saw a stationary light which changed colours red/white/green and cycled through these colours.  A check with Brisbane revealed no known traffic.  The VHF and HF communications were lost with Brisbane.  The light appeared airborne and flying on a similar heading to his aircraft.  Sighting finished when the light faded into the distance on W horizon.  Contact with Brisbane was again possible from 0945Z.

Source: NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1/ part 4 pp 53-55.  [Meteor]

27 July 1965 Carnarvon, WA 12mls from Pimbie Station, 1940hrs 30mins 2 wits

Dr Antonin Kulka and Mrs Audrey Lawrence were travelling by car when they saw a light in the sky.  They reported that it approached their vehicle.  While travelling it was orange in colour; but when it silently swooped at their vehicle it became a bright, vivid orange-red colour.  The colour changed to fluorescent green while it hovered near their vehicle.  They switched off the engine, got out of the car and watched it for about 30 minutes before it moved, silently, and slowly toward the west.

Source: 1. Uncited newspaper article in AFSR Vic No 4 Dec 1965.
 2. Brisbane Telegraph, 18 Aug 1965.)

4 Aug 1965 Orange, NSW 1015hrs 10mins 1M Musgrove

What appeared to be a “helicopter” approached from the SW.  No wheels or rotor blades were noticed.  It was silver in colour and had an "aerial" sticking out the top.  It moved slowly, coming within one mile of the town at an estimated 3000 feet altitude, before departing to the SE. 

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 4 p56.  [Met balloons]

16 Aug 1965 Manly, NSW 1900hrs Burke (33:53, 151:13)

A professional photographer Mr F Burke of the Sun-Herald newspaper took two shots of an object that hovered briefly over Manly, Sydney. Using thirty five millimetre black and white Tri x film, f—1.4 and t—1/2 sec.  The shot reproduced in source 1 shows the lights of Sydney and a blob in the top left hand side which could be anything at all.

Source: 1.  FSOA p 14.
 2.  UFOSH p50.
 3.  Aust FS Review No 9 UFOIC p43 (pic).

1966 Willagee, WA Dusk

Mrs Audrey W's children, aged 5 and 7, were playing on the front verge with their neighbour's children, more or less the same age.  It was dusk but not dark.  Suddenly their chickens created a great commotion, and their dog flew into a frenzy, its hair on end.  The children came running in very excited and declared they had seen "priests" looking out of portholes at them, from a funny round thing, with a round thing on top.  The children went on to describe the occupants of the craft wearing dark "shirts" with round, white collars.  Apparently this saucer shaped object dipped downwards towards the children before speeding off north towards Perth.

Source: 1.  Brian Richards/UFORUM.
 2.  UFORA93029.

Early 1966 Culcairn, NSW (35:40,147:02)

A number of circular "nests" were found during a two month period from Feb to Mar 1966.  One was three point six five metres across, and about six were one point five to one point eight metres in diameter.  First reported by a Mr A Boswell.

Source: 1.  Sun 6 Apr 1966.
 2.  Melbourne Age 6 Apr 1966
 3.  UFOSH p 81.)

19 Jan 1966 Euramo, near Tully, QLD 0900hrs 6-7 secs Pedley (18:00, 145:56)

George Pedley was driving a tractor on a cane farm when his attention was drawn by a hissing sound.  He then saw an object some 25yds away at a height of some 30 ft. rising vertically.  It was light grey in colour, dull, non-reflecting.  It was 25ft long by 8-9 ft. Deep.  There were no structural details visible.  It rose to a height of about 60 ft.  Then departed climbing at a 45-degree angle, extremely fast.  He then found a perfectly circular, nine point one metre diameter, flattened swirled area of reeds floating on top of one point three metres of water.  The reeds were swirled clockwise.  A search later found two more ‘nests’, a mere eight metres from the original, size three metres diameter.  One was swirled clockwise, the other anti-clockwise.

Source: 1.  UFORQLD research paper 1977.
 2.  Sun Herald 23 Jan 1966.
 3.  Australian Flying Saucer Review (UFOIC) No 9.
 4.  AFSR (VUFORS) No 5.
 5.  UFOSH p110-11 & 115.

Travelling in a tractor when noted hissing noise.  Saw object 25 yards away 30 feet above ground, rising vertically.  Light grey, dull not reflecting.  Object 25 feet long and 8-9 feet deep.  Rose to 60 foot. Departed SW climbing at 45 degrees. Appeared to be rotating at all times. Receded into distance.  Clearly defined circular area in swamp grass 32 foot long by 25 feet wide.  Reeds lying in clockwise curves.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 5 pp 164-169 & 175.

20 Jan 1966 Katanning, NSW 0030hrs

Witness, Lee Marshall, blinding light, oval object with lights hovered 16m off the ground.  The top revolved.  It emitted red/yellow/green lights.  Moved up and down.  Sound like bees.  Paralysis.  Light brightened.  Object sped away.

Source: 1.  FSR May-Jun 1966. P.32.
 2.  Newcastle Morning Herald. 24 Jan 66.

24 Jan 1966 Perth, WA 2230hrs 15 seconds Benedek (31:57, 115:51)

A Mr L Benedek said he was taking colour photographs during the evening when he saw a bluish green light.  "It was oval shaped with an antenna on the front and dropped towards the river at terrific speed" he said.  Two shots were taken.  The RAAF examined them and later received requests for information from the US Pentagon.  The pictures in source three show the lights of Perth and a ball of light with an attached tail. 

Source: 1.  Aust FSR No 5 Vic Jul 66.
 2.  UFOSH p 58.
 3.  Aust FSR Review No 9 UFOIC inside cover (pic) and story p 42.
 4.  Sun Herald Sydney 5 Jun 1966.

26 Jan 1966 Tully, QLD (17:56, 145:56)

Two "nests" were found, three point six five and two point four three metres in diameter, swirled anti-clockwise.

Source: 1.  Phillips Trace cat no 224.
 2.  AFSR(UFOIC) NO 9.)

End Jan 1966 Euramo, QLD (18:00, 145:56)

A new "nest" was found adjacent to the original one of 19 Jan.  Swirled anti-clockwise. No dimensions given.

Source: AFSR(UFOIC) NO 9.

14 Feb 1966 Bankstown, NSW (33:53, 151:13)

An almost symmetrical five point nine metres diameter circle of reeds was found to have been swirled (not broken) in a clockwise direction in a swamp.  No access tracks or exits were noted.  When it was found a pungent chemical smell was noted in the air.  The find was not reported for ten days.

Source:  AFSR NSW No 9 p22 (photo.)

27 Feb 1966 Keith, SA 2200hrs Kirby (36:06, 140:21)

Hovering several metres above a road, a saucer shape inverted over another saucer shape, was observed for a while, before it left at great speed.  The witness stopped and noted a smell like ozone.  The object was described as five metres in diameter and as having six bluish lights on one side.

Source: UFORSA files.

Feb/Mar 1966 The Kiosk, Toorbul Point, QLD (2030-2100) hrs Doo (26:57, 153:07)

On a clear, moon lit night, a relatively new television set ‘went on the blink.’  Doo went outside and looking north, saw an object hovering over some mangrove trees, at an estimated 140-180 metres distance.  Its altitude was estimated as 15-18 metres above the ground. It advanced towards him. At its closest it seemed 24 metres away.  Then it stood still; went upwards; and shot away.  Although there was no associated marking on the ground for this sighting; Doo stated that on 3-4 previous occasions he had found areas where trees had been burned.  Asked by McDonald about the estimated size of the oval object, Doo said it was 4.5-4.9 metres wide.  The top of it had been ‘real dark’ but the base was lit up. The TV worked again after the object left.  The duration of the sighting is not mentioned in any source.

Source: 1.  Interview between Doo and James E McDonald 9 July 1967.

Mar 1966 Between Caboolture and Bribie Island, QLD (0230-0245) hrs Trims

Colin Trims, aged 42, a delivery milkman was travelling when he saw what appeared to be a ‘fire’ in the distance.  He drove parallel with it for 3-400 metres.  It seemed a dark red, round ball shape with a white halo all around it.  He estimated its size as 9metres. It seemed to be near the ground, over a swamp area.  There was not associated noise.  It was initially motionless, then rose and took off slowly into the sky. The radio in his truck went off about 1.6 kilometres before he saw the ‘fire.’  It did not work until 4 hours later.  He said he knew that a Mr Doo, had seen something in the area, about 2 weeks prior to his sighting.  He estimated it was about 400 metres from him.

Source: Interview between Trims and James E McDonald 9 July 1967.

2 Apr 1966 Balwyn, VIC Photo 1402hrs Kibel (37:49, 144:58)

Noticing his garden was lit up by an unusual light, the witness looked up to see a metallic mushroom like object some thirty six metres up, floating towards the ground.  As he watched it made a one hundred and eighty degree turn through its vertical axis.  He managed to take one Polaroid shot at this point.  The object then shot off northwards at terrific speed.  Seconds later a "boom" was heard.  The single colour Polaroid shot shows a chimney stack and an apparent three dimensional mushroom with a small stalk.  There has however, been some debate in the UFO literature that the picture is a hoax.

Source: 1.  Aust FSR No 5 Vic Jul 66 (pic).
 2.  Aust FSR No 6 Vic Dec 66 (pic).
 3.  APRO Bulletin May 1966 p1.
 4.  APRO Bulletin Sep 1966 p1.

4 Apr 1966 Bourkes Flat, VIC Sullivan (144:20, 36:08)

Driving along a man saw a light in a paddock and his car's headlights veered to the right for no apparent reason.  A saucer shaped depression was found in a bare paddock, where the light had been seen.  It was one point three metres across, and fifteen centimetres deep, scooped out of sandy soil.  No human or animal tracks were visible at the spot.

Source: 1.  Maryborough Advertiser 15 Apr 1966.
 2.  AFSR Vic No 5 p12 Jul 66.
 3.  AUFOR(Vic) No10 Dec 69 pp28-29.
 4.  Reinvestigation by Bill Chalker.  See "The Bent Headlight Beam case revisited" by Bill Chalker, UFORAN May-June 1984.  Also published in Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 32 No. 4, 1987. Web version also available:

6 Apr 1966 Westall High School, Clayton, Melbourne, VIC (1015-1030hrs) 15 mins (37:49, 144:58)

School children, teachers and others observed a dazzling, silver object flying over a school, which descended behind trees, before rising again. It was said that aircraft operating in the area approached it.  In a paddock over which the object seemed to hover, waist high grass was found crushed in an area eight to ten metres across.  Government intervention is said to have occurred. 

Retrospective research indicated that there may have been multiple objects and multiple ground traces.

Source: 1.  The Dandenong Journal 14 & 21 Apr 1966.
 2.  AFSR (Vic) Vol 5 pp 13-14, Jul 66.
 3.  FSR 12(4):31.)

22 Apr 1966 Sydney, NSW Night (33:53, 151:13)

Several time exposures of fourteen moving "stars" were taken by a Kings Cross pianist, Mr P Eotvos.  They were silver circles with a darker tinge in the centre.  They disappeared to the north over the horizon.

Source:  Aust FS Review No 9 p 42 (pic).

25 Apr 1966 Cairns, QLD (16:55, 145:46)

A group of children discovered an oval shaped depression in sugar cane, size twenty one metres by nine point one metres.  The cane within the oval showed no signs of having been trampled, neither were there any trails to or from the flattened area.

Source: 1.  FSR 15(3):4.
 2.  UFOSH p 120.

10 May 1966 Melbourne, VIC 0030Z 40mins

ATC reported trace on radar at range 140-150 miles bearing 261 degree True.  Trace disappeared and reappeared at intervals in the same place. No known civilian aircraft in the area.  Probably aircraft crop dusting. 

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 5 p76.

14 May 1966 S of Wonthaggi, VIC 0310Z 15mins 1M Price IFO

Ansett pilot saw lights ahead and below his plane.  Three objects in an approximate 'V' formation 20-30 degrees below his horizon.  Aircraft heading 317 degrees.  At first his plane appeared to be overtaking them.  Then they seemed to draw ahead of plane.  Last five minutes appeared to be overtaking them again.  Took on the appearance of two smaller objects in formation with a larger one.  As came closer larger object took on the appearance of a large jet aircraft with swept back wings.  As plane got closer right hand smaller object disappeared.  Minute later "could see that the remaining two objects were in fact large metal buildings just sough of Dandenong."

Source: NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 5 pp51-53.

22 May 1966 Corndale, NSW

An oval-shaped depression about twenty five centimetres deep and seven metres by five metres was found in grass on a property.  The grass was neatly flattened with no evidence of burning.  No tracks led in or out.  A young girl had seen an unusual object in the sky, in the direction of the site, during the night preceding the discovery.  She described it as "round and red and glowing and had spikes sticking out of it.  It was smoking too."  Adult witnesses also came forward confirming something unusual was seen that night.

Source: 1.  AFSR NSW NO 9 pp44. Photo.
 2. The Northern Star (Lismore) May 1966.
 3.  Personal communication to Bill Chalker.

Jul 1966 Moltema, TAS 2315hrs Stephens (41:28, 146:32)

Travelling by car from Dunorian a number of people sighted an object to the east just above hills.  It appeared to travel quickly to reach them and then kept pace with their car.  It was red, round and soundless.  At times they thought it was only three metres away and six to ten metres off the ground.  The size was that of a large model car's tail light.  There were no effects on the car.  It was last seen to the north and "just disappeared."

Source: TUFOIC.

11 Aug 1966 VIC Travers

A Miss Marlene Travers, of Melbourne, is reported to have observed a large silver disc land near her.  It is claimed that she was abducted and raped by an alien wearing a loose fitting metallic green tunic.  Investigations reveal this account is most likely a literary hoax.

Source: 1.  Binder, O. (1968). Unsolved Mysteries of the Past.  New York. Tower. p33.
 2.  Edwards, F. (1967). Flying Saucers Here and Now. New York. Stuart. p 147.

14 Aug 1966 Kununurra, WA 2353hrs Johnson (15:47, 128:44)

A Mr Johnson was working on a bull dozer at night when he was approached by an object which illuminated the dozer, ground and him.  It hovered two hundred metres away for four to five minutes.  There were white and red lights on it.  It slowly went off and disappeared, then came back again later that night.  The next night it paced his vehicle only one hundred metres distance.  Shining his torch on it he could see two doors and many windows.

Source: 1.  Sun-Herald 27 Nov 1966.
 2.  AFSR No 6. p8.

Bright light came from the SW and slowed down and became stationary.  6-8 red lights in a row.  4 lights approached until they were within 400 yards.  Hovered 20 feet above ground.  White light illuminated the area. "Flying saucer" there.  "Machine tilted" as it rose.  Silver colour and oval.  10 feet high 180 feet long-80-100 feet wide.  Moved around and appeared to land.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 6 pp 133-139.

4 Sep 1966 Yarram, VIC (2200-2230hrs) 1M +1F Tratford + others

In a car, saw "extended light flat on the ground." Stationary to their ENE.  Then it rose vertically to 100 feet darkening as it did so-then it completely disappeared.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 6 pp108-113 & 117. [Astronomical]

10 Oct 1966 Laverton, VIC 2022hrs 83mins 2M

Two Air Traffic Controllers saw light moving from 280 degrees magnetic to 320 degrees magnetic.  It manoeuvred then remained stationary.  Radar check was negative.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 6 pp 60-68.) [Satellite]

28 Oct 1966 King Sound, WA 1636S 12315E 1155Z 20mins

MV Kabbarli. Conical shaped glow half degree across at 242 degrees azimuth, 18 degrees elevation.  Travelling fast to NE. Lost when overhead in light of Moon.

Source: NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 6 p 68.

Nov 1966 Brisbane, QLD (27:28,153:01)

After hearing an unusual noise during the night, a couple found a trace on an adjacent block.  The previously one metre high grass over the whole centre of the block had been flattened and splayed out in a circle like a pack of cards.

Source:  UFORA files.

26 Nov 1966 Daly Waters NT 0013Z 2mins 1M Munstermann

While tracking a balloon through a theodolite, saw an object at 280 degrees az and 59.2 degrees el.  Metallic grey in colour and oblong in shape.  Lost in mid-air.  No aircraft in the area.

Source:  NAA file series 580/1/1/ part 7 pp 324-327.

Late 1966 Eyre Peninsula, SA

An Adelaide resident and partner, driving in a remote area, came across a group of circles on a flat stretch of earth.  There were eight in total, all identical in shape and size.  Some overlapped.  Said to be six metres in diameter, perfectly round.  It appeared two had been burnt into the earth.

Source:  UFOSH p146.

14 Jan 1967 Armidale, NSW 1210hrs 3mins 1M Hodes

Phone call received by Police Sgt Hodes.  Resident reported possible aircraft in distress-noise heard.  Hodes sighted a "noiseless white object – square like large box kite."  E to W.  Revolved rapidly.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 7 pp 318-320.

21 Jan 1967 Kurri Kurri NSW (1015-130hrs) 1min 2F Robinson & McCarthy

In a car. Object seen and strange noise heard.  Object passed in front of car and climbed rapidly away.  Very loud hum intermingled with "undecipherable voices."  The car did not have a radio fitted.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 7 pp 303-305.  [Nearby debris airborne by Willy Willy]

Mar 1967 Hallam, VIC 1730hrs 2 wits Coyle (37:49, 144:58)

A VFSRS member, John Coyle of Hallam, while in the company of his 13-year-old sister Miriam, took several photographs of an object in the sky.  He had just bought a camera and was crossing a paddock when Miriam noticed an object in the sky.  It was first seen at 15 degrees East, approached them in a straight line, then circled them for 2.5 minutes.  When circling it was going very slow.  It left towards the sunset in the West. There was no sound. It was silver in colour.  It had a slight rise on the top and was very black underneath. The sky was overcast and it was cold at the time.

Source: 1.  VFSRS AFSR No 7 p18
 2.  Aust UFOR No 10 UFOIOC Dec 69 p 72.
 3.  FSR 14/1/32 (pics).
 4.  APRO Bulletin May 1967 p10.

17 March 1967 100nm Brisbane, Qld 0923Z (3-4secs) 1M Blair

Ansett Captain saw light 1- degrees starboard ahead of his aircraft, which was heading 324 degrees mag, and at 25 degrees elevation above cloud horizon.  It was a light, with a trail of light.  Disappeared below cloud horizon.

Source: NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 7 pp194-196.  [Atmospheric entry of meteor or satellite]

30 Mar 1967 Peterborough, SA 2030hrs Smith (32:59, 138:50)

Two men were in a vehicle when the engine and lights stopped/went off.  They got out to investigate when they noticed a disc rapidly ascending at thirty degrees south-west.  It was emitting blue to purple glows and flashes from underneath it.  It was lost to view in the night sky. Upon returning to their car they found it started normally.  An hour later a stationary purple glow was observed in a creek bed, followed another hour later by a six metres diameter disc which was seen to take off from the ground.

Source: 1.  AFSR(NSW). No 10. p31.
 2.  UFORSA.

7 Apr 1967 Balmoral, VIC 3 wits Perry, Keller, Bloomfield

Three men were out spotlighting and saw a large white light and 6-8 feet in diameter. It had a big red light on top of it, and a small flashing light above that. The light came straight at them. As it neared the ground it caused a large cloud of dust. There was no sound. The light stayed 15 seconds then shot back to where it had been. The men had a strange feeling as if their backs had gone cold and as if someone “was squeezing your head in.”

Source:  APRO Bulletin May 1967 p4.

17 Jun 1967 Yass, NSW 0040hrs CE1 (34:51,148:55)

A couple saw a red glowing object some sixty metres up and only sixty metres away from them. It travelled slowly along and at one stage the witnesses heard a clicking noise coming from it.

Source: 1.  OF p 122.
 2. NAA A703 580-1-1 part 7 pages 79-85.

5 Jul 1967 Murray Bridge, SA 1M Langsford

Five miles NNE of Murray Bridge on the Murray bridge to Karoonda Road.  It was a clear night with thick ground fog.  Witness was driving a motor vehicle when he experienced interference on the car radio, which became a high pitched whine.  He turned the radio off.  Within 100-150 yards the motor of the vehicle stopped by itself.  The ignition was on but the warning lights on the dash came on.  The ignition key was still in the on position. Looking up he saw a distinct break in the fog with stars visible.  A "large dark shadow" was seen at a height of 20 feet.  The shadow seemed 120 feet thick.  Above this shadow was a greyish-blue glow.  The top of the shadow appeared convex.  He stopped the vehicle and got out to look but the shadow and light had gone.  There was no sound.  The object had vanished.  The two banks of fog came together.  The witness returned to the vehicle and tried the ignition and the motor worked.  He switched on the radio and there was no interference.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 8 pp178-184.

9 August 1967 Talwood, QLD 1422hrs 17mins 4 wits incl 1 M Austin

Travelling by aircraft sighted what took to be a "large mob of birds" ahead.  The "mob" was dense in the middle and strung out in echelon to either side, dark grey in colour and tended to concertina in and out horizontally.  Another "mob" was seen 45 degrees to starboard.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 8 pp170-172.

24 Aug 1967 Wodonga, VIC 0000hrs Hyde (36:07, 146:53)

Ron Hyde was motorcycling between Melbourne and Sydney when he was suddenly engulfed in a blue/white flash.  He stopped his bike, and when his eyes cleared he saw about thirty metres away in a clearing, a metallic object hovering a metre off the ground.  It resembled two saucers, one inverted on top of the other, separated by a three metres band of metal.  On top of the object was a small dome two metres tall.  Yet again on top of this was a flat topped ball, about twenty five centimetres deep.  Mr Hyde turned away for a second and upon looking back two silver clad figures, one point five metres tall, were present.  Helmets resembling opaque fish-balls hid their faces.  The witness took a step in their direction and the figures did the same.  Then one figure beckoned him.  He panicked, jumped on his bike and raced off, only to be followed by the object, before it finally shot off into the air.

Source: 1.  Victorian UFO Research Society. (VUFORS.)
 2.  AFSR (Vic), No 8. pp44-45.
 3.  FSR14/2.

Sep 1967 Clare, SA 1800hrs Collins (33:50, 138:37)

A really bright light was observed at a height of one metre some forty to sixty metres distance, by a Mrs Collins.  She ran to get her husband, but on coming back, the object lifted off the ground vertically, then shot off very fast over hills.  It had appeared only as a white oval shape.

Source: 1.  UFORFNQ.

30 Oct 1967 Boyup Brook, WA 2130hrs 1M Spargo (33:50, 116:23)

A man travelling at one hundred km/hr along a quiet stretch of road became aware of a lighted object approaching him from the air.  Almost immediately the car stopped dead and all the electrical system, lights, motor and radio went dead.  There was no feeling of deceleration at all, but the car came to an instant stop.  When the car stopped he noticed that he was immersed in a beam of light which seemed to come from a tube, which in turn issued from the object.  After about five minutes the tube of light closed off, just like a torch being switched off.  The object itself was some ten metres in diameter and about thirty metres up in the air.  The tube came out of it at a forty five degree angle and focussed right on the driver.  The colour was reported as iridescent blue.  After the tube of light went out the object left at high speed in a westerly direction.  It vanished from view in seconds.

The reporter then stated that the vehicle was then doing the same speed as before it all began, i.e. one hundred km/hr.  However, there had been no feeling of acceleration from stop to that speed.  There was no noise from the object at any stage.

Source:  1.  Interview notes of Dr Paul Zeck, Perth 1967.
 2.  The West Australian newspaper 1 Nov 1967 p7.
 3.  AFSR (V). No 8. p18.

Nov 1967 St George-Mitchell, QLD 2030hrs Morris/Linden (28:03,148:35)

Two people were driving along when they saw an object four metres high by five metres long, hovering just off the ground in a nearby paddock.  There was a doorway in front and a foldup hatchway which led to the ground.  It was firstly a green/blue colour, then changed to a silver colour. As they drove close, it took off.

Source: UFOSH p120.

4 Nov 1967 Brisbane, QLD Wallace (27:28, 153:01)

A Mr J Wallace was taking pictures of his girlfriend in a garden when an object appeared.  He claimed he took eight pictures.  Investigation by UFOR(Qld) cast doubt on the authenticity of the photographs and it is believed they were a hoax.

Source: 1.  UFORQLD.
 2.  UFOSH p 120.

15 Nov 1967 Yerecoin, WA 1830hrs Pool (30:55, 116:23)

Alan Pool, aged 43, was in a vehicle 1.6km from his farmhouse, in a paddock, when he heard a loud humming/whirring noise.  He then saw an object which he estimated as 0.8km away and 120m above the ground.  It was approaching rapidly from the east.  It then hovered next to his vehicle, only a few centimetres above the ground.  In colour it was grey like metal.  It was 3.6m in diameter, and 1.5m high.  It had six “portholes” the two in the centre were square and the two on each side were round.  There was no visible signs of propulsion.  He partly opened his vehicle’s door, and the object departed rapidly.  Looking up there was nothing visible.  The grass was undisturbed where the object had hovered.  There were no burn marks.  There were no electromagnetic effects to his vehicle; and no reported after effects to him.  It was reported to the police and the RAAF.

Source: 1.  The West Australian newspaper 17 Nov, 1967 pp1 & 13.
 2.  APRO Bulletin Nov-Dec 1967 p5.
 3.  AFSR. No 8. p13.

1967/68 Clare, SA (33:50,138:37)

A story circulated about a disc landing and a hairy dwarf being seen to jump out and disappear into the ground.

Source:  Keith Basterfield.

1968 Jarvis Bay, NSW

A man was flying at 20-30,000 feet in the company of three other aircraft, each having two pilots.  They sighted an unknown aircraft in their airspace.  One of the planes diverted to intercept the unknown.  As they got within 8km of it, the object took off at speed, in a southerly direction.  All eight pilots had witnessed this object, so they filed a report of the incident.  Later other reports were filed regarding similar sightings in the area.  They were later informed that the object had been an RAAF Neptune (a plane that does not fly over 10,000 feet) on an exercise.

1968 Cairns, QLD (16:55,145:46)

Someone on an aircraft flying from Cairns to Iron Range is said to have taken a movie film of an object pacing the plane.

Source: 1.  UFOSH. p121.
 2. UFO Research Far North Queensland.

1968 Wynyard, TAS (41:00, 145:44)

Early one morning a man arose and upon going outside observed what appeared to be a Zeppelin hovering over Table Cape.  Through windows he saw people moving about.  He went back inside.

Source:  TUFOIC TA79109.

1968 Smithfield, NSW (33:53, 151:13)

A twenty one year old woman walking home across a small park saw an object about one hundred metres away.  It was moving at low speed. Arriving home she got out a telescope and saw it as a disc with a square window on the top portion.  In this window she watched a black figure with arms outstretched, silhouetted by yellow light.

Source: UFORNSW NA72036.

Jan 1968 Orford, TAS Ca. 2100hrs (42:34, 147:52)

A family were taking a weekend trip around Tasmania travelling on the east coast.  The husband was driving the vehicle at fifty five to sixty five km/hr when upon rounding a curve a bright light came over the driver's side.  It was a yellowish light but the actual source was not visible. Seconds later the vehicle's lights dimmed for one to two hundred metres.  The bright light went out and the vehicle's lights returned to normal.  Further on, round a sweeping bend the same thing happened. However, when he came out of the bend and onto the straight, the lights had failed altogether. This took place over fifteen to twenty seconds. The driver stopped the car to investigate.  However, the yellow light had gone by this time and the headlights came back on by themselves.

Source: TUFOIC

8 Feb 1968 Koorda, WA 1000hrs Stephens (30:50, 117:29)

A Mr Stephens was ploughing a paddock when his dog ran off.  He looked up and saw an orange-red, circular object moving along, only four metres off the ground, less than six hundred metres away.  It seemed to be travelling about fifty km/hr. It didn't appear to have any windows or lights.  Finally it was lost to sight over a hill three hundred metres away to the south-south-east.

Source: UFOSH p163.

24 Apr 1968 Heyfield, VIC (37:59, 146:47)

At 0440hrs, the truck in which two sanitary collectors were travelling in, broke down, some two kilometres from Heyfield.  They were thinking about getting a tow when they saw a string of red lights approaching.  They stood on the bonnet of the truck to get a view when the lights didn't get any closer.  It had a row of red lights and a dome with a light on the top.  Next day they found an area of wilted grass.

Source:  UFOSH p. 86.

At 0330EST Mr Whelan’s truck broke down.  He and a Mr Lord observed a banana-shaped object to their east.  It appeared to be like the lights of a semi-trailer coming towards them, but never actually reaching them.  It then appeared to rise into the air and move very slowly in an easterly direction.  Duration estimated as between 0.75 and 2 hours.  The next day at 0430EST the two men plus a Mr Hemphill reported seeing the same object from the Heyfield Railway Station.  Last seen at 0630EST.  The RAAF investigation stated that the men saw the Moon which was in the last quarter stage.

Source:  NAA A703 580/1/1 part 9 pp 214-221.

4 May 1968 Launceston, TAS 1M Blyth

White light seen by aircraft pilot while landing.  Moved E.  Lost upon aircraft descent.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 10 pp 214-215.

10 May 1968 Coogee Beach, NSW 1700hrs (33:53,151:13)

A rocket-like object is reported to have risen up out of the water, rotated three hundred and sixty degrees, inclined and then shot off towards the north according to the photographer.  One shot was taken with panchromatic film at 1/250th second.  It shows a blurred rocket like shape with no surrounding ground or sky features.

Source: APIC Bulletin No 4.

Jul/Aug 1968 Cairns, QLD (16:55, 145:46)

North Queensland radio station 4K2 announced that an airliner flying from Cairns to Iron Range had been paced by a UFO.  It was photographed by means of a movie camera.

Source: UFOSH p121.

Aug 1968 Smithton, TAS 0000hrs 1M CE1 (40:50, 145:08)

A commercial pilot was driving home when he saw a very bright light some seventy five metres ahead and thirty metres up in the air.  It had a bluish-white glow and he heard a swishing sound.  The light paced him for four kilometres.  He increased speed to one hundred and sixty km/hr then dropped back to seventy five km/hr, but the object still paced him.  Finally he turned a curve in the road and the object was lost to view.

Source:  TUFOIC

11 Aug 1968 Taree, NSW (31:54, 152:29)

A photograph was submitted to the RAAF and included in their annual summary.  Their conclusion was "falsified picture."

Source:  RAAF annual summary 1968.

22 August 1968 Zanthus, WA 1740hrs 10mins 2M Smith & Gardin

Aircraft VH-RTO was flying a charter run between Adelaide and Perth.  Was at 8000 feet, 190-195 knots, tracking 270 degrees magnetic.  Gardin saw a UFO and woke Smith.  Ahead of the aircraft at the same level and 50 degrees to the right of Smith’s seat, Smith said “I saw, a formation of aircraft.  In the middle was a large aircraft, and formatted to the right and left and above, were 4 or 5 smaller aircraft.”  Kalgoorlie DCA advised them there was no traffic in the area.  Then radio communications were lost. 

“Main ship split into two sections still maintaining the same level, and the smaller aircraft then flew out left and right...At this time there appeared to be about 6 smaller aircraft taking turns of going out and coming back and formatting in the two halves... Sometimes the two halves joined and split, and the whole cycle continued for 10 minutes... smaller craft had a constant cigar shape... At 0950 GMT the whole formation joined together as if at a single command.  Then departed at a tremendous speed... departed in about 3 or 4 seconds, diminishing in size till out of sight.”

Weather was fine, no haze above 5000 feet, 2/8 alto stratus to the south.  Immediately after the departure of the objects radio communications resumed.

Source: 1.  The West Australian 24 Aug 1968 p.13.
 2.  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 10 pp 145, 160, 218-223.
 3.  Flying Saucer Review 24(5):9-10
 4.  The Daily News, Perth, 23 Aug 1968.
 5.  Interview with Gardin 2011, by Keith Basterfield.) [Not in RAAF summary]

7 Sep 1968 Hove, SA Day Hoax (34:56, 138:36)

A black and white picture was taken and shows a "coat hanger" shaped, small angular sized, black "saucer".  Taken by a student, who later admitted it was a hoax.

Source:  UFORSA.

9 September 1968 RAAF Laverton, VIC 1628hrs 1min 1m Gref

RAAF pilot in a Sabre aircraft saw an object below and to his left.  Thought it was a Mirage aircraft, which travelled rapidly and was lost into cloud.  Seemed to be just above cloud tops which were at 5000 feet.  Pilot checked Melbourne radar and Avalon airfield-there were no aircraft in the area.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 9 pp 20-23.).  [Refraction of light in canopy]

18 October 1968 Darwin, NT 1417Z 7mins RAF aircrew

A RAF Hercules aircraft no 9651 took off from Darwin.  When at 1500 feet, heading 290 degrees, the crew made a visual observation of a light which they took to be another aircraft.  This aircraft showed white lights "Presumed to be those from fuselage windows."  But did not have any navigation or anti-collision beacons.

This aircraft crossed the path of the Hercules from right to left in front of the Hercules.  The crew estimated its height to be 2500 feet.  The radar on the Hercules indicated a target at 15 miles range, estimated speed 200 knots, travelling on a heading of 230-250 degrees magnetic.  Its estimated size was at least that of the Hercules.  No unauthorised aircraft were in the area.

A check revealed that ground radar was not operating at the time.  No additional information was gained from DCA, Met, Navy, Customs or ASIO.  No unscheduled aircraft landed at Broome, Derby, Port Headland or Wyndham.

In a memo dated 1 Nov 68 Penrith to Dept of Air ref 5/2/7/Air (86) & 5/15/1/Air (26).  "The fact that the sighting was made by experienced RAF aircrew and detected by the aircraft’s radar leaves very little doubt that an aircraft was in the area.  As the aircraft has not been identified, the possibility of the violation of our national airspace cannot be discounted."

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 10 pp 197-203, 205.  [Unidentified aircraft]

13 Nov 1968 Darwin, NT 120hrs 53mins 1m M Byrne

A Met. Officer at Darwin Airport detected an object on radar.  "A fairly strong paint on PPI." "Appeared as a definite echo, observer first thought it to be a helicopter because of slow speed."  Height 7000-7500 feet.  Speed 17-25 knots.  "Object appeared to come directly towards observer then reverse to SW."  "Lost in permanent echoes." Two other people attempted a visual observation through binoculars.  No sighting was made.  Report includes weather details and radar tracking data.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part10 pp 176-182.  [Flock of birds]

18 Nov 1968 Hill River, SA 2 wits/1M/1F (35:50,138:37)

Two children watched a sixty centimetres long by twenty five centimetres thick football shaped light, golden in colour pass within fifty metres of them and appear to land in a paddock.  A spot was later found flattened in a one point five metre oval.  It was "tangled in a corkscrew fashion as if a giant top had been spinning on the spot."  

Source: 1.  Personal investigation Keith Basterfield.
 2. Pix-People 1(4), 1972.

28 Dec 1968 Goulburn, NSW 1M (34:45,149:43)

A craft, twelve metres in diameter and three metres high was seen by a man.  He approached the craft and saw a being about one hundred and sixty seven centimetres tall, with long hair and youngish features, wearing silver coloured clothes.  The man spoke to the being for three minutes, and the being responded in English.  The being indicated he came from Saturn.  After awhile the object left.

Source:  Sun Herald 26 Jan 1969.

1968 or 1969 Walcha, NSW 5mins 2F (30:59, 151:35)

Two girls went out to see why the family dog was barking.  They rushed into the house in a frightened state saying they had seen a small man walking out the side gate.  The whole family went outside and they saw a large red circular object hovering over the front gate.  After five minutes it moved away.

Source:  Bill Chalker.

Ca. 1969 Near Penrith, NSW multi wits (33:45, 150:42)

John Squire, said he and some friends noticed a huge ball of fire, appear in a paddock, about one hundred metres away.  Suddenly the fire went out and a row of lights flickered on and they saw a huge disc.  Windows were evident and through them human shaped beings could be seen moving about.  After five minutes the object rose and left.

Source:  Psychic Australian Sep 1976.

14 Jan 1969 Childers, QLD 0430hrs multi wits/Vas (25:14, 152:17)

Awoken by the frenzied barking of their dog, a migrant family heard a noise like a big swarm of wasps.  Going outside their caravan they saw a twenty five metre "sombrero hat" shape giving off a violent glow.  Three "men" descended in a tiny craft similar in shape to the large one.  These men seemed to be three times the size of a normal human being.  They gave off a violet-yellowish glow, as they collected plants and sugar cane which were sucked up into the large craft via transparent tube.  After ten minutes the men re-entered their ship which took off.  As it did so the hair on the family's heads and arms stood up. 

Source: 1.  North Queensland Register 18 Jan 1969.
 2.  Adelaide News 17 Jan 1969.
 3.  FSR 18/1/26.

14 Jan 1969 Brooklyn Park, SA (34:56, 138:36)

A man found a five metres, partial diamond shaped marking on his lawn after rain. The marking consisted of an oily substance which later turned to a powder.  Believed to be slime mould.

Source:  UFORSA.

18 Jan 1969 Between Singapore and Perth 2345hrs 1wit

Commercial airline pilots at ten thousand metres saw a slowly descending light, changing from white to yellow, from level to two degrees below the aircraft, on a bearing of two hundred and sixty.  Duration five to ten minutes.  RAAF investigation suggested a possible cause was the planet Saturn.

Source:  NAA A703 580/1/1 part 11 pp177-180.

27 Jan 1969 Wasleys, SA (34:28,138:41)

Two days after hearing unusual footsteps walking around a concrete path on his farm and after seven point five centimetres of rain fell, a man found a five point nine metres (inside) diameter ring with a thirty centimetres bare band of soil on its perimeter.  Suspected fungus ring.

Source:  UFORSA.

Jan/Feb 1969 Tuckurimba, NSW (29:41, 152:56)

A Mr and Mrs H G McCaughey found a charred, four point nine metres diameter circle in a grass paddock.  Originally the circle appeared to be blackened by "intense heat."

Source:  Bill Chalker.

Feb 1969 Elizabeth Park, SA (34:56, 138:36)

Patches of a black, oily substance were found on a lawn in the early morning.  Later it had changed to a light grey crystallised material.  Suspected slime mould.

Source:  UFORSA.

5 Feb 1969 Parkholme, SA (34:56, 138:36)

A deposit was noticed on a lawn which appeared like ash from a fire.  On the 9th the colour was a bluish grey and when the grass was shaken a "black dust" was dislodged profusely.  The following day the deposit had turned to a yellowish jelly.  However, by the 11th it had returned to its original state.

Source:  UFORSA.

10 Feb 1969 Parkholme, SA (34:56,138:36)

A nearly complete doughnut shaped circle of a substance was noted on a lawn about 6.45 a.m.  The deposit was ten to thirteen centimetres wide and about three to three point six metres in diameter.

Source:  Personal investigation Keith Basterfield.

17 Feb 1969 Flinders Park, SA 0250hrs 1F/Ballestrina (34:56, 138:36)

A noise which sounded like a "whirr" woke up a woman, who then looked out of a window to see an unusual object in an adjacent area.  It appeared about one hundred metres away, and was some ten metres across.  A "man" emerged from the shadows and walked around the object.  This figure was about one point eight metres tall, lean, had light coloured hair and wore white overalls.  He walked around the object several times before the woman ran to get neighbours.  When they all returned the object had gone. 

Source: 1.  AFSRS.
 2.  UFORSA.
 3.  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 11 pp 67-71.

19 Feb 1969 Omagh Road, NSW (28:49, 153:16)

A six metres circular area was found inside a six metres wide cattle corridor enclosed at both ends by water troughs.  There was a thirty centimetre wide circular band which seemed scorched, with four distinct squares of forty five centimetre sides.

Source: Northern Star Lismore 27 Feb 1969.

19 Feb 1969 Goolmangar Creek, NSW (28:43, 153:14)

Children discovered a "nest".

Source: UFOIC.  Personal comm to Bill Chalker.

19 Feb 1969 14 mls S of Norseman, WA (32:12, 121:47) 1M Rose

A 43-year-old company representative was driving saw what appeared to be car headlights.  Topping a rise he saw a glowing white-blue light hovering at tree level.  The light followed him and he accelerated to 80mph.  After 2 miles he stopped the car and got out.  The object veered away.  The witness had left the car door open and the car was filled with leaves and dust when the object sped away.  DCA said there were no aircraft in the area.

Source:  The West Australian 21 Feb 1969 p.8.

22 Feb 1969 Afterlea, NSW O’Neil (28:49, 153:16)

A Mr B O'Neil found an impression in a swamp.  Elliptical in shape, nine metres by three point six metres, with reeds flattened and entangled, it wasn't scorched.  From the impression, four flattened tracks led out with small half moon depressions at the end.

Source:  Northern Star Lismore 27 Feb 1969.

22 Feb 1969 Grafton, NSW (29:41, 152:56)

A "burnt" circle covered with 'ash' was found on the morning after a sighting.  Examination of samples by the Dept of Agriculture indicated the circle was suffering from leaf smut.

Source:  Daily Examiner Grafton 25 Feb 1969.

22 Feb 1969 Renown Park, SA 0300hrs 2F/Daniel (34:56, 138:36)

A woman was awoken by what she took to be a strong gust of wind, but saw that her curtains were not moving.  A pyramid shape, sixty metres away, and six metres in diameter, dirty white in colour, was seen hovering close to the ground.  Her daughter also saw it.  They became frightened and went back to bed.

Source: 1.  AFSRS.
 2.  UFORSA.

23 Feb 1969 Tumbulgum, NSW (28:17, 153:28)

A perfect three point six metres diameter circle appeared on a lawn.  It was marked by grey black soot, and footprints led away from it.  The sooty substance was also on the leaves of plants.  The footprints led to a rose bush, a pear tree and then disappeared. Slime mould?

Source: 1.  Northern Star Lismore 27 Feb 1969.
 2.  UFOSH p121 date incorrect.

2 & 4 Mar 1969 Tully, QLD (17:56, 145:56)

A movie film was linked to a UFO detector and was triggered thus exposing the movie film.  Subsequently the film was forwarded to Kodak for developing but was never seen again.

Source:  Stan Seers. UFORQLD.

10 Mar 1969 Christies Beach, SA 1F (34:56, 138:36)

During the night a housewife was awoken by a loud bang.  A marking was later found which consisted of three twenty two centimetre diameter circles, spaced in an equilateral triangle, of sides twelve point six seven metres in length.

Source:  UFORSA.

21 Mar 69 Kalgoorlie, WA 8mins 1M Rich

Object high up in sky. Seemed like big orange.  Sharp white flickering lights in middle.  From E to S then N then to W. then disappeared.  On 25 May saw same object.

52 is a letter Flt Martin HQ RAAF Butterworth 7 Jul 6.  Your letter, diagram, photo and slide sent to DOA.  53 is a memo Flt Martin to DOA 7 Jul 69 re 52.

Source: NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 12 pp48-53.

Apr 1969 Swan Creek, NSW (29:41, 152:56)

A series of deep depressions were found in the centre of some flattened saccaline crop on the north-west side of a road.

Source:  Daily Examiner Grafton 24 Apr 1969.

4 Apr 1969 Bungawalban, NSW (29:41, 152:56)

A saucer-shaped ring was found on the property of a Mr K Reed.

Source:  UFOIC.

17 Apr 1969 Bungawalban, NSW (29:41, 152:56)

Four flattened areas in a saccaline crop were discovered.  The largest was eighteen by four and a half metres.  All the stalks of the four point three metre tall crop lay in a north to south direction.  There were no indications of footprints or tracks and the previous night had been quiet and still.  Two men working the night shift on a flood mitigation dredge, about four hundred metres north of the site, near a main road, observed a glow in the sky in the direction of the saccaline patch, on the night of April 16th.  A neighbouring farmer had also observed "top-like objects" hovering (or moving about) in the area, on a number of nights prior to the discovery of the impressions.

Source: 1.  Daily Examiner Grafton 19, 21 and 22 Apr 1969.
 2. Personal Communication to Bill Chalker, and from G Tesla.

20 Apr 1969 Harwood Island, NSW 1930hrs 1wit (29:26, 153:15)

Sugar cane rustled as a UFO arrived and departed. During the sighting the object hovered three metres above the cane.  The witness was certain that there was some flattening of the crop, but did not attempt to verify this.

Source:  Bill Chalker.

22 Apr 69 Bass Strait 1919hrs 4secs 1M Rayment

Airline pilot.  Bright white round balls with 2-3 very small incandescent balls trailing.  Lost in mid-air.

Source: NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 1 pp 208-209.

24 Apr 1969 Greenacre, NSW 1930hrs 3 wits (33:53, 151:13)

A woman, her young daughter and a taxi driver, reported seeing three tall humanoids in a football shaped object which hovered over a floodlit field.  The taxi driver then drove the vehicle away.

Source: 1.  David Reneke.
 2.  UFORNSW Newsletter No 31. Jun/Jul 1971.

May 1969 Alberton, SA 1M/Matthew (34:56, 138:36)

A Mr E Matthew took some movie footage of a light in the sky.  When the film was returned he noted an unusual object instead of the light.  This image was enlarged by microphotography and it has been said that it shows an elliptical object with apparent "window" and "entity."

Source: 1.  Pix-People magazine 1 Dec 1971 (pics).
 2.  UFO Research Australia Newsletter 2/4.

12 May 1969 Casino, NSW 15mins (28:52, 153:03)

After a sighting lasting ten to fifteen minutes of a low level UFO in heavy rain, the witness verified a faint luminous patch was visible for over half an hour after the object had left.  Next morning no traces or marks were evident.

Source: 1.  UFOIC. Northern Star Lismore 15 May 1969.  2.  ACOS Bulletin 10 p 20.

19 May 1969 Steven's Weir, NSW 0400hrs 255mins 1M/Allan (35:32, 144:57)

A profesional Deniliquin photographer, Geoff Allan, said he took thirteen pictures of a UFO.  He used a 35mm camera with telephoto lens to take snaps between 4 am and 8.15 am. It was silvery white in colour and brighter than anything else in the sky.

Source: UFOIC.

22 May 1969 Glenorchy, TAS 1M/Lange

Mr G Lange noted a bright glowing six point five metre by three metre high, white object with windows, hovering over the ground in his backyard.  He rushed outside but the object had gone, leaving a scorched circle three point five metres by two point five metres wide.  There was no sound and no radioactivity was found.

Source:  TUFOIC.

23 May 69 Kalamunda, WA 1F Cosgrove + ATC

At 1101, 1108, 1115, 1118, 1136 & 1142z, ATC radar-strong stationary paint 300 deg 9NM from Kalamunda.  Seen at same time as object like a "big street slight" reported over Cloverdale by a Mrs Cosgrove.  Radar returns were strong-stationary.  Met. Radar at Perth also had unusual returns but times/dates did not tally with above.  Return from this latter radar could have been due to inversion over OTC antennas on ground.

Mrs Cosgrove 1835hrs (1035z) of Cloverdale WA. Blue/white light, with red light on top from SE 12 deg el.  Very fast but slow at other times.  Stopped overhead for 15mins then left at speed to N.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 11 pp 238-241.

Jun 1969 Devon Park, SA Early morning 1M (34:56, 138:36)

A butcher took four black and white photos of a "mass of spinning lights" close to his house.  The shots are clear and seem to show a solid disc shape.  However, although a copy of all four shots are held on file the negatives appear to have been mislaid by the photographer.  Blowups of these shots show light and shade.  Although there has been some criticism of the shots, they remain of an unidentified nature.

Source:  UFORSA.

Jun 1969 Perth, WA Day (31:57, 115:51)

Three men claim to have photographed an object over the Perth suburb of Maddington.  They later admitted it was a hoax.

Source:  Undated Perth newspaper of about June 1969.

4 Jun 1969 Ballarat, VIC 1M (37:34, 143:51)

An amateur astronomer was taking a picture of the Moon through a six inch reflector telescope.  Upon developing the picture, a large white boomerang shape object appeared, casting a shadow on the Moon's surface.  Several opinions ranging from a hoax to a developing faulty have been offered.  No positive identification has been made.

Source:  Aust UFO Report Aug 71.

4 Jun 1969 Eden Valley, SA 1835hrs 1M/Koch (34:29, 139:06)

Mr G. Koch, sixteen, was driving along the Angaston road when about two kilometres north-west of Eden Valley an object passed soundlessly over the top of his car.  It was described as a series of red lights in two parallel lines connected by pure white horizontal rays.  The following day he reported finding three circular scorch marks on the bonnet of his car which had not been there before.

Source:  AFSRS.

5 Jul 1969 Roleystone, WA

(a)   1640hrs 40mins 2 wits Spackman DO/Photo

Silver metallic object several times larger than Moon 20-25 deg el.  Object turned and banked frequently.  Disappeared into cloud in W.  (see 45-47).  Polaroid 180 camera used to take photo.  RAAF: "May have been a hoax...two enlarged prints are included."

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/ part 12 pp 95-99.

(b)   1700hrs Fleeting 1F Martin DO

A 33 year old secretary was travelling by car and nearly ran over a man who ran out of scrub, gazing upward.  Witness looked forward and up to see a silver, metallic mushroom (elliptical) shape in the sky.  It was contoured underneath with a short cubic stem. It seemed to glide/cruise along.  No noise.  Seemed to slowly gyrate.  Lost behind her high over a road rise.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 12 pp45-47.

August 1969 Adelaide, SA

A final year trainee at Adelaide airport was tracking a Fokker Friendship en route to Kangaroo Island.  Near Edithburgh a radar paint appeared twice the size of the Fokker.  As the plane approached a smaller paint emerged slowly into a direct collision course.  The objects passed by without incident.  The smaller paint moved back to the larger paint.  In one radar rotation the paint moved 70nm.  And within two radar rotations was out of radar range.

Source:  D McNamara AURA Hotline 3792 of 27 Dec 2004.

5 Aug 1969 18NM NW of Melbourne, VIC 0907z 15mins 4 wits incl Rothwell

40 year old airline pilot and first officer plus 2 hostesses were at 18000 feet and climbing saw a green fluorescent light 30 deg port of aircraft tracking 322 deg M az.  Approx 20-30 deg el. 2-3 times size of full Moon.  Stationary.  Last seen from 10NM E of Bendigo at 18500 feet same position el and az.  Gradually faded from view.  RAAF-WRE sodium vapour rocket experiment.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 12 pp 101-107.

24 Aug 1969 Moonah-Chigwell, TAS Early morning 1M/Lodge

During the small hours of the night while driving, a Mr Lodge spotted a round bright object moving towards him.  A still photo was taken but the object moved behind a ridge at the same instant.  Colour slide.

Source:  TUFIOC Newsletter reports for 1969.

29 Aug 1969 Amberley, QLD 1335hrs

Numerous reports of a balloon-like object to the south.  A Canberra aircraft located a balloon over Milmerran at 6,000 feet.  The Balloon Launching Station at Mildura reported launching a balloon on 25 August which failed to self-destruct and instead floated over SE Queensland.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1/ part 12 pp 108 & 111.

3 Nov 1969 Windsor, SA 3 wits CE2 (34:25,138:20)

Three children reported seeing a two metres long "egg" with a tail and four legs, flying around in circles which apparently landed on a back road.  A diamond shaped trace was found.  There were three circular holes, two and a half centimetres apart in the centre.  At one end of the diamond was a small diamond shaped area not dug out (the rest of the trace was two and a half centimetres deep).  There was a line seven and a half centimetres long which curved away from this end of the diamond.  There were three of these shapes, one smaller than the others.

Source:  AFSRS Mag Dec 1969.

7 Dec 1969 Windsor, SA (34:25, 138:20)

After a reported observation of an unusual object, an area of grass was found flattened in a ten metres circle.  The object was said to be hovering one metre off the ground and some fifty metres away.

Source:  AFSRS Mag Dec 1969.

1970 Tasmania

A pastoralist had to dive his light aircraft to avoid an object.

Source: Tasmania: A UFO History. 2012 p.19.

1970 Wortham Park Station, QLD 0300hrs 2M

Two men were out camping at three in the morning and watched a light moving around.  They flashed a spotlight on it, and it moved and came to rest two hundred metres away, only thirteen or so metres above the ground.  One man approached it to within thirty metres.  It was described as twenty metres wide by eight metres deep, with windows.  Through the windows he said he could see a silhouette of a human form looking out.  The man then retreated to his companion.

Source:  UFO Research Far North Queensland. (UFORFNQ.) QB87011

Ca. 1970 Midlands, TAS multi wits

A group of people in a car were returning home after a late party.  They were reportedly followed by a disc shaped object, which extended a ladder below it.  A man like figure was seen.

Source:  TUFOIC.

29 Jun 70 Sepik River, PNG 1720hrs 1M Keog

Pilot of F27 aircraft VH-FNK reported radar observation.  On descent from 12,500 feet noted echoes on radar 60 deg green to abeam his plane.  Radar scale set at 180nm and echoes appeared to be 60nm from plane and keeping station with him.  There were five cigar shaped objects.  With the radar scanner on maximum depression or elevation the echoes disappeared.  DCA advised there were no aircraft in the area.  File ref 69/4393.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1/ part 13 p53.  [Electro-meteorological phenomena]

22 Jul 70 40nm SE of Katherine, NT 2130hrs (10-12mins) 2M incl Harrington

Flying an aircraft tracking 325M at 8,500 feet QNH at 150 knots.  Sighted two objects for 2 minutes, one vertically above the other at 270 relative.  Same level as his aircraft-colour alternated between red and green.  At nearest approach they were at the same level as the plane + or — 1,000 feet-converged and moved towards rear.  Moved through 10 deg in 20 secs.  There was a stationary phase for 2 mins-relative to the plane.  Last seen-disappeared 20nm SE Katherine and re-appeared 5nm Katherine for 30 secs.  Finally lights went off "as if light switched off."  RAAF conclusion on form is: "The cause (or likely cause) of the sighting cannot be determined."

File note:  "Mr John Middleton, DCA Katherine, received an earlier report, from four more witnesses, by phone, from a work social club.  He reported that the witnesses sounded sober and reliable.  He will attempt to get names on 23 Jul 70.&

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 13 pp62 & 27-32.  [Aircraft]

Sep/Oct 1970 Sydney, NSW 1M (33:53, 151:13)

One night a man noticed a red/orange glow in the bush close to his home.  He took his dog and went to investigate.  Getting closer to it he saw a glow illuminating the area.  His dog became excited and dashed into the bush.  There next appears to be a discontinuity in his physical and emotional reactions – an apparent period of "missing time".  He next recalled seeing an owl fly past him and he could hear his own internal thought:  "There's something I should remember."  Strangely, he felt comfortable with this, lost interest in the glow and went home.  Regression in August and September 1992 uncovered that a typical abduction event occurred.  Additional childhood contacts also emerged.

Source: UFORA 91036.  Keith Basterfield, Julia Elsbeth and Peter Jones.

22 Feb 1970 Alice Springs, NT 1744hrs (23:42,133:52)

An aircraft crew sighted a bright white light on the ground about sixty five nautical miles south-south-west of Alice Springs.  The RAAF concluded it was a natural gas burn off at Palm Valley.

Source:  RAAF annual sightings summary 1970.

Mar 1970 Scottsdale, TAS 1M (41:10, 147:31)

A forestry worker was driving along when he saw a flash in the sky.  His car radio was overcome with static.  A soundless, green object, three times the angular size of the full Moon was seen to the rear of the vehicle, at an estimated two hundred metres distance.

Source:  TUFOIC.

23 May 1970 QLD NL/IFO?

An aircraft captain reported what appeared to be a searchlight beam of great intensity, estimated to be in the Alice Springs area.  The RAAF concluded it could have been a natural gas burn off.

Source:  RAAF annual sightings summary 1970.

Jun 1970 Emerald beach, NSW 0045hrs 1M (30:10, 153:11)

One night during June, a truck driver, travelling from Coffs Harbour to Grafton, saw a bright light on the ocean side of the highway in the area of Emerald Beach.  He observed the apparent source of the light as a circular object which rose from behind timber, some four hundred and fifty metres from the road.  It rose for a few seconds, then hovered for about half a minute at an estimated altitude of eighteen metres.  Relative to the trees the UFO appeared to be about nine metres in diameter, and what appeared to be flames were noticed along the bottom of the object.  The object then slowly returned to the ground.  The object was partly obscured by timber "while on (the) ground but still had light rays going up at an angle from top and sides."  The object was still on the ground when fear of the unknown forced the truck driver to leave the area.  The driver was able to provide three clear and widely spaced angles of view enabling triangulation to locate the site.

Six circles of stunted grass and fern growth with two of about nine point one metres diameter were found.  Analysis showed that there were little physical differences in the sandy loam, and u/v spectroscopy revealed no difference in chemical composition of the grass.  The others were six point four metres, two at four point six metres, and one at four point one metres The area also had a number of burnt and dead trees.

Source: 1.  Bill Chalker.
 2.  ACOSB No 9 p21.

2 Jun 70 Zanci Station NSW 60nm SE of Mildura(1930-200hrs) (15-20mins) 1M Vigar

Twenty year out spotlighting saw two small red lights and gave chase.  Got closer and saw a bright diamond shaped object.  Bright all over and larger than a semi-trailer standing on end.  There was an audible whistling sound.  He got to within 60 yards.  The object rose up and at 100 feet faded out but the sound continued for a while.  Mr Vigar revisited the spot the next day but there were no visible tracks.  RAAF conclusion: "If this is not a hoax and the object seen has been described correctly, then despite all efforts no explanation can be offered."

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 13 pp64-69 & 70.  [Unexplained]

29 Oct 1970 Hill River, SA 0100hrs 1M/Pink (33:50, 138:37)

A young boy noticed a cigar shape on the ground one hundred and fifty metres away from the house.  It was white, had four legs and seemed to be transparent in the middle.

Source:  Keith Basterfield.

3 Nov 1970 Boggabri, NSW (30:42,150:03)

A depression some two metres across was indented to a depth of fifteen centimetres with a central indentation about forty centimetres across.  The sides were as smooth as glass.  There were seven smaller holes around the edge of the main indentation.  A fine powdery substance at the base of the main hole and around the hole was indicated to be possibly a "dehydrated soil encrustment."

Source: 1.  Dr Michael Duggin, CSIRO.
 2.  Personal files Bill Chalker.

1971 Cairns, QLD 1M (16:55,145:56)

A young man was out looking for mushrooms and encountered an object on the ground.  The humanoid occupants conversed with him and he was given a ride.  The young man found that after the contact, triangular blue marks appeared on his hand.

Source:  Bill Chalker.

1971 Near Warragamba Dam, NSW 1wit (33:53, 150:36)

A hiker was woken from sleep by a loud humming.  In a clearing he saw an egg shaped structure, glowing with white light.  Dark, man-like figures were moving about the object.  The figures disappeared into the object, the glow died down and the object left.

Source:  Rex Gilroy.

16 Jan 71 Wee Waa, NSW 0300hrs 1wit

Flying aircraft at 200 feet crop dusting and saw two lights in the sky.  Pilot flashed his aircraft lights at them.  Lights sat off wing on parallel course.  One light faded other light lost as dull speck on W horizon.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 15 pp 29-35.

29 Apr 71 Richmond, NSW 1850hrs 150mins 1M Price

ATC.  Flashing red, green and white 1.5sec duration 035 deg az 8miles at nearest approach 5000-6000 feet.  Slow drift from 035 deg az to 025 deg az.  Last seen 7 deg el 025 deg az.  Was three times the size of Venus.  Radar contact at 1910hrs "Contact painted similar to small fabric aircraft on both azimuth and elevation scopes. Contact terminated at 1935hrs."  Clear sky.  Sydney radar had a faint trace.  RAAF: "This Headquarters has no explanation of what the sighting may have been."

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/ part 14 pp 141-146.

May 1971 Strahan, TAS 2200hrs multi wits/Rean (42:09, 145:19)

A family were travelling home when they were startled by the appearance of a bright light above the road.  Their vehicle's lights failed and the driver switched off the engine.  They got out to have a look, then got back in again and the car's lights came back on by themselves.  As they drove on, the mystery light kept its speed to theirs.  It disappeared when they were almost in Queenstown.

Source:  TUFOIC TA79134.

22 May 1971 Norwood, TAS 2030hrs 1wit

A motorist reported seeing a three metre object with dull white, blue and red lights touching down near the roadside fifty metres away, then disappearing upwards.  It had quickly come down out of nowhere, then after ten seconds went up and was gone.  Its lights seemed to go out when it reached one hundred and fifty metres.  A flattened area of broken and twisted undergrowth was reportedly found, twisted to the right, over a three metres wide area.

Source: 1.  The Examiner Launceston 5 Jun 1971.
 2.  TUFOIC TA71005.
 3.  FSR Case histories (FSRCH) Sup 7., Oct 1971. p13.

23 May 1971 Cethana, TAS 1930hrs 1M/Riley

Mr Riley saw a round red light some thirty to fifty metres away and some thirty metres above the road, to the right hand side of the vehicle he was driving.  The light soundlessly crossed the road in front of him and disappeared behind some tall trees.

Source: 1.  TUFOIC TA71006.
 2.  FSRCH 7. Oct 1971. p13.

25 May 1971 Lynchford, TAS (42:05, 145:33)

A man was woken by a loud humming noise.  Two days later a large flattened area was found associated with several smaller patches.

Source:  TUFOIC.

27 May 71 Cowes, Phillip Island, VIC 1801EST (3-5 secs) 1wit/Brooke

Captain on Fokker Friendship 13000 feet.  Very bright white ball E to W at 30 deg N. Comet-like trail.  Dropped to 20 deg.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 15 pp 2-7.

18 Jun 71 Burketown, QLD 1838hrs 17mins Multi wits

An object resembling an illuminated cigar shaped object (pointed at both ends) was seen to the NE.  It was orange to red colour and lastly a clear light colour.  Seemed eight feet long.  Sighted W of Burketown on the southern side of the setting Sun.  Clear sky.  Travelled N to S slowly.  Stationary a moment then lost altitude before went to the E towards Burketown for a few minutes then again changed direction to the SW.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 16 pp165-172.

20 Jun 1971 Clare, SA 2100hrs (33:50, 138:37)

One photo was taken of a red light, through a small telescope, using a Polaroid camera.  The print merely shows two blobs of light and is almost worthless.

Source:  UFORSA.

9 Jul 1971 Wilmot, TAS 1930hrs 1wit/Williams (41:23, 146:11)

A white, four point eight by one point two metre, oval shaped object was seen in a paddock at a distance of three hundred metres.  It moved as witnesses tried to approach it.  No traces were found.

Source:  TUFOIC TA71012.

1 Aug 1971 Triabunna, TAS 2325hrs 1wit CE1 (42:30, 147:55)

A motorist reported that a nine by twelve metre, white, oval object with a red glow below, rose from the roadside.  It took off and sped to the south and was lost to sight.

Source:  TUFOIC TA71013.

1-2 Aug 1971 Gladstone, QLD 1M/1F (23:51, 151:16)

A Finnish couple, Ben and Helen K. left Gladstone at about 11.35 p.m. and upon arrival in Rockhampton found that only forty minutes had passed on a trip which would normally have taken much longer.  In addition to the rapid trip, they could not recall passing through intervening towns, although they did recall seeing an unusual green light at one stage.  Their 1971 Valiant sedan was reportedly covered with a thin film of odourless oil, and unusual marks were noted on the car's bonnet.  Attempts at hypnotising the couple were unsuccessful.

Source: Chalker, Bill. (1984).  "Australian Interrupted Journeys."  UFO Research Australia Newsletter 5(2):14-23.  Initially presented as part of a lecture at UFOCON Four, Sydney, Oct 79 & published in the MUFON Journal Aug 1980.

8 Aug 1971 Kadina, SA 1835hrs (2-3 mins) 1M/Boyce (33:58, 137:43)

A Mr Boyce, fifty one, left Wallaroo and was driving back to Kadina, alone in his car.  About five kilometres out of town his surroundings were illuminated by an orange hue.  Suddenly the engine stopped and the lights went out.  The ignition light on the dashboard failed to come on, and despite efforts the engine could not be restarted.  He steered the car to the side of the road and braked to a halt.  Getting out he saw, at fifty metres altitude, an oval shape with three to four "windows".  It was stationary, almost directly above the car.  It remained motionless for two to three minutes with a continuous buzzing sound being audible.  It then left to the south-east.  Before it was completely out of sight, he got in the car and started the engine, with the lights then coming on.

Source:  Keith Basterfield.

20 Sep 71 NE corner of South Australia en route to Sydney. 2005z 10mins 2M Ballard & Eeetel

At 10 deg el. 210 deg az. appeared an object dense vapour condensate trail.  Lost 10 deg el 235 deg az.  Placed it SW corner of Lake Eyre. RAAF: An "Aero High" launch from Woomera.  20 Sep 71 NE corner of South Australia en route to Sydney.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 15 pp132 & 138-144.

8 Nov 71 Woomera, SA 1315hrs 15 secs 1M Murphy

Murphy was tracking a pre-launch meteorological balloon through an optical theodolite.  Balloon was situated almost due East of range E (? Difficult to read document) at 6900m and bearing 088.4 True and 37.7 deg el.  The balloon and its attached target were backgrounded by thin lines of cloud.  As the balloon moved slowly to the left side of the lens Murphy noted an object moving away from the balloon to the right of the lens.  He initially thought that the target had separated from the balloon.  He then tracked this object for 15 seconds.  It was moving at a constant speed in a shallow upward curve.  It was shaped like a cross.  He concluded it was an aircraft.  Light bluish grey in colour.  Outline was reasonably well defined.  Small image size.  Image was twice the size of the balloon target and similar in size to the balloon (which was 10-15 feet diameter).  Its ‘fuselage’ and "wings" appeared to be of uniform thickness and length.  No evidence of engines or tail.  DCA reported there was a BOAC 707 at 37000 feet at 150-200 miles SE of Leigh Creek at the time.

"Two most likely explanations of this incident are:

(a)    A mistaken identification of the object seen by Murphy through his theodolite

(b)    A flight across the prohibited area by an aircraft for which a flight plan had not been submitted to DCA."

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 16 pp144-150.

Dec 1971 Tooligie Hill, SA (33:02, 135:42)

A two point two metres diameter, bare and doughnut shaped circle, with a forty five centimetre wide, ten centimeters deep, trough on its perimeter, turned up in a wheat field.  Soil samples revealed nothing abnormal.  The wheat had been swirled anti-clockwise around the mark itself.  Neighbours described seeing a red ball, of light descending into this paddock, the night before the mark was found.

Source:  Keith Basterfield.

14 Dec 1971 Waikerie, SA 2M (34:11, 139:59)

Two young men saw an animate object of humanoid appearance floating through trees in a sort of mist, only some twenty metres away.  It had a dog-like head, pointy ears and a long nose.  It was some two metres tall with a lumpy body.  The men moved to another point where they saw a large object, the size of a truck, resting on the ground.  It was shaped like a half sphere and had windows.  The object just dissolved away.

Source:  John Burford.

20 Dec 1971 Woomera, SA 0650hrs 1M Sketcher

Met observer saw aircraft with the naked eye as a tiny silver dot ahead of a vapour trail.  Heading NE. No known aircraft in the area.

Source: NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 16 pp119-124 & 128-129.

1972 Camden, NSW (34:03, 150:42)

Late in 1972, a three year old child saw a lighted "boat" above her house at about 3 a.m.  Next morning her father noticed a dark patch of grass on the lawn in front of their house – about one point eight to two point four five metres in diameter.  The child described her observation as "a big boat had been on the roof.  It had a big light and went fast."  Dr Stevens pointed out that the "grey powder" found at the site was not a slime mould and has never been identified as a natural phenomenon.

Source: 1.  Dr Geoff Stevens case report: "Camden "grey powder" case" dated 19 Mar 1995.
 2.  UFOIC NL NO 43, Apr/May 75.

1972 Largs Bay, SA 1F (34:56, 138:36)

"Carol", a twenty seven year old, housewife, reported a lifelong series of experiences which commenced with a CE1 when she was aged six.  This was followed by other UFO experiences, poltergeist activity, telepathy, precognitive dreams, an out-of-body experience, lucid dreams, hypnagogic imagery and sleep paralysis episodes, amongst other things. Of particular interest was a recurrent nightmare of encounters with a strange dwarf in an unusual room.  Memories of some of these events were triggered after watching an "Unsolved mysteries" segment on abductions on television.

Under regression, recollection eventuated of one apparent abduction at age nine.  One night in 1972 she was getting ready for bed when she saw an entity outside her bedroom window.  One point two to one point five metres tall, it had a big head, a pointed chin, huge yellow eyes, a skinny little white coloured body which glowed, no nose or mouth, and no ears.  She was then somehow floated up to a light in the sky which became a UFO.  She has no recall of actually entering it, but next became aware of being in a room on a table. lying on her back.

There were a number of entities in this room, with one particular one leaning over her.  She could only see its head as it was very close by.  It had a big head, with a pointed chin, and dark black, almond shaped eyes and a yellow coloured body.  She felt these beings were "doctors."  A black "match" was applied to her leg above her right knee.  The closest being told her telepathically that: "It's all right.  Won't be long.  Won't hurt."

The shape in the ceiling, and the shapes behind the orange glow faded, and her next recollection was of being in her own bed.

Partial recollections of a second possible abduction at age fifteen, ran into a memory block.  A friend of hers participated in some of the experience which involved a light illuminating a cabin they were occupying.  Regression of this second woman confirmed parts of Carol's story but not the abduction.

The above material emerged at a time when the woman told me she was undergoing therapy for being an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse.

Source: UFORA 89036.  UFO Research SA/Keith Basterfield.

1972 Katoomba, NSW 2000hrs 1F/Eddellbuttel (33:43, 150:19)

At about 8 p.m. a Mrs Eddellbuttel observed an orange light moving above nearby trees, on their property-the Eddellbuttel piggery-situated on the Great Western Highway, just West of the famous Explorers Tree landmark and near cliffs overlooking the Megalong Valley in the blue Mountains.

The light appeared to descend among the trees behind some pig sheds.  Mrs Eddellbuttel drew the attention of other family members to the light.  Her brother got closer and saw that the light emanated from a saucer shaped object of considerable size. Passing motorists also apparently saw the light.  By the time Police arrived the UFO had departed. Other witnesses came forward.  One of these was a farmer in the Megalong Valley directly below the cliffs beyond which the piggery stands.  The farmer described how he saw a large, dark object descend slowly into the valley to land in a deserted field some distance from the house. It remained on the ground for some ten minutes.  The object was described as being about nine metres across and apparently silent.  After ten minutes it rose in silence, gained speed and disappeared into the darkness.  At the landing site, no grass would grow in a circular depression.  An "explanation" put forward was that a malfunctioning helicopter had landed for repairs.

Source: 1.  Rex Gilroy.
 2.  Bill Chalker interviewed the Eddelbuttels years later.  While confirming their experience they were unaware of the UFO landing trace in the valley below their property.

4 Feb 1972 Tooraweenah, NSW (31:26, 148:55)

A doughnut circle of brown grass one metre wide and three metres across was verified by a person after a UFO observation.  At almost ninety degrees to the direction of "take off" was another circle one metre wide which cut into the first circle forming a figure eight.

Source:  UFOIC

31 May 1972 Mannum, SA 0635hrs 1min 1M/Reeve (34:55, 139:18)

A factory manager driving in fog came across a dark oval shape with a red light on one side and a white one on the other, just hanging above the ground.  He stopped his car fearing a collision, and the object rose into the fog with a "swish" and was lost to view.

Source:  Keith Basterfield/Tony Colbert.

Jun 1972 Perth, WA Day 1wit (31:57, 115:31)

A professional photographer took a single picture of an object which was observed rising from the ground, nearby him.  The photo shows a small undefined blob.

Source: Perth Sunday Times 25 Jun 1972 (pic).

4 Jun 1972 Bent's Basin, NSW 1800hrs 6 wits

Six young people encountered an object on a hill near their vehicle, and after driving along a while they heard thumping noises on the roof.  Following this the car's engine caught fire. Later a huge "shadow" of a human like form approached them.  It appeared to be a three metres tall "robot", which then vanished. Walking back past the hill where the object had been, they noted nothing unusual this time.

Source: 1.  Bill Chalker.
 2.  UFORNSW Newsletter 45. Sep-Oct 1975.

Jul 1972 Clare, SA (33:50,138:37)

Three rings were found on a farm.  They were twenty five to thirty centimetres wide bands of dead grass forming one point two to one point five metre diameter circles.  The circles subsequently developed lush growth and they seemed to have been fungus caused.

Source:  UFORSA.

Ca. Jul 1972 Melton Mowbray, TAS Ca. 2000hrs 30secs 1F (42:28, 147:11)

A twenty five year old housewife was driving at sixty five km/hr from Kempton to a cabaret, when looking out her rear vision mirror she saw a light.  At first she thought it was a car with one headlight, but it was soundless and no car was to be seen.  The light came up behind her and seemed to swoop over the car.  The incident lasted some thirty seconds.  The engine started to splutter and jerk as if stopping.  The car slowed down but was alright when the light had gone.

Source:  TUFOIC. TA72005.

3 July 1972 and subsequently Frankston, VIC 2115hrs 1F/Puddy (38:20, 145:00)

Mrs Maureen Puddy reported observing a disc-shaped object in the sky.  Later she related that her car stopped itself as the same object hovered overhead.  Several months later she recounted being "mentally" abducted into a round room, and of observing an entity there, one point six metres tall, wearing a ski-suit and apparently male.  This room was evenly lit, but there was no apparent source of illumination.  This latter event took place whilst two other people, Victorian UFO Research Society investigators Paul Norman and Judith Magee, were physically present with Mrs Puddy.  However, they only reported that Mrs Puddy lapsed into unconsciousness, and verbally described what was happening to her, to them.  On a later occasion she said the entity again appeared to her when she was driving her car.

Source: 1.  Garry Little and Bill Stapleton-personal investigation.
 2.  Magee, J. (1972). "UFO Over the Mooraduc Road." FSR 18(6):3-5.
 3.  Magee, J. (1978). "Maureen Puddy's Third Encounter." FSR 24(3):14-15.
 4.  Basterfield, K. 1992. IUR 17(3)13-14 & 2.
 5.  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 17 pp26-31.
 6.  NAA files series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 18 p96-99 & 103.

5 Jul 1972 Mt Arrowsmith, TAS 1wit

A motorist reported a bright, white, cigar object at road level.  It went down and appeared to land alongside the road and went out.  The next day the witness returned and found a distinct pathway was visible in the undergrowth which was all flattened.

Source:  TUFOIC.

19 Jul 1972 Kuraby, QLD 0200hrs 1M (27:28, 153:01)

A man out driving became aware of six objects on the side of the road, ahead of the car, which turned out to be six figures.  They were a soft grey colour.  One held up a hand, and its face was seen to be obscured by a sort of covering. After seeing the figure, and a large silvery object on the opposite side of the road, the man accelerated away.  During the encounter he said he heard a noise like "p-doing, p-doing".

Source: 1.  UFO Research Queensland. (UFORQLD.)
 2.  Australian 22 Jul 1972.
 3.  Aerial Phenomenon Research Organisation. (APRO.) Bulletin Jul/Aug 1972.

3 Aug 1972 Pinnaroo, SA 0445hrs 1F/Venning (35:16, 140:55)

Mrs Venning, while travelling by car on her way to catch a bus, saw to her left in a paddock, an object looking like a grey-white oval with lights on both sides.  It seemed thirty metres off the ground and was soundless.  She drove past it without stopping but said her hair stood on end during the observation.

Source:  Keith Basterfield.

Sep 1972 Navarre, VIC (36:54, 143:07)

Two large circles were found, marked by rings of bare earth, about sixty centimetres wide.  They were found on the property of Geoff Bibby.  They were fourteen point six and twenty three point seven metres in diameter.  The grass, both inside and outside the bands was growing normally.  The soil had a pure white substance in it.  Fungus.

Source:  Australasian Post 10 May 1973 & 5 Jul 1973.

14 Sep 1972 Bateau Bay, NSW 1630hrs 1M

A red arrow shaped light was seen moving across the sky by a man who decided to take a picture of it.  When the photo returned a dark object could be seen behind the red arrow.  Upon enlargement, a domed shaped object was revealed with a central raised portion.  The RAAF investigated the case and in their annual report of 1972 an analysis said that it was a "possible hoax".

Source: 1.  Harry Griesberg ACUFOS.
 2.  RAAF annual report summary 1972.

15 Sep 1972 Burbong, NSW (35:26, 149:19)

A lady heard a noise like a spinning wheel and found an area six metres in diameter with a scorched rim a metre wide.

Source:  CUFOS trace catalogue.

19 Sep 1972 Broadmeadows, VIC 2210hrs 1M (37:49, 144:58)

A press photographer said he saw an object doing "loop the loops" in the sky at an altitude of one hundred and fifty, to three hundred metres at night.  He took several shots.  The pictures show a time exposure of a light source and could be anything including Venus, stars or an aircraft's landing lights.

Source:  Age Melbourne 21 Sep 1972 (pic).

5 Oct 1972 Wellington, NSW (32:33, 148:57)

Three point six five metre high grass was flattened in a circular area with a radius of four point six metres.

Source:  Daily Telegraph 7 Oct 1972.

7 Oct 1972 Seaview Downs, SA (34:56, 138:36)

Three rings of lush growth appeared on a lawn overnight.  The largest was about two metres in diameter.  Examination revealed hundreds of little black spots on the grass.  Slime mould.

Source:  UFORSA

Ca. Nov 1972 Campania, TAS 2 wits (42:40, 147:25)

Two people sitting in a car noticed what they described as a brightly lit railway carriage.  They could see six or more separate lights in which shapes, or figures were visible, giving the impression of passengers, facing the front, motionless.  The lights were moving silently northward.  After five minutes the object was lost in the distance.

Source:  TUFOIC

30 Nov 1972 Murray Bridge, SA 2315hrs 45mins 1M/Maxwell (35:07, 139:16)

Motor mechanic Mr Maxwell was out testing his vehicle when upon coming over a rise in the road, the motor and lights of his car cut out.  They came back on but rose and fell in intensity several times.  He decided to stop the engine and the car came to a halt.

To his left he saw a "diamond shape with the top cut off" noiselessly sitting on the ground forty five metres away in a paddock.  His car radio went "funny", making a noise like a "computer on TV", a constant rhythm.  As soon as he stopped the car he had tried the ignition key but when he turned it nothing happened, not even the oil light came on.  He then tried the wipers and the electric air horn but they didn't work either.  He locked all the doors and wound up the windows and just sat there for the next forty five minutes.  After this time, the object left and he found he could restart the car quite alright.  An inspection of the vehicle next day revealed no cause for the electrical problems.

Source:  Allan Seer & Keith Basterfield.

16 Dec 1972 Garah, NSW 0130hrs

Greg Hardy was using a tractor to plough weeds and had stopped for a break.  He heard an unusual noise but saw nothing.  Then he saw a light which approached him until it was some 20m away where it stopped and hovered 3m off the ground... It was a white ball of light.  After 5 seconds of hovering it vanished.  Turning around he saw it reappear still some 3m up and hovering.  Then it left into the distance.

Source:  FSR vol 19 no 5.

1973 Springwood, NSW 1M (33:42, 150:34)

One night two men were asleep in a caravan on a remote building site, when one was woken by a blue light projecting from a hovering aerial disc.  A time lapse occurred of some two hours. He felt that some "beings-Caucasian types", were somehow involved.

Source:  UFO Investigation Centre, Sydney.  Anecdotal investigation by David Buching, Sep 1975.

1973 Port Pirie, SA (33:12, 138:00)

Several doughnut shaped rings of varying sizes were found on the banks of a river.  They were bare earth/dead grass circles of about an over all two metres diameter, with a one point three metre diameter centre.  Diagnosed as fungus.

Source:  UFORSA.

1973 Armidale, NSW Spurious (30:31, 151:40)

Listed in some accounts/books/magazines.  This newspaper had poorly reported Bill Chalker's account of the Emerald Beach case (038) of 1970.

Source:  Armidale Express 4 Aug 1974.

Jan 1973 Nowra, NSW 5 wits (34:53, 150:35)

Five people in a vehicle saw a light in front of them.  Later it was seen as a large object with portholes, close to them, and near to the ground.  It kept with them over a twenty four kilometre distance.

Source:  OF p141.

Feb 1973 Temora, NSW (34:27, 147:32)

Three identical "burnt off" patches, each five point one metres diameter were discovered in otherwise lush paddocks.  The first was observed about twelve months previously and the latest about early February.  The latest one found had a forty five centimetres section running around the circle which was completely bare, and inside, the clover runners had been flattened.

Source:  The Temora Independent 28 Mar 1973.

Feb 1973 Norah Head, NSW 0045hrs mins 1M/1F (33:07, 151:34)

A man and a woman were in a vehicle near a kiosk, in light rain, when they noticed a street light dimming on and off before fading out to a faint glow.  They then saw a bright golden coloured ball rise up behind trees and hover in the air.  After a few minutes it went from gold to orange to deep red.  The couple decided to get closer but found their car engine wouldn't start.  The only response was the headlights which came on very dimly.  The object eventually left to the south-west after which the street light came to normal brilliance, and the car engine started first time.

Source:  UFOIC Newsletter. 1976. No 48.

Feb 1973 Adelaide, SA (34:56, 138:36)

Two markings on separate lawns were reported and identified as fungus/slime mould.

Source:  UFORSA.

4 Feb 1973 Kimba, SA 2150hrs 4 wits/Hunt/Finkler+2 (33:08, 136:25)

Four people, in three separate vehicles, reported seeing an orange object in a clearing on a deserted stretch of country road.  A young couple said they saw a three metres high by one point five metres wide rectangular shape.  One of them said they saw a two metres tall "man" in a white space-suit floating in the middle of the rectangular shape.  The other saw an orange rectangle with a white blob on top of it.  Later, a semi-trailer driver reported to police that as he passed a clearing he noted what looked like an open doorway and a figure.  The police checked the clearing by going there within an hour, but found nothing to account for the observations. 

Source:   1.  Keith Basterfield, Peter Horne, Dean Piovesan, Ray Brooke.
 2.  Whyalla News 16 Feb 1972.
 3.  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 21 Pp 166-175.

6 Feb 1973 Barraba, NSW (30:23, 150:36)

A Mr and Mrs Carter discovered a seven point six metres wide circle with a forty five centimetres band, in high green grass.  No indentations or scorch marks were found.

Source:  UFOIC.

Mar 1973 Roma, QLD (26:35, 148:47)

Circular marks appeared in a field of sugar drip.  All the heads of grain were facing the same way.  These marks coincided with UFO reports.

Source:  The Roma Star 20 Mar 1973.

Mar 1973 Whyalla, SA Daylight 1M/Nankervis (33:02, 137:350

A movie film was taken by a Mr W Nankervis, who had been filming a glider, when he saw a brilliant object beaming rays from one end, to a mass of "boiling stuff" at the other end.  The clip of film was twenty seconds long and was examined by Prof J. Allen Hynek on his Australian visit.  No analysis is known to this author.

Source:  Advertiser Adelaide 7 Sep 1973.

3 Mar 1973 Edwardstown, SA 0300hrs (34:56, 138:36)

A large orange domed object three metres high with a dark patch in the centre was seen outside a bedroom window, accompanied by a noise like a thump and cans banging.  Triangular markings were reportedly found on a lawn the next morning.

Source:  UFORSA.

10 Mar 1973 Bingara, NSW (29:52, 150:34)

A grazier found a seven point six metres circle with a five centimetres band, on his property.

Source:  UFOIC.

Apr 1973 Eudunda, SA (34:11,139:05)

Several rings, varying from point six to five point four metres in diameter with a ten centimetres wide band of dead grass, were found in an area sixteen by thirty two metres.

Source:  UFORSA.

30 Apr 1973 Kempsey, NSW 4 wits (31:05, 152:50)

Four people were out driving when one said she saw an egg shaped object drop out of the sky in the south-east and disappear behind trees, in a fraction of a second.  Two hundred metres later they noted a distant glow in a paddock.  They returned to the spot where the girl had seen the light, and as they arrived there it seemed that the car's headlights blacked out momentarily.  All then saw the object apparently landed on open ground.  It seemed domed shaped and reddish-orange in colour.  After watching for five minutes they left the area.

Source:  FSR. 21/6/4.

Apr/May 1973 Katoomba, NSW 2 wits (33:43, 150:19)

A couple reported seeing lights in the sky.  UFOIC members visited them and photographed the lights with a twelve hundred millimetres telephoto lens.  Four yellow /white lights appeared to be suspended above the ground.  The shots merely show blobs of light.

Source:  UFOIC Apr/May 73 Newsletter.

May 1973 Ganmain, NSW (34:48,147:02)

Certain marks were found on the ground after a UFO sighting.  The object was circular and displayed yellow/orange lights.

Source:  Junee Southern Cross 6 Jun 1973.

May 1973 Port Pirie, SA (33:12, 138:00)

Eight rings-fungal in origin-were located by the River Broughton.

Source:  UFORSA.

May 1973 Clare, SA (33:50, 138:37)

A fungus ring, six point three metres in diameter, and almost circular, was discovered.  The rim width was one metre. Scattered around were four large mushrooms-twelve to twenty centimetres in size.

Source:  Peter Horne.

May 1973 Nurrabiel, VIC (36:43, 142:12)

Mr Jack Russell found a perfect circle in bare ground on his property "Melrose."  Circumference was twenty seven metres with a band fifty centimetres across.  The earth inside the band was devoid of grass.  Fungus ring.

Source:  Horsham Mail Times 8 Jun 1973.

2 May 1973 Kalyan, SA 1930hrs 1M/Zadow (34:56, 139:50)

Noting a bright light at an estimated five to ten degrees above the north-north-east horizon, through his left hand side windscreen, Mr Zadow was puzzled.  Its angular size was about the size of the full Moon, and it was reddish/white in colour.  No illumination of the surroundings was noted although the light was dazzling to look at.  Driving at fifty five km/hr along a straight dirt road he watched the light.  There was no change in size or brightness yet he had the feeling the object flew over the truck, as it rose in elevation as viewed against the windscreen.  The truck's engine stopped and the lights went out leaving him rolling in darkness.  Neither the red ignition light nor the green oil light came on.  He instinctively braked slowly and after four to five seconds whilst the truck was still rolling, the lights and engine came back on by themselves.  The outside light was not visible by this time.  Investigation revealed that the light probably did not go over his truck but was at least three hundred metres away, parallel to the road.

Source:  UFORSA.

18 May 1973 Sherlock, SA 2130hrs (35:19, 139:48)

Three young people travelling back to Victoria recounted that a light had been following their car.  They stopped the car to watch it.  It hovered over trees, pulsating.  The driver turned the ignition key but no lights showed and the engine wouldn't start until after a few attempts.  Investigations reveal a likely cause was a combination of headlights/stars/imagination and a temporary electrical fault.

Source:  UFORSA.

31 May 1973 Bellbridge, VIC (36:05, 146:56)

A thirty centimetre wide, six point seven metres diameter ring was found in dry earth with a white powdery substance.  A Border Mail photographer found a ten metre ring later, both suggestive of fungus.

Source:  Border Mail Albury 2 Jun 1973.

3 June 1973 Old Junee, NSW (34:50, 147:31)

A circular indentation was found, about five metres across.  Close by were half a dozen "pod" marks of about one metre diameter spaced at a regular distance apart.

Source:  Junee Southern Cross 6 Jun 1973.

15 Jun 1973 Avondale Heights, VIC 1832hrs 1M (37:49, 144:58)

A twelve year old boy took a picture of what he said was a fast moving object in the sky. He said it changed colour from red to white.  It didn't have a tail.  It travelled south before making a sharp turn and then hovered for five minutes.  The photograph shows what appears to be a time exposure of something that looks remarkably like the Moon. 

Source:  RAAF summary 1973, which says that they believe it was a "camera fault on unobserved light source."

16 June 1973 Bostobrick, NSW multi wits (30:16, 152:37)

A circular area was found in the same vicinity as a UFO sighting.  Several groups of people independently saw a vertical elongated object with several "squarish" red lights around its base.  Later that night one of the groups saw a yellow oval object "drop" out of the sky, apparently coming down in about the same area as the earlier display.  The southern portion had large amounts of white surface powder.  The NNE perimeter had a charred circular area some one metre diameter.  A burnt limb was in close proximity to the ill defined mark.

Source:  Bill Chalker.

18 June 1973 Warragamba, NSW (33:53, 150:36)

A freshly flattened grass circle was dismissed as car skid marks.

Source:  UFOIC NL 35.

19 Jun 1973 Mornington Peninsula, VIC

An orange light was sighted from an aircraft.  It travelled parallel but at a lower altitude for about sixteen kilometres before moving off at right angles.  The RAAF concluded it was a reflection of the Sun rising from light aircraft.

Source:  RAAF annual sightings summary 1973.

20 Jun 73 North Carlton, VIC 2050hrs 10mins 1M Cane & 4others

Pilot of an aircraft Cane saw an orange LITS below his aircraft.  The object paralleled the aircraft’s track for some 10 mins then appeared to move at right angles to the plane.  Noted at 5/6000 feet, below the aircraft.  Aircraft speed was 155kts.  Object maintained same speed for 10 miles.  Last seen 25 miles from Melbourne below the aircraft almost abeam to Port.  Lost as aircraft entered cloud.  No radar trace.  [Cause cannot be determined may have been "reflection from VH-FNQ finally affected by approaching Sunrise."]

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 25 pp106-110.

21 Jun 1973 Tyringham, NSW (30:13, 152:32)

A UFO was observed hovering at ground level for a few minutes.  An inspection of the area within twenty four hours confirmed an apparent ground trace, greyish in colour and of thinner grass than outside the site.  It seemed that the site was sufficiently ambiguous that analyses were thought not warranted.

Source:  Bill Chalker.

Early Aug 1973 Hobart, TAS 1400hrs 2M

Two controllers in the Hobart Airport Control Tower, noticed that communication had been lost with a DC3.  The aircraft had just left for Wynyard. They checked the emergency holding area over Tea Tree to the north and saw a silvery object.  The aircraft fuselage-shaped object performed an orbit, moving in and out of the clouds for some 12 minutes.  Neither Hobart, nor Launceston could raise any contact with the aircraft.  Even with binoculars the controllers could not ascertain what the circling object was. The object went into cloud cover and did not reappear, at the same time communication was established with the DC3, it was now 60 miles north of Hobart.  No other aircraft were in the area at the time.  The controllers say the details were lodged with the RAAF.  They believe no explanation was found for the sighting.

Source:  TUFOIC files

Sep 1973 Willow Tree, NSW (31:39, 150:44)

Rings of bare rocky soil were located on a farm property.  Diameters ranged from six metres to eleven metres.  Identified as fungus.

Source:  UFOIC.

Sep 1973 Ivy Tanks, SA 0300hrs 1F/Ringer (31:16, 131:18)

A thirty two year old woman was a passenger in a semi-trailer travelling across to Perth.  She had been asleep for about an hour when a "voice" called her name and told her to look out the window.  She did so and saw an egg shaped surrounded by a "force field" on the ground.  The figure of a man was walking towards the egg, while another man was sitting inside the object.  The first man entered the egg;  the glow died down, leaving only one white light on.  The driver pulled up the truck but when asked, said he had seen nothing.  They did not go back to check the spot.

Source:  Keith Basterfield & Vladimir Godic.

25 Oct 1973 North West Cape, WA 1930hrs 1M (21:46, 114:08)

1. An Australian citizen, Bill Lynn, a Fire Captain for the US Navy, at 1920hrs, for four minutes, watched, in a cloudless sky, an unusual black formation in the sky.  It was initially seen at 12 degrees’ elevation, due West, and stationary.  It had a halo around it which seemed to be pulsating or rotating.  There was no noise.  It was last seen at 12 degrees’ elevation, 320 degrees’ azimuth. It left at extreme speed.

2. A US Lt Cmdr Moyer, at about 1915hrs, for 20-25 seconds, while driving, saw, at about 20 degrees’ elevation, 270 degrees’ azimuth, a large, black object in the clear sky.  It appeared Moon-sized.  Last seen 45-50 degrees’ elevation, at 345-350 degrees’ azimuth.  It accelerated away at unbelievable speed, and just disappeared from view.

Source:  RAAF UAS proformas, and witness statements.

28 Oct 1973 Karoonda SA 2330hrs (35:06, 139:54)

A photograph was taken of a stationary, intense orange object in the sky, using an Instamatic camera.  Investigations into similar reports of an orange object in the sky showed the causes of these were the planet Mars and flares.  It is understood that the print came out black.

Source:  UFORSA.

Dec 1973 Wokurna, SA (33:43, 138:03)

A two point four metres diameter bare earth circle was found in the middle of a wheat field.  Wheat had been swirled anti-clockwise.  Soil analysis revealed no cause.

Source:  Steve Bolton/Peter Horne.

Dec 1973 Bordertown, SA (36:18, 140:46)

Seven circular shaped, flattened swirled areas were found in an oat paddock.  They ranged from two point one to four point six metres across and were of different ages.  Oats had been swirled anti-clockwise.  The police forensic squad were unable to explain the marks.

Source:  Garry Little/Keith Basterfield.

25 Dec 1973 Wentworth Falls, NSW ? (33:43, 150:22)

A low level UFO sighting was made and a ground trace was reported. "Leaf smut" was believed to be the cause for a circular area of grass covered with spherical charcoal like particles.

Source:  UFOIC.

Dec 1973 South Arm, TAS (43:02, 147:24)

The witnesses were awoken by a roaring noise which eventually stopped.  Next day, flattened circle of bracken was found on the next block, three by three point six metres across and nearby, two to three smaller similar patches.  Ferns were folded over as if flattened by weight, vegetation soon died off; edge of area well defined.

Source: TUFOIC.

31 Dec 1973 Lymington, TAS 2300hrs 4 wits (43:12, 147:05)

In thundery conditions four reporters saw a Moon-like object in the sky, then a large yellow cigar was noted in a paddock by the house.  The glow faded and little lights were then visible.  Subsequent claims were made of damage to a tree, house paint, fridge etc., plus effects to the two witnesses.  The lights may have been an electrical phenomenon and investigation of the tree didn't reveal any damage.

Source:  TUFOIC.

1973/74 Kangaroo Island, SA Afternoon 1F

Rita H was taking photos when a light source appeared through the viewfinder.  She had the impression of a close approach.  She fell to the ground and the sky changed causing her extensive disorientation.  Two photos were taken with a special camera and a very high ASA rated film.  Prints have a light green coloured, elliptical shaped mass present on them.  Woman subsequently developed lupus but this might be unrelated.

Source:  UFOIC.

1974 Clifton Bore, SA 1M (29:43, 142:39)

"A man hunting for fossils in flat desert country was suddenly approached by two short beings who beckoned him to come with them.  He was taken into an externally small object, which was impossibly much larger inside.  Twenty or more similar beings were also inside.  He was offered a drink, then passed out.  He awoke and found himself on the floor of the object.  He saw two human female children in a cage-like structure who seemed to be in a trance.  The man felt he had somehow been rejected by the beings.  A doorway suddenly opened in front of him.  He stepped out and found himself back on the desert floor.  He rejoined a companion and found he had been away for one and a half hours."

Source: 1.  Chalker, Bill. (1989). "Abducted?" Australian Penthouse. Nov. p37.
 2.  Australian Flying Saucer Research Society.

1974 Canberra, ACT 2F (35;17, 149:13)

Two young women felt compelled to get into their car which then drove itself to a certain spot.  They were escorted by a brilliant white light source.  Vague human shapes were seen as well as strange noises heard.  There was an episode of "missing time" involved.

Source:  Investigation by Bill Chalker.  Deleterious effects on Heather, one of the percipients, meant that the incident was not able to be fully researched.

1974 Elizabeth, SA 1F (34:56, 138:36)

A woman recalled, that as a nine year old girl, she and a friend observed a UFO at close range in suburban Elizabeth.  As she had memories of observing the object from two different angles of view, but no recollections of moving between the two locations, she suspected a period of missing time may have occurred.

Regressed to the day of the incident, she felt her head buzzing, then she recalled being in a room of some kind, and of seeing a face on a small pointed head, with pointed ears.  In addition she recalled someone walking towards her – a silver glow around its body.  A thick metal "skewer" featured which she said was: "to take out fluid."  Nothing further could be elucidated.

Source:  UFORA89037. UFORSA/Keith Basterfield.

1974 Launceston, TAS 1M (41:27, 147:10)

It was claimed that a school teacher had met the occupants of a UFO and that afterwards he had gained ESP powers.

Source:  TUFOIC.

Ca. 1974 St Helens, TAS 1F (38:15, 142:05)

Whilst travelling alone from St Helens to Ansons Bay, a woman stopped for a cigarette.  In an adjacent paddock she saw an object with a ramp going into it.  There appeared to be entities going up and down the ramp.  The woman left at speed.

Source:  TUFOIC TA80066.

4 Jan 1974 Townsville, QLD 2050hrs 10mins Onley

A weather observer, using a type 277F radar, detected a contact at azimuth 280 deg.  It was at 11 nautical miles range and at 66,000ft height.  At its closest approach it was at 500 yards’ distance at 4,600 feet height. It took 10 minutes to descend from 66,000 to 4,600 feet height.  There were no stationary phases.  It was last observed at 140 deg az. Heavy pulsing blotted out the signal and the radar was parked and rapidly turned down.  The actual length of the echo was calculated as 2,800 yards.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 part 33. The RAAF concluded it was ‘anomalous propagation.’

17 Jan 1974 Parramatta, NSW (33:53, 151:13)

A swishing sound was heard and a dog visibly scared.  Next morning a black and silver substance was found in the backyard.  Possibly fungus.

Source:  UFOIC.

Feb 1974 Grass Tree Hill, TAS 2100hrs 3 wits/Richardson (42:45, 147:20)

Mr A. Richardson and his two children were travelling in a vehicle when the two children said they saw a large object "wobbling" over a house.  It was complete with windows and a dark shape inside.  Their father saw only a small light moving soundlessly away by the time he pulled the car up.

Source:  TUFOIC TA77041.

25 Feb 1974 York Plains, TAS 0000hrs 1M (42:17, 147:27)

A builder was amazed to see three figures standing on the rim of an approaching dome shaped object.  The figures were one and a half metres in height, of normal human proportion and covered in a one piece garment.  He said they remained motionless as the object travelled past him some thirty metres distance, at a speed of fifty km/hr.  Two to three minutes later it was lost to view over hills.

Source:  TUFOIC TA84048.

27 Feb 1974 Latrobe, TAS 2145hrs 2 wits/Thornton (41:14, 146:24)

Two people out driving noticed an orange dot in the sky, partially obscured by trees.  It soundlessly approached the car after they stopped.  Estimated at two hundred and fifty metres away and twenty five metres above the ground, it beamed brightly and looked like a triangle with rounded corners.  They started the car and the object accelerated to high speed and vanished behind trees to the north.  Later at 2200hrs one of the witnesses saw an orange light pacing his vehicle, near to Latrobe.

Source:  TUFOIC.

4 Mar 1974 Esk, QLD 0000hrs 1F (27:14, 152:25)

On her way to Ipswich, and having passed through Esk, a woman observed what seemed to be a brilliantly lit house or building.  As she came closer she noted that the "house" had no roof.  At the closest approach (two hundred metres) it was seen as an object shaped like two saucers, one inverted over the top of the other.  There was a row of five to six tapered, recessed openings around its middle.  Emanating from a rectangular opening at its left end was a fantastically bright shaft of light.  The woman decided not to stop, so drove on.

Source:  UFORQLD.

16 Mar 1974 Adelaide, SA 0630hrs 1M (34:56, 138:36)

It is reported that a man had taken some colour movie film from the Hilton motel, of an unusual object in the early hours of the morning. Efforts made were not able to trace either the man or the film.

Source:  UFORSA.

17 Mar 1974 Burra, SA 0030hrs 2M (33:41, 138:56)

While travelling in a Ford Falcon sedan two young men observed a big round, yellow/green light stationary near the top of a hill.  They stopped the car to watch.  After a minute or so it seemed to come towards them so they tried to start the car, but it would not respond.  Again they tried the ignition system.  The ignition light came on but the engine still wouldn't start.  Finally after holding the key on for thirty seconds the engine started.  They left the area but stated that the light seemed to follow them all the way into Burra.  They woke a policeman who looked at the object and declared it was just a star.  Investigation suggests the object was an astronomical source.

Source:  UFORSA.

1 Apr 1974 Pasadena, SA (34:56, 138:36)

A ring was reported and identified as a fungus.

Source:  UFORSA.

15 Apr 1974 Roseworthy, SA 2015hrs 30secs 2 wits (34:32, 138:45)

A series of lights was seen in the sky near the crest of a hill.  The photographer stopped the car he was driving and took a photo using a Polaroid camera.  He says that he thought there were only two bright lights but the print shows three.  He and his wife watched them for about half a minute but they did not move or make any sound.  The print shows three blobs of light.

Source:  Adelaide Advertiser 17 Apr 1974.

15 Apr 1974 Woodside, SA 1730hrs 6 wits (34:57, 138:53)

Six people in two cars were travelling back to Adelaide.  Someone in the second vehicle said they saw an object so both cars pulled up.  One of the others said the vehicle suffered a temporary power loss as the object went over the car.  Investigations revealed the entire episode was overplayed by the media.

Source:  UFORSA.

May 1974 Strathalbyn, SA (35:16, 138:54)

Two green lights were seen in a paddock and later a marking was found.  It was a bare patch two point six five metres diameter with a depression in the centre twenty to twenty two centimetres deep and sixty centimetres diameter.

Source:  UFORSA.

25 May 1974 Boobyalla Estate, TAS 1930hrs 3 wits (41:01, 147:50)

Three people watched a large banana shape moving about.  It was described as a bright orange colour below, with more of a fire red in the middle and blending to bright yellow at the top.  It was observed to be six metres off the ground and moving towards them.  It passed in front of some fencing and a log heap only two hundred metres away.  Seemingly thirty metres long it then came even closer, and the witnesses started their car and left the scene.  No traces were found the next day. The same object is believed to have been seen in the area over the next few nights.

Source:  TUFOIC.

May or Jun 1974 Port Latta, TAS 0545hrs 10 secs 1M (40:51, 145:23)

A man doing a newspaper run at ninety five km/hr saw a very bright light coming from the south.  It was travelling north at high speed.  It went over his vehicle in ten seconds, being lost to view behind tall trees.  After it passed by he realised his vehicle was slowing down, the engine had stalled.  He had to stop and restart it.  The headlights also went off for a few seconds.

Source:  TUFOIC.

Winter 1974 The Gardens, TAS

Unusual "interference" type noise was heard on a car radio as a large, round, white object came up over hills and approached a car.  It left over the sea.  The sky was very clear and the object had emitted no noise.

Source:  TUFOIC.

7 June 1974 Goulburn, NSW (34:45, 149:43)

After a complex and long duration sighting, an area two hundred metres in diameter, all burnt, was verified by the witness immediately after a sighting.  The surrounding ground was "wringing wet" and the grass long and lush, but the ring was smoking.  The area was on a hill slope, separated from the main road.

Source: 1.  UFOIC.
 2.  CE3 catalogue by Bill Chalker, and Keith Basterfield, 1976.

July 1974 Cowra, NSW Midnight 2 mins 1M (33:50, 148:41)

A young man, driving at about midnight, was blinded by a blazing blue light, as he came over the crest of a hill.  The light seemed to illuminate the entire countryside.  The driver braked suddenly, fearing a collision.  The next thing he remembered was seeing the light move away from his car to a point one hundred metres away in an adjacent field, where it converged into a beam about fifteen metres across and thirty metres high.  The beam shone down onto the ground where upon apparent contact the grass seemed to be burning.  The display stayed there for about two minutes and then it disappeared.  No trace of the phenomenon could be found. Next day the driver returned and confirmed the presence of an almost perfect circle of burnt grass about fifteen metres in diameter.  (The witness described his experience in an open line radio program.  Direct confirmation was not possible in this provocative case.

Source:  Files of Bill Chalker.

Late Jul 1974 Jandowae, QLD ? (26:47, 151:07)

Strange markings were found on a property.  There were eight holes scattered around in a two metres diameter depression.  These holes were circular with a smooth hard packed surface and bent at sixty degrees away from the middle of the depression.  Digging out revealed some holes went down one point three metres.

Source:  UFORQLD Contact 52 Jul/Aug 74.

26 Jul 1974 Bridgewater, TAS (1900-1945) hrs 2F (42:44, 147:14)

Travelling by car towards Launceston, a woman and her daughter observed a light following their car.  It seemed oval in shape with a red front top light and a larger bottom light.  They stopped to have a look, then upon starting off again, felt it was pacing their vehicle.  The object was noiseless and although they stopped two or three times they couldn't figure out what it was.  While driving, the woman, "...felt as if I was in its power, as if it was definitely going to take over the control of the car, it was hard to steer."

Source:  TUFOIC.

Sep 1974 Renmark, SA 1F 2215hrs (34:10, 140:45)

Returning home in a Hillman Hunter sedan, by herself, a lady became aware of an illumination behind the car.  It was a white light which approached at great speed, and as it seemed to be wanting to overtake her she moved over to the left.  She saw the light to her right, then the car vibrated as if being pushed up and down.  She just held on tightly to the steering wheel, and recalls the engine must have stopped at this point for although she pressed the accelerator no power was forthcoming.  The light simply vanished.  She was by this time, terrified, and cannot recall any other part of her trip home.

Source:  Keith Basterfield.

16 Sep 1974 St Helens, TAS 2115hrs 3F/Richards (41:20, 148:15)

This very unusual event occurred to Mrs Andrea Richards, housewife, thirty four, and her daughters Janine (eight) and Kathleen (five) when they were travelling home to The Marches near St Helens.  Weatherwise it was a light drizzling rain, on a dark night.  They were all very tired when suddenly static was heard on the radio.  As soon as the static began the sky directly ahead became brightly lit up.  The car lost power on a gentle incline, then stopped dead.  The headlights, radio, heater, and dashboard lights all went out, and it was dark apart form the light in the sky.

Mrs Richards tried to start the car but after ten seconds a deafening, vibrating noise enveloped the car.  This lasted about a minute.  Almost simultaneously, quite painful, electric shocks began penetrating their bodies.  The car was then filled with an invisible chocking smell.  Both Mrs Richards and Janine jumped out of the car taking Kathleen with them.  They fled down the road leaving the car.  The light in the sky was still visible.  They went to a house.  Upon returning to the car the car started alright.  The next day it was checked at a garage but no faults were found.  Mrs Richards suffered a numb right side to the face and a two cent sized red mark above her right eyebrow.  The day after, her arms and fingers were badly swollen and she had difficulty walking.

Source:  TUFOIC.

22 Sep 1974 Tayene, TAS 1720hrs 1F

Sitting in her car waiting for someone, a woman heard a radio announcer give the time, then all of a sudden the surroundings were just lit up.  The radio developed a high pitched whistling noise.  An object approached from the top of a nearby hill.  As it came towards her she started the car and backed up the road until the car stuck in mud.  The object meanwhile continued to approach and hovered for a short while before sweeping around the road junction and then back to the position it was first seen in.  The speed up till then had been fairly slow, but when it swept around the hill a tubular shaped thing on the bottom of it opened into sections and the object speed upwards fairly rapidly.  The lady then left the car and ran to her house. Her husband and son returned to the car but could find nothing wrong. The next day a tow truck collected the vehicle.  The front of it was exceptionally clean although the rest of the body was dirty.  There had previously been cat's prints all over the bonnet but the bonnet was clean when the car was brought back.

Source:  TUFOIC.

Oct 1974 Maitland, NSW (32:44, 151:34)

Some time after the observation of an object with two "light beams" which illuminated the ground, the reporter found two circular markings on his property below the hovering object.  On examination the marks appeared to be fungus.

Source:  UFOIC NL 43, Apr/May 75.

Nov 1974 The Sideling, TAS Ca. 2300hrs 1M (41:10, 147:31)

On his way home to Scottsdale, a man saw a soundless object about the size of an enormous building about half a kilometre away to his left, in the north.  His car engine and radio cut out and the figures on his watch lit up really brightly.  The object travelled along and was last seen going straight upwards. Duration three to four minutes.  The watch broke down shortly after the event.  The left hand mudguard of the car changed colour from red to orange and stayed that colour.

Source:  TUFOIC.

4 Nov 1974 Scottsdale, TAS 2300hrs 1M (41:10, 147:31)

The lights, radio and motor of a Colt car cut out,  shortly after a witness sighted a huge flame coloured glow lighting up the nearby vegetation.  He said the luminous dial on his watch became brighter.  Following the sighting, the car clock was found to be two minutes slow, the duration of the event.  The mass of light rose into the sky and left.  The man started the car and went home.

Source:  TUFOIC Annual Report 1985. p11.

Dec 1974 Pullabooka, NSW (33:45, 147:46)

A five point eight metres bare earth circle was found in a paddock of saffron thistles, which had been flattened in an anti-clockwise direction.  Soil analysis revealed no cause. There were no signs of heat or radiation.  Later discussion suggested it was caused by cattle.

Source: 1.  Sun Herald 14 Dec 1974.
 2.  UFOIC.

29 Dec 1974 Alice Springs, NT Early Morning (23:42, 133:52)

A single colour photograph was taken using an Instamatic camera, of a bush scene. After development, two objects were noted on the film which were not seen by the photographer.  Ground Saucer Watch Inc in the USA using computer enhancement techniques concluded that the objects were in facts birds.

Source:  UFORSA.

1974/75 Coolah, NSW 3M (31:50, 149:43)

Three men, out hunting, came across a large black object which was hovering over trees.  One man ran towards the object and fired a shot at it.  From the object emerged a number of circular, red objects which darted around.  Their next recollection was of packing up their guns and going to sleep.  Several years later one of the men, after watching "Close Encounters" the movie, recalled portions of the event, which included a portion of "missing time."

Source:  Mark Moravec.

1975 Near Coffs Harbor, NSW 3 wits (30:18, 153:08)

A woman, her daughter and a child in a car came across a lighted object on the road ahead.  They slowed down and a group of some four to six entities with pointed heads and no discernible facial features, surrounded the car. A beam of light shone on the car.  They drove away at speed.  It is said that the woman received permanent damage to one of her eyes.

Source:  Bill Chalker.

Jan/Feb 1975 Tully, QLD (17:56, 145:56)

Several nests were discovered near the site of the famous 1966 nests.  A cane field area had apparently surface damage from a suspected "bouncing run" of an unobserved UFO.  There were at least two other better nests discovered in another lagoon, one of which was about nine point one metres in diameter.

Source: 1.  Clair Noble.
 2.  UFOIC.

3 Jan 1975 Fingal, TAS 7 wits (41:38, 147:58)

Seven schoolboys saw two big lights come out of the sky and hover over a hillside.  A humming noise could be heard and the lights kept flashing.  Investigator T Dean found an area seven point six metres by four point five metres of twisted and broken wattles.  Trees were lying over and damaged about one point two metres above the ground.

Source:  TUFOIC.

12 Jan 1975 Albury, NSW

Occurrence number 19750294.  Occurrence id 91062.  12 Jan 1975.  Albury NSW.  UFO sighted on radar at 20000ft in CTA.  Not possible to identify.

Source: FOI request to Department of Transport 2004.

Feb 1975 Micka Creek, TAS (41:05, 147:17)

Shooters tell of a strip of gum trees, as it an object had made a "landing run" some forty five to ninety metres long, through the bush.  Trees were all knocked over in the same direction.

Source:  TUFOIC.

4 Feb 1975 Balaklava, SA 0540hrs 25mins 1M/Hall (34:09, 138:25)

A movie film, showing an unusual object in the eastern sky, was taken by a Mr Ben Hall.  A silver cloud-like object was noted and Mr Hall decided to take some colour eight mm movie film of it.  They watched it altogether for a period of some twenty five minutes of which one and a half minutes was captured on film.  The film shows a "condensation" trail type object moving very, very slowly, close to the horizon.

Source:  UFORSA.

26 Feb 1975 Lake Sorrell, TAS 2045hrs (42:05, 147:10)

Three objects were seen around a lake.  One turned on an intense light directed downwards.  The beam moved back and forth over the lake.  A car radio in use at the time emitted a loud static noise when the object flew close to the camp.

Source: 1.  TUFOIC.
 2.  FSR 22/6/30.
 3.  Saturday Evening Mercury 29 Mar 1975.

5 Mar 1975 Deception Bay, QLD 2M (27:10, 153:05)

Two men were out fishing when a UFO reportedly appeared.  One of the men said the same thing had happened to him some weeks previously and that a figure had been seen on that occasion.

Source:  UFORQLD.

6 Mar 1975 Near Mount Gambier, SA Multi wits (37:50, 140:47)

The flight engineer of a commercial jet flying between Melbourne and Perth sighted a falling green object slightly ahead and to the right of the plane.  It looked like a falling flare.  Another aircraft five minutes ahead also reported the same object.  The same thing was seen by the crew of a Fokker F27 near Ardrossan, several hundred kilometres away.  Investigations revealed they had sighted Cosmos 582 re-entering the atmosphere.

Source:  UFORSA.

22 Mar 1975 Nebo, QLD 2230hrs multi wits (21:42, 148:42)

A very unusual object was seen by several people in a gravel storage area.  It was a row of flashing yellow/white lights on a box like mass, near to the ground, with a sphere on top.  A loud bang was heard and their vehicle seemed to shake in response.  They fled the scene.  Unusual indentations consisting of three oval shaped areas were later discovered.  The RAAF investigated the incident.

Source: 1.  RAAF files.
 2.  ACOSB. No 10. p22.

4 Apr 1975 Cairns, QLD (16:55, 145:46)

The tower asked an approaching pilot to look for a UFO to the north.  A light was seen which mainly appeared stationary, but at times oscillated.

Source: 1.  RAAF files.
 2.  Bill Chalker. (1982). UFO Research Australia Newsletter. 3(4):23.

18 Apr 1975 Hayes, TAS 2045hrs 1M (42:46, 147:00)

On his way to New Norfolk, a taxi driver spotted sparks in a paddock some two hundred metres off the road.  Stopping the taxi he saw a round object emitting blue sparks rise from the paddock and shot off to the north-east in a matter of seconds.

Source:  TUFOIC TA75021.

6 May 1975 Doughboy, NSW (29:41. 152:56)

An almost perfect circle of dead grass was found with an inside diameter of three point three metres and an outside diameter of four point six metres.  The circle soon deteriorated leaving bare earth.  A log extended across part of the circle but appeared not to be affected, although a cowpad was completely flattened.

Source:  The Daily Examiner Grafton 14 May, 24 May, 6 Jun & 10 Jun 1975.

Winter 1975 Poatina Highway, TAS 0320hrs 1M (41:48, 146:58)

Fifty-one-year-old K. Gottschalk had left work and was driving home when he experienced a strange sensation (a chilly feeling).  Just then something happened to the steering of the car.  It went sharply to the right hand side of the road, barely missing two poles.  Whilst slowing down the car, and getting back to normal, he noticed a bright, orange light on his right hand side, following the car.  Again he experienced trouble with the steering.  The light then left him, and the vehicle returned to normal.

Source:  TUFOIC.

12 May 1975 Howrah, TAS 1600hrs 2 wits

A couple were watching a rainbow when they observed a peculiar object, grey brown in colour, moving around close to the rainbow.  Some 8mm movie film was taken.  The film when magnified, indicates a vague something moving around.  The film was of very poor quality, possibly because of an apparently faulty zoom mechanism.  No real details can be gathered from the movie.

Source: 1.  Investigation by TUFOIC and
 2.  UFORNSW.  See UFORNSW Newsletter no 46 p2.

15 Jun 1975 Benalla, VIC Day multi wits (36:33, 145:59)

Two "condensation trails" were seen by a group of people who took some eight mm colour movie of them.  After an examination of the film it appears that the concensus of opinion is that they were in fact aircraft condensation trails.

Source: 1.  VUFORS
 2.  UFORSA investigation.
 3.  VUFORS Newsletter May 76 p 3.

Jul 1975 Buckland, TAS 0645hrs 1M (42:37, 147:43)

An object followed a car driven by a twenty-year-old man, at a steady eighty km/hr.  It was described as a round, brilliant glow, of orange and yellow colour, which lit up the surrounding countryside.  His car radio appeared to go down in volume for a while.

Source:  TUFOIC.

Jul 1975 Hobart, TAS 2130hrs 1wit/Steinbauer (42:56, 147:15)

A car became hot, then stalled and rolled to a halt.  In the middle of the road some two to three hundred metres distance, a stationary, spherical shape was seen.  It was a white/grey colour, some five metres diameter, of metallic iridescent appearance, and silent.  The witnesses stared at the object as it took off very quickly, and spiralled out of view.  The car was then able to be restarted and they went home.

Source: 1.  TuFOIC TA77127.
 2.  ACOSB. No 12. p11.

21 Jul 1975 Kempsey, NSW 2000hrs 2 wits 1M/1F (31:05, 152:50)

Mr and Mrs W. were travelling across a bridge when they noted a large bright white light directly overhead, travelling in a westerly direction.  It then appeared to stop in the distance.  Mr W took some photos of it.  The light changed colour yellow to red and then manoeuvred around before dropping directly downwards over the horizon.  The photos verify the presence of a brilliant light source over the western horizon.  Later analysis suggested the light photographed was in fact the planet Venus.

Source: 1.  UFORNSW Newsletter 46.
 2.  FSR 21/6/2(pics).
 3.  UFORAN 2/5.

Late July 1975 Condoblin, NSW 1730hrs multi wits (33:05, 147:09)

A contract roofing crew noted a peculiar thick "black smoke" ring at twenty degrees southeast.  It seemed that there was a black cylindrical shaped object moving around in a circle in an anti-clockwise direction.  Three colour prints were taken. A study of these suggested that the ring was slowly moving to the right.  After having observed it for twenty minutes the black cylinder suddenly shot upwards and disappeared leaving the cloud behind, which itself rapidly disappeared.

Source:  UFOIC.

30 Aug 1975 115nm ENE of Mackay, QLD 2233hrs (10-15secs) Ware/Hyde

While at 3000 feet the pilot and co-pilot of a 10 Squadron Neptune aircraft noted an object on or slightly above the horizon at 300 deg az mag.  The pilot (Ware) heading 290 deg az mag saw three white lights, two in the same horizontal plane and one positioned half way between and above this plane.  LITS moving horizontally left to right.  LITS continued to move to right and towards the aircraft.  Pilot banked left and climbed.  Lights passed down starboard side of aircraft.  Disappeared as if into cloud.  Co-pilot Hyde said LITS size of Venus but not as bright.  White/yellow shining steadily.  Not picked up on the aircraft’s radar.

Source:  NAA file series J63 control symbol 5/40/Air Part 3.

Sep/Oct 1975 Eltham, VIC Noon 2M (37:44, 144:58)

Two colour prints were taken by two young boys, of a dark shape in the sky.  The photos show a disc with an upper central dome with the long axis inclined to the horizontal.  Both images appear as a black silhouette with no other details visible.  Unfortunately the negatives could not be located; however the prints were seen by VUFORS.

Source:  VUFORS Newsletter May 76 p2.

5 Aug 1975 Levendale, TAS 0600hrs 1M (42:33, 147:34)

Shortly after a man left for work, the lights of the car he was driving went dim, and the driver decided to return home.  On the way back he saw, at thirty to forty five degrees, a brilliant, white, round light coming down in slow motion.  It was in view for ten seconds then disappeared behind hills.  On reaching home he found the car's battery flat.  Fifteen minutes later it was normal.

Source:  TUFOIC.

Sep 1975 Narrogin, WA (32:56, 117:11)

A depression was found in an oat paddock.  Oats outside this area were one point four metres tall, but inside, only eighteen centimetres tall, depressed in a SSE direction.  No holes or actual indentations were found.  The whole area was an approximate rectangle about fourteen point six by seven point six metres, with two, two point four metre radius arcs on two corners, not flattened.

Source: 1.  UFORWA.
 2.  ACOSB no 3 p10 Sep 75.

Summer 1975 Lees Plains, TAS

Bushwalkers reported finding perfectly burnt circle in buttongrass, with the ground all burnt, yet only three point six metres across.

Source:  TUFOIC.

8 Dec 1975 Tranmere, SA (34:56, 138:36)

After hearing a noise during the night a woman and her daughter found two areas of strawberry plants, flattened in an anti-clockwise direction, some ninety centimetres in diameter.

Source:  UFOSA.

1975/76 Tunnel, TAS ? (?)

A six metres dried circle is reported to have been found in the location of sighting of nocturnal lights. It was not reported until 1979.  Analysis of the trace revealed nothing abnormal.

Source:  TUFOIC.

1975/76 NSW 1800hrs 2 wits 1M/1F

Travelling home a man and his wife saw an approaching light.  It became a large silver cigar with short stubby wings and a cabin.  Inside this cabin were five entities in silver coloured suits.  Green, red and blue instrument panels were seen.  The witness reportedly filmed the object on movie film.  However when the film came back from processing this piece was said to be missing.

Source:  Bryan Dickeson & Moira McGhee.

1976 Bridgewater, TAS (2200-2230)hrs 1F (42:44, 147:14)

Just after going to bed a woman saw a figure in the house.  She called out the name of her young son thinking it might be him but it wasn't.  The figure transformed into an intense white light which streaked out through the window of their daughter's room.

Source:  TUFOIC TA84001.

1976 Country NSW 1F

A thirty one year old woman was vacuuming about noon one day when she felt ill.  Suddenly three little beings just appeared in front of her.  One being was some one point five metres tall, very slender with a very elongated face.  The other two were much shorter, with chubby, broader faces.  All three had large eyes, with a hint of a nose and mouth.  Each wore shroud like cloaks.  Telepathically the taller being spoke to her, to tell her she had to go with them.  The woman refused. The next thing she recalls was her fiancee arriving home at 5.30 p.m.  An hypnotic regression revealed little beyond that of the conscious memories.

Source:  Bill Chalker.

1976 Elliott, NT 1M (17:33, 133:32)

An old man is said to have been abducted after a bright object landed near him.  Beings alighted and took him aboard.  He said they asked him questions about life on Earth and our activities, before they returned him, unharmed to the pick up point.

Source: 1.  UFO Research NSW.
 2.  Pony Godic 1989.

Jan 1976 Adamstown, NSW Hoax

Reports were received of a white, bright cigar being observed hovering.  Later an area of white powder and indentations were found.  The powder was identified as flour.

Source:  UFOIC.

Feb 1976 Hobart, TAS 1M (42:50, 147:15)

A man and his wife had gone to bed, and she fell asleep leaving him awake.  Suddenly through the closed door came three figures.  One figure tried to put a "bag" over the man's legs in an apparent abduction attempt.  The man tried to awaken his wife, whereupon the figures departed through the window which seemed to burst open.

Source:  TUFOIC.

1 Feb 1976 Highland Farm, TAS 0330hrs

Two exposures were taken of a light moving in an erratic way in the north-eastern sky.  They were taken with an Ashai Pentax with a 135mm, lens and 400 ASA film.  The exposures show only a light track, and the negatives were apparently lost, but two prints secured by TUFOIC.

Source:  TUFOIC.

17 Feb 1976 Lyell Highway, TAS 0030hrs 180mins 2M (42:10, 145:56)

Two truck drivers travelling in the same truck were paced for three hours by a sixteen metre yellow/white light in the shape of a dome.  It kept an estimated six hundred metres away, shifting position if the men stopped the truck.  They tried to use the radio but got a lot of static. Finally the object climbed and disappeared.

Source:  TUFOIC.

Late Feb 1976 Kettering, TAS (42:50, 147:15)

A dome shaped object was seen near the ground, with an associated humming noise.  The object rose and left into the sky.  In the morning the witness found that the grass appeared to be scorched in a circle.  The grass later died.  Tests were undertaken of soil and mineral particles from the affected area.  Results indicated no large amounts of associated ionising radiation, and that the soil had not been heated above one hundred and seventy degrees centigrade.

Source: 1.  TUFOIC.
 2.  FSR 24(3).

Mid Mar 1976 Tea Tree Road, TAS (2200-2300)hrs 2 wits (42:42, 147:19)

What they originally thought were aircraft lights, were observed by a man and his wife on their way home.  The object appeared to pace their car on the left hand side, all the time.  The lights were five in number and orange in colour.  A car passed them going in the other direction, and the husband dipped the vehicle's headlights.  Both headlights went off, although the parking lights remained on.  They then drove along the road stopping for all oncoming traffic.  The orange lights were visible all this time and seemed to stop when they stopped.  Finally the lights veered to the north-east and were lost to view.  Total duration was thirty minutes.

Source:  TUFOIC.

22 Mar 1976 Nemingha, NSW 0545hrs 2 wits (31:07, 150:59)

A couple stopped their car after noting a bright greenish-yellow light descend from the sky and envelope a car approaching from the opposite direction.  The light then disappeared.  The other car moved to the wrong side of the car, became enveloped in a thick ball of white haze and stopped.  After about two minutes the white haze disappeared. A woman got out of the car and used a cloth to wipe the windscreen.  The car lights were assumed to be out at this stage.  After a few minutes she was about to get back in the car when the lights came back on.  The cloth which had been used burst into flames.

Source: 1.  Bill Chalker.
 2.  APRO Bulletin 25/1/6 & 25/2/1&3.

12 Apr 1976 Penrith, NSW 1F (33:45, 150:42)

A woman in bed heard a whistling noise and then saw a large black sphere, some ten metres across.  It approached and stopped by a fence.  Witnesses thought it might collide with the house.  It was intermittently observed moving up at speed, and apparently leaving in a zigzag motion at high speed.  An area of long grass, thirty metres by thirteen point five metres in a nearby paddock was swept in an outward direction, plus four plate sized marks were also noted.

Source: UFOIC and Bill Chalker personal investigation.

24 May 1976 Robertson, NSW (34:35, 150:35)

During the investigation of a UFO case, a trace was found. Close examination revealed that one species of grass was affected.  The "scorched" appearance of the grass was similar to slime mould.  This case was spuriously reported as having involved a UFO "crash."  No credible evidence was apparent that supported these speculations.  Prosaic explanations were found for the key elements of the affair.

Source:  UFOIC NL 47 Apr/May 76.

31 May 1976 Daw Park, SA 0200hrs 1M/White (34:56, 138:36)

A silver suited being, one hundred and sixty five to one hundred and seventy five centimetres tall, with a black visor, white boots and a box with a figure eight on its chest, was reportedly seen in a back yard.  When the single reporter approached the entity it flew off and entered a cigar shaped object which had been sitting in the sky. Some traces were said to have been found.  However, when investigators arrived there were no traces visible.

Source:  UFORSA.

13 Jul 1976 Rochester, VIC 1930hrs 2 wits (36:22, 144:42)

Two nursing sisters were driving in a Kombi van following a girlfriend who was travelling in front of them on a motorbike.  The driver of the van suddenly saw the girl on the bike start to run off the road; then for a few seconds noted a single light coming towards them.  The next thing they knew the girl on the bike was in a ditch and the bright light had followed her across to the other side of the road as far as the gravel.  The van was stopped, the light swung around in front of the Kombi and was soundlessly lost to view.  The light had been white in colour and about a metre in diameter.  There had been a radio on in the Kombi but the driver had turned it off due to static.  The next day the van was difficult to start, and minor ignition and electrical problems plagued it for awhile afterwards.

Source:  VUFORS.

15 Jul 1976 Walker Flat, SA 2115hrs (34:46, 139:34)

A red object, the size of the Sun was seen and the lights of a car were affected for about a minute.  The object then accelerated rapidly away.

Source:  UFORSA.

29 Jul 1976 Bagdad, TAS 2130hrs 1F/Williams (42:37, 147:13)

Two rows of flashing lights were seen by a woman driving home.  These rows were fifteen metres in length, four metres off the ground, and some one hundred and forty metres away.  They seemed stationary in a paddock then climbed away and were lost to sight into the sky.  No traces were found.

Source:  TUFOIC TA76021.

Aug 1976 Heathcote Road, NSW 0340hrs 1wit

Claims were made by a motorist that they had seen a UFO land and disgorge a figure down a ramp.  The figure then re-entered the object which took off vertically.

Source: Bill Chalker on open line radio Dec 1977.

2 Aug 1976 Ten Mile Hill, TAS 1M/Wood

A Mr Wood on returning from a party heard a sound like electronic music.  A second later his field of vision was lit up and he saw a large figure in profile, as if on a movie screen.  The figure was facing to the right and slowly turned towards Mr Wood.  It appeared to be male, with fairly closely cropped hair.  A tight fitting jacket and light coloured trousers were also visible.  It seemed three metres tall and perhaps as wide as three people.  Mr Wood braked the vehicle and seemed to go through the screen.

Source:  TUFOIC.

14 Aug 1976 Croydon, VIC 2215hrs (37:49, 144:58)

Two shots were taken of a street scene. An object appeared in the photos when developed, although nothing was seen when the photos were taken.

Source:  VUFORS.

15 Aug 1976 Boyer, TAS 0145hrs 2 wits

Two people in a utility noted an approaching light which then drew back.  "Something" shone a light in the vehicle's back window.  It seemed one hundred and twenty five metres back and two hundred and twenty five metres up in the air, looking like a jelly bean with a dome on top.  The vehicle's radio volume faded and the inside of the ute lit up.  The road swung under a cliff and the light wasn't seen again.

Source:  TUFOIC.

Sep 1976 Cairns, QLD (16:55, 145:46)

Two circular areas of damaged salt grass were located.  One was six to seven metres in diameter with a one metre wide outer ring.  The grass was generally browning, grey or dead looking.

Source:  UFORFNQ.

8 Sep 1976 Elephant Pass, TAS 0300hrs 1wit

A tingling sensation accompanied an observation of a large house sized object, oval in shape near the ground in a roadside gully.  The light, seen by a motorist, remained stationary.

Source:  TUFOIC.

17 Sep 1976 Wingen, NSW 0330hrs 1M (31:53, 150:52)

A thirty two year old motor mechanic was directed to repair a vehicle which had broken down and was on the way to the scene in his own vehicle.  Suddenly his car started to slow down and the lights went out.  He pulled the car up and tried to restart the engine.  No ignition, dash or headlights were operating.  He noted the speedometer varying from zero to forty km/hr even though the vehicle was stationary.  He checked under the bonnet but found nothing amiss.  He grabbed his torch, but it wouldn't work.  It also wouldn't stick to the car even though it was magnetic.  He fitted new batteries but it still didn't work.

He then noticed a bright light on his left heading his way.  It became brighter and after two minutes it was seen clearly as a roundish object only some four metres off the ground.  It passed directly over his car and gave out a slight amount of heat. No sound or any distinguishing features were noted.  Its speed was forty km/hr and it passed off into the distance.  As he touched the fan belt the engine started itself.  It just as quickly stopped. Then the headlights and radio came on by themselves.  Finally he drove off with all systems operating.

Source:  UFORNSW.

25 Sep 1976 VIC (34:23, 141:42)

Three days after the sighting of a group of red lights at low level, a twenty one point six metres circle of dry coloured grass was found in a paddock.  Samples were analysed by ACUFOS but nothing unusual was found.

Source:  VUFORS.

5 Oct 1976 Torrita, VIC (35:09,141:56)

A farmer reported finding two circles some seven metres apart, each five point five metres in diameter.  Grass had been swirled and appeared to be burnt.

Source:  Delgado, P. & Andrews, C. Circular Evidence.

5 Oct 1976 Rankins Springs, NSW 1840hrs 3 wits (33:51, 146:16)

A credit manager, aged twenty six, was returning home from a trip with a friend and his younger daughter.  Approaching a rise in the road he saw an object in the sky low down and stationary.  It then travelled in a south-east to north-west direction at about forty five degrees to the horizon.  It had the appearance of a flattened disc, swollen at the front with "portholes."  The car radio had been on all the time but upon the object's appearance it had ceased to operate.

Source:  UFORNSW.

Late Oct 1976 Off NSW coast 0300hrs

‘In late October 1976 I was aboard HMAS Melbourne heading down the NSW coast for Sydney.  I was on duty in the Operations room about 3.00 AM when we picked up a UFO contact on radar.  It approached very quickly from the east until about 10 miles distant on our port side, where it remained stationary for about 40 seconds.  It then left, back in the same direction it came at tremendous speed.  Four of us observed it and agreed it was a true contact.  We had just completed an exercise with the RAAF and USN, and no F-111 or F-14 Tomcat could approach anywhere near the speed of this object.’

Source:  UFORNSW website. In pdf file of Newsletters from 2008. p.28. Received 8 Aug 2008.

23 Oct 1976 Benboyd, NSW 1600hrs 3M (37:12, 149:55)

Three young men were on a cliff top, preparing cameras to photograph a solar eclipse.  They then saw a group of strange objects hovering above the ocean.  A movie camera was used to film.  A still camera was used to photo the closest object, which appeared "bell shaped".  All three then stopped filming as the eclipse started. Looking back to the area where the objects had been nothing was seen.  The still photos were examined by computer enhancement.  No conventional explanation has ever been uncovered for the objects.

Source:  UFOIC.

4 Nov 1976 Near Brisbane QLD 1900hrs multi wits (27:28, 153:01)

An Air Traffic Controller noticed a stationary light in the sky.  The crew of an Electra aircraft then noted a light changing colour green to red to green again, appearing to move up and down.  Another pilot saw a red and green object.  Brisbane and Eagle Farm radar stations picked up stationary unidentified returns.

Source: 1.  RAAF files.
 2.  Bill Chalker. (1982.) UFORAN 3(4):24.

1977-1989 Adelaide, SA 1F (34:56, 138:36)

A thirty four year old woman related at least three unusual episodes.  The occasions of interest to us involve finding herself in an alien environment which were the second and third of her three experiences.  One night she suddenly found herself recalling that she had somehow been in a very large room where there were a large number of human-like beings, including a human child about age ten.  The room showed no apparent source of illumination.  It was warmly lit-a very light soft blue colour.  Breathing was no problem, gravity was normal and the temperature was skin temperature.  She can recall conversing with the child.  On the following occasion she had retired to bed when she found herself drifting through tunnels.  Suddenly, she was in a room.  This time the people present were not human.  They had pointed faces, large heads, and slanted very dark blue eyes.  Their heads were quite swollen at the forehead, with their ears being little, with no lobes as such.  They had thin bodies, were grey in colour and short in stature.  One of the female aliens was carrying a baby.  The baby had its arms outstretched and the witness asked to hold and nurse it.  Suddenly, she knew she had to go and found herself back in bed.  She quickly fell asleep.  In her teens she underwent precognitive dreams, and later in life (continuing) precognitive visions.

Source:  UFORA89016. Ray Brooke and Keith Basterfield.

21 Jan 1977 Pipers River, TAS 2330hrs Damon (41:06, 147:05)

Farm dogs were disturbed by an elliptical red/silver object at ground level, in a ploughed paddock.  An undulating humming noise was also heard.  The witnesses went to approach the area after the object faded out.  However, they fled the scene because the object re-appeared. No traces were found.

Source:  TUFOIC TA77006.

Feb 1977 Mt Garnet, QLD (17:41, 145:07) Cummings

Following the sighting of what appeared to be a silver grey "shed" in a paddock, marks were found.  There was one large circle surrounded by four smaller oval shaped formations in grass.  The main circle was six point seven metres in diameter with an eighty centimetres band of dead grass, and a centre of healthy vegetation.  The four ovals joined the circle at three, six, nine and twelve o’clock and were two to three metres in size.

Source:  UFORFNQ.

3 Feb 1977 Seven Mile Beach, TAS 2130hrs multi wits (42:52, 147:30)

Some school aged children at a youth camp heard a noise and saw a spinning dome, with flashing lights, and windows.  In the centre window a figure was seen.  It was thin, had a large collar, an arm to the right and moved its head.  The object then moved away.

Source: 1.  TUFOIC TA77036.
 2.  ACOSB. No 11.

Mar 1977 Port Neill, SA (34:07, 136:21)

A four point three metres diameter doughnut ring was discovered on a farm property.  Its centre was undisturbed and it had a circular hollow trough with a hard rim.  Soil tests showed no cause.

Source:  Adelaide Advertiser 12 Mar 1977.

Apr/May 1977 Ingleburn, NSW 2100hrs 1M/Lyons (33:53, 151:13)

Driving alone, a man saw a brilliant light source.  It approached, and within five seconds it was directly overhead.  At its closest, thirty metres above the car, he saw the light emanated from two bright, round windows.  There was no sound.  He was travelling at an estimated eighty km/hr and the light seemed to keep pace with his vehicle for about three to four seconds, after which it left towards the west and disappeared within five seconds.

Source:  UFORNSW.

16 Apr 1977 Near King Island, Tas

Occurrence number 197703195. Occurrence id 77512.  16 Apr 1977.  Near King island Tas. UFO report from pilot.  Passed to RAAF for study.  CFT beacon abeam VH-KRY.  Cessna 401.

Source:  FOI request to Department of Transport 2004.

22 Apr 1977 Adelaide, SA 2345hrs 1F (34:56, 138:36)

A woman was returning home when suddenly she saw a bright light ahead of the car.  It became bigger and brighter as if approaching.  The headlights of the car and the radio went off, then the two red ignition and oil lights came on indicating the motor had stalled.  After a few seconds all systems came back on.  A magnetic signature check revealed nothing of significance.

Source:  UFORSA.

May 1977 Melbourne, VIC 1M Photo/IFO? (37:49, 144:58)

A movie film was taken by a Melbourne man and viewed by VUFORS.  Examination of the film showed an image, the appearance and movement of which shows nothing to rule out it being a balloon. 

Source: 1.  Melbourne Sun 3 May 1977.
 2.  VUFORS Newsletter Aug 77 p 1.

2 May 1977 Cal Lal, SA 2000hrs 1M Hartley (34:10, 139:40)

Out camping, a man saw a blue trapezoid shape, ten metres away.  It was two metres tall by seventy five centimetres wide at the top tapering to forty five centimetres wide at the bottom.  Stationary when he saw it, he looked away and upon looking back it had simply vanished.

Source: 1.  UFORSA.
 2.  ACOSB. No 11. p21.

20 May 1977 Murbko, SA 0630hrs 1F/Schultz (34:10, 139:40)

A young nurse saw a red glowing ball of light, five to ten metres in diameter sitting in a paddock only a few metres from her car.  The ball rose into the air and was soundlessly lost to sight.

Source: 1.  UFORSA.
 2.  ACOSB. No 11. p21.

26 May 1977 Orange, NSW Midnight 2 wits (33:17, 149:06)

An orange sphere with windows, possibly resting on the ground, was seen by a boy and his mother.  Physical traces were found which consisted of four small, cleared patches arranged in a trapezoid.  The grasses and thistles within the area were not affected in any obvious way.  Upon analysis it was found that any ionising radiation would have resulted in the ground receiving less than one hundred rads and that any heating involved in forming the cleared patches would have had to have been below two hundred and five degrees C.

Source: UFOIC and personal investigation by Bill Chalker with Anne Brown (now Chalker) and Dr Geoff Stevens.  See UFO Newsletter No 52 (UFOR(NSW) – now UFOIC), Nov 1977.

June 1977 Oberon, NSW 3M Night (33:42, 149:51)

Three men illegally fishing in a boat, one night, were three kilometres up river from the Oberon Dam near a peninsula called Crows Peak.  A dark shape was initially seen on the shore.  Five minutes later, something started to come around the bend of the river.  It turned out to be an undefinable shape some three point six to four point six metres long by six metres wide, with a blue glow, three to six metres above the water surface.  The phenomenon was silent.  It crossed onto the peninsula and went out of sight.  Next day all the grass and low hanging branches across the peninsular area where the phenomenon had passed appeared to have been "burnt" or browned off.  Even weed under the water to a depth of fifteen to twenty centimetres was also browned off.

Source: See UFO Newsletter No 52 (UFOR(NSW) - now UFOIC, Nov 1977.

22 Jun 1977 Bulloo River, QLD (27:52,143:49)

Several beings were said to have descended from the sky in three slim cylinders, being seen by a prospector.  The figures, both male and female, played games with lightning balls, dematerialised and materialised and told him they came from Begua.  Both sexes appeared human though their skin was of a bluish colour.  They stopped with him for two days before leaving in their vehicles.

Source:  Psychic Australian 3/2/4.

2 Jul 1977 Sandfly, TAS Ca. 2300hrs 2 wits (42:59, 147:12)

An eighteen year old man and his sister were driving at fifty km/hr when the man noticed a reflection in the middle of his outside rear vision mirror, of a very bright red light.  It seemed near the ground two hundred and fifty metres away.  The light may have followed the car.  Soon after the light was seen the car's engine seemed to loose power for fifteen to twenty seconds as if the ignition had been turned off.  The driver let the clutch out, selected first gear and coasted down a slight decline and clutch started the engine.  The light had by now gone.  Later on going up an incline the same thing happened again.  However, it did not quite stop and he used the ignition to restart it.

Source:  TUFOIC.

30 Jul 1977 Birdwood, SA 1545hrs 2 wits (34:49, 138:58)

A large, two hundred metres long, pink object shaped like a "jumbo jet" was reported to have landed in a paddock beneath some powerlines, then took off vertically with no sound.  No traces were found and soil analyses revealed nothing unusual.

Source:  UFORSA.

Aug 1977 Sorell, TAS (42:47, 147:34)

A depressed ring of grass appeared overnight on a sports oval.  It was four point two metres in diameter and tests revealed no cause.

Source:  TUFOIC.

Aug 1977 Leitchville, VIC (35:54, 144:18)

A thirteen metres wide circle was discovered in grass on the property of Lloyd Naylor.  It was a doughnut shape, with a one metre wide band of dried off grass.  The centre eleven metres was dead grass.  Likely fungus.

Source:  Personal communication to Keith Basterfield from Naylor.

Sep 1977 Grass Tree Hill, TAS 2000hrs 1wit (42:48, 147:15)

A motorist saw a bright light to the north-east.  In seconds the light was above the car and lit up the whole area.  It seemed to be a flat, rectangular shape, as big as a bus.  The witness felt their face tingling, and heard static on the car radio.  It then went dark.

Source:  TUFOIC TA85084.

10 Sep 1977 Goondiwindi, QLD 0300hrs multi wits (28:33, 150:18)

A passenger and the pilot of a BPA Trilander flying between Cunnamulla and Brisbane saw what they thought was another aircraft approaching.  However a check with Air Traffic Control revealed no traffic in the area.  The pilot had to take evasive action as the unknown seemed on a collision course.  The UFO passed low over the runway and then moved away to the south-west.  They landed and while refuelling saw it hovering to the south-west.  Passengers on the ground had seen the object pass soundlessly at low altitude over the runway.  Half an hour later when they took off the object paced the plane for a while then was lost to sight in the south-east.

Source:  UFORFNQ.

30 Sep 1977 Leitchville, VIC (35:54, 144:18)

Douglas Fehring found a perfect circle of affected grass in a paddock.

Source:  UFOIC NL 54/55 p13.

16 Oct 1977 Meekatharra, WA 1410hrs 12 wits (26:36, 118:29)

At least twelve people watched a disc shaped object rise up from a nearby rock outcrop.  As it rose a sort of vapour rolled down the rock.  The disc, with domes on top and bottom, had a smooth metallic lustre.  A smaller bright red light came out of the side of the silver one, and hovered, before shooting off out of sight.  Finally, the silver object rose and disappeared from view.

Source:  UFORNSW Newsletter 53. p8.

17 Oct 1977 Mt Magnet, WA 8 wits (28:04, 117:51)

A group of eight people went out to look for some lights which had reportedly landed near the town's rubbish dump.  Upon arrival they saw round, pulsating, green and red lights.  Around them appeared to be misty and something which appeared to be of human size was observed.

Source:  Daily News Perth 17-20 Oct 1977.

Ca 21 Oct 1977 Cohuna, VIC (35:49, 144:13)

Four doughnut shaped circles were located in a paddock which was irrigated all summer.  They were circular, three to three point six metres in diameter, including a forty five centimetres wide band of dry, withered grass.  Two were in irrigated grass and two in dry grass.  The two in irrigation had green grass centres.  They eventually disappeared over months.  Likely fungus rings.

Source:  Personal communication to Keith Basterfield from farmer.

4 Dec 1977 Lietchville, VIC (35:54, 144:18)

Ken Church discovered a large circular area consisting of a thirty eight centimetres wide band around an eight metres (total) diameter circle of chopped clover.  There were patches in the ring that were burnt and looked like they were made by jet engines.  Bill Chalker visited the site well after the ring had disappeared.  It may have been a fungal ring.

Source:  UFOIC NL 54/55 p 14.

Early Dec 1977 Bamawm, Central VIC

John Collins and his brother found a perfect ring two point four metres in diameter, four hundred metres from their farm house.  He said that recently a bright light on his property was seen floating about fifteen metres off the ground.

Source:  UFOIC NL54/55 p15.

9 Dec 1977 Kununurra, WA 1730hrs 2 wits (15:47, 128:44)

Mr Lindsay McKenzie-Smith and his wife were flying in a Cessna 206 at sixteen hundred metres, when they saw an object approaching, below their height.  It passed below them and disappeared behind them.  It was oval in shape, appeared metallic and seemed to be nine metres long by two to three metres wide and probably one metre thick.  It had well defined edges and a dull surface.  The object flew sideways just like an aircraft wing.

Source:  UFORFNQ.

26 Dec 1977 Slaty Creek Road, VIC (37:26, 143:54)

A discontinuous circular grass marking was found in the centre of a small paddock on the property of Mr Porter.  It was doughnut shaped with a fifty six centimetres wide band and a total diameter of four point five six metres diameter.  As at April 1978 the rest of the paddock was green but there had been no regrowth in the circle.

Source:  Vic UFO Bulletin May 1978.

26 Dec 1977 Deep Creek, VIC (37:18, 144:47)

Graham and Fay Fenton discovered some strange circular marks.  They were doughnut shaped, two point seven four metres across including a thirty centimetres wide band.  Located on an isolated track.  Fungus suspected.

Source:  VUFORS Bulletin May 78 p 1.

30 Dec 1977 Keith, SA 0130hrs 1M (36:06, 140:21)

The driver of a car saw a "shooting star" to the east, then a white circular light pacing the vehicle at one hundred km/hr.  He decided to stop for a look so put the car out of gear and slowly applied the brake.  When the car reached a speed of eight to fifteen km/hr the driver experienced difficulty which he described as mis-timing, choke out, spark plug misfiring, although the ignition and oil lights did not come on.  There was no effect on the radio.  The light disappeared behind trees and there was no more trouble with the car.

Source:  UFORSA.

1978-1982 NSW 1F

A Sydney woman woke up feeling agitated and heard a voice.  Figures appeared and said to come with them.  She went through a doorway into a room where she was shown a scene on a screen.  This screen showed pictures of her then, future life, which later came true.

Source:  Bill Chalker.

10 Jan 1978 Bakers Creek Falls, NSW (30:38, 141:54)

Garry P. had been driving along alone in the early hours of the morning when he found himself unaccountably stationary on the side of the road at 5 a.m.  He was unable to clearly remember the previous one hundred and sixty kilometres.  While stationary he noted a really bright light hovering some distance away. Although he tried to get close to it he could not.

Source:  Bill Chalker.

31 Jan 1978 Pawleena, TAS 0410hrs

A well defined object with two very bright white lights in the centre performed a circular movement over a paddock, only one to two metres above the ground, less than two hundred metres away.  It circled for three to four minutes then passed over trees and repeated its movements before departing at speed.

Source: 1.  TUFOIC TA78007.
 2.  ACOSB. No 13. p11.

Feb 1978 Balladonia, WA (32:28, 123:52)

A memory lapse of some three hours is said to have been associated with the observation of two unusual lights.  During this time a thirty year old truck driver says he recalls: "...talking to somebody about inventing something...also I remember speaking with two voices..."  Investigations have been unable to learn anything more about the event.

Source:  Jeff Bell, Perth.

Feb 1978 Klemzig, SA (34:56, 138:36)

A lady reported finding a deposit on her lawn.  Samples were taken and it was identified as slime mould.

Source:  Keith Basterfield.

19 Feb 1978 Newstead, VIC (37:07, 144:03)

Four roughly circular doughnut shaped marks were found in a grass paddock.  Two in one paddock and two in another.  Two were three metres in diameter, one was five point five metres and the other six metres across.  The ground was not burnt.  Likely fungus.

Source: 1.  Castlemane Mail 2 Feb 1978 and 15 Apr 1978.
 2.  Personal communication to Keith Basterfield.

7 Mar 1978 Echuca, VIC 0330hrs 20mins 1F (36:08, 144:45)

In Echuca Village, about eight kilometres from Echuca, Mr and Mrs Gilham, both sixty five, were woken up, at about 3.30 a.m. by their dogs barking and disturbances among the sheep.  The sheep had gathered around the house.  Mrs Gilham got up and walked past the wash house, to find it all alight.  She described in press reports what she saw next: "Then I saw this huge big light in the paddock.  It was a burning, blazing, white light.  It did not have a centre but it was like a great big cobweb.  We watched it for about twenty minutes.  It was hovering just a bit above the ground.  It made my eyes ache...It was rather a nightmarish thing...a blazing, hovering, cobweb of white light.  It wobbled, sort of shook.  "A four centimetres depression was left in the driveway where the light appeared.  The dirt and gravel in the driveway were blown about.  After the story broke the next morning, scores of cars converged on the site, making sampling futile.  The phenomenon was also described as a "pillar" of light in the driveway.  Mrs Gilham suffered a severe headache for several days after the encounter.

Source: 1.  The Northern Star 9 Mar 1978;
 2.  Sun-News Pictorial Melbourne 9 Mar 1978.
 3.  Australian UFO Bulletin May 197.

5 Mar 1978 Leigh Creek, SA 1M 0210hrs Balogh (30:23, 138:20)

Seemingly only fifty to seventy metres in front of his truck, a driver reported following a one metre diameter, blue/green ball.

Source:  UFORSA Newsletter 30. p1.

Apr 1978 Adelaide, SA (34:56, 138:36)

A perfect circle six metres in diameter, with a narrow band, was located on a grass lawn. It appeared to be slime mould.

Source:  Adelaide Sunday Mail 23 Apr 1978.

3 May 1978 Port Augusta, SA (32:30, 137:46)

A light aircraft pilot heard over his radio that another aircraft had sighted a bright light which had also apparently been picked up on the aircraft's radar.  No direct confirmation of the event could be made.

Source:  UFORSA.

9 Aug 1978 Wandearah West, SA 2235hrs 2F (33:23, 138:04)

Returning home, a mother and daughter, watched as a very bright light came towards them. Bright red, it had three black spots along the bottom of it.  The car lost power to near stopping point, twice, even though the woman flattened the accelerator to the floor.   She turned onto another road and the car gathered speed, while the light left to the north-west.

Source:  UFORSA.

25 Sep 1978 St George, QLD 2030hrs 3 wits (28:02, 148:35)

Three young people watched a light approach them, then follow their vehicle.  After stopping the vehicle, and as the object came to within two hundred metres, they shot at it.   It left.

Source:  OF p 167.

21 Oct 1978 Bass Strait (1906-1912hrs) 1M Valentich

Twenty year old Frederick Valentich was flying a Cessna 182L light aircraft from Melbourne, Victoria to King Island off the coast of Victoria.  The estimated flight time from Moorabbin airport to Cape Otway was 41 minutes, and the cross water segment of the flight from Cape Otway to King Island was 28 minutes.  He left Moorabbin at 1819hrs.  He reported being near Cape Otway at 1900hrs.

At 1906:14 he asked air traffic control if there was any known traffic below 5000 feet.  At 1906:50 he reported seeing an object with four bright lights on it.  At 1907:32 he reported that the object had passed over him.  At 1910:20 he stated he was orbiting in his plane, and the object was orbiting above him.  The last transmission from the aircraft was at 1912:28.  Nothing further was heard from the pilot.  A wide search was undertaken but nothing of the aircraft or pilot was ever found.

Source:  1.  Department of Transport – Air Accident Report summary released in 1982.
 2.  NAA file series A4703 control symbol 1978/1025.
 3. NAA files series B1497 control symbol V116/783/1047.

9 Nov 1978 Risdon Vale, TAS 0315hrs 1M

A twenty four year old man was driving a taxi when he saw a luminous, light green "triangle" move out from scrub at the side of the road.  The shape was one and a half metres tall, appeared solid and was floating some point three metres off the ground.  He braked the car violently, and heard a high pitched squeal and the "figure" vanished.  The noise was so loud it made his ears ring.  At the same time there came a considerable amount of static on his car radio.

Source:  TUFOIC.

25 Nov 1978 Sandford, TAS 1F (42:57, 147:30)

A woman saw what appeared to be a doorway in her drive.  It was nine to twelve metres tall and through it everything was as if lit by day, except this was in the middle of the night.  The door simply vanished.

Source:  TUFOIC.

31 Dec 1978 Whyalla, SA 1M (33:02, 137:35)

A pilot with thirty two years experience was flying a Cessna 310.  He was over Alford at twenty five hundred metres heading north-west when he sighted an oblong, white light to the east-north-east.  He then turned into the circuit at Whyalla to land and was also able to continue observing the object.

Source:  UFORFNQ and UFORSA.

1979 Melbourne, VIC 1M (37:49, 144:58)

A man named Mark retired to bed one night at about 11 p.m.  Shortly after closing his eyes he lost all sense of sound and feeling and found himself travelling in a tunnel through space.  Looking forwards he noted a light at the end of the tunnel.  His next awareness was of lying on a table in a "craft".  He was medically examined by three beings.  One of the beings seemed to be a female human, with long blonde hair.  The other two were some one point five metres tall, fat, and of a dark brown colour.  These latter two had plumpish faces, large eyes, a large nose, bigger lips and ears than us.  They addressed him in English, and seemed like scientists.  When they introduced a "scanner" to check him over he "freaked out" and woke up in his own bed.  All his teeth felt numb and his knuckles were white.

Source:  Garry Little.

1979 Nildottie, SA 2M (34:41, 139:39)

Don and Jack recounted an abduction experience, which is said to have occurred near the River Murray.  They were preparing for dinner when beings entered their house.  They experienced a time loss and next thing they knew they were standing by a large silver craft.  After being subjected to psychological testing for several hours, they became aware of being back at their kitchen table.

Source: 1.  AIUFOFSR.
 2.  Pix-People magazine. July 1988.

16 Jan 1979 Bramston Beach, QLD 2215hrs 1F (17:21, 146:01)

A Ms Martin, aged twenty six, was driving home from work when she saw what she thought was the Moon behind trees, but quickly realised the Moon was to her right.  The object seen was Moon sized, round and a golden colour.  It was stationary.  The car headlights began blinking on and off, then went off completely.  There were no effects to the engine, dashlights etc.  After she was some distance past the object the lights came back on.  An electrician checked the car but could find nothing wrong.  The headlights became dimmer over the next two weeks.  A loose earth wire was found and repaired, and the lights functioned perfectly.

Source:  UFORFNQ.

5 Feb 1979 Lawitta, TAS 2150hrs 1M (32:40, 146:50)

While driving alone, a man noted his car radio died.  Pressing the station button had no effect and the radio remained dead.  Seconds later an intense white light enveloped the car and he could not see beyond the bonnet.  The car's lights and motor failed in the same instant.  Beyond this events are vague and the next thing he knew he was being stopped by police for driving his car without lights.  He was taken to hospital and examined where he was found to be in a state of shock.  His vehicle, a Ford Cortina 71TC, was inspected and found to have a flat battery and the oil level was low.  The cut-off switch on the alternator needed replacing, as did wiring, especially the headlights.  Radiator water was also low.  The reporter did not want further investigations conducted.

Source:  TUFOIC.

9 Feb 1979 Liverpool Creek, QLD 2100hrs 1M (17:40, 146:00)

An elderly man was driving when he noticed a light which was sitting on the edge of the road ahead of him.  When he got to within ten metres of it there was a blinding flash.  The vehicle's lights, dashlights, and engine ceased to function.  After a few seconds the systems came back on by themselves, except for the engine which he restarted.

Source: 1.  UFORFNQ.
 2.  ACOSB. No20. p19.

21 Feb 1979 Fernvale, QLD 2115hrs 2 wits (27:27, 152:39)

Two people were out driving when a bright white light attracted their attention.  A bright flash from it illuminated the countryside.  It approached the car, moved to about thirty metres in front, and zigzagged across the full width of the road.  Finally it returned to the vehicle's right and paced it again.  No noise was audible at any stage and it was described as "cigar shaped" and multicoloured.

Source:  UFORQLD.

7 Mar 1979 Box Hill, VIC 1M 1650hrs (37:49, 144:58)

A commercial pilot tendered a number of photographs which were said to show a large object in the sky, plus some forty silver specks.  Examination of the pictures, including computer enhancement indicate the object was in fact at close range, possibly a bird, and that the white specks were dust and fibres on the film.

Source:  UFORSA.

Apr 1979 Gormanston Saddle, TAS 0020hrs (42:05, 145:36)

A green light with a purple edge came straight at a taxi driven by a fifty one year old man, seemingly going straight over the vehicle, and lighting up the interior as if it was daytime.  The taxi lost power and would not accelerate, the motor just shook.  The driver tried to radio for help but it was dead.  After the light passed everything returned to normal.

Source:  TUFOIC.

18 Apr 1979 Katherine, NT 1850hrs

Two people reported seeing a “space ship” hovering 100-130m above a remote road. “The object was oblong with round corners and was about quote the length and width of three road-train dogs”. A dog in this context is a trailer (deleted) states that the object was surrounded by a green haze, had a very bright light shining vertically down and other lights which appeared to be flashing.  The object suddenly and noiselessly disappeared.

On 3 Mar, 1982 the couple in a caravan, after awakening from sleep noted an unusual smell.  The caravan was filled with a light green mist.  A bedside clock was showing an incorrect time.  A black footprint also was found on a shower wall at a height of 76cms and was the man’s footprint.  How it got there is unknown.  Paragraph 7 of the memo stated “As background, the Katherine area has been the source of several recent UAS reports from reliable observers. The most recent, which is still under investigation by this unit, was originated by a mature, experienced NT Police Air Wing pilot. The second observer was a police officer from Katherine. Other police personnel from Katherine have also experienced, but not officially reported, UAS events.”

Source:  NAA file series E1327 5/4/Air part 6/7.

6 May 1979 Bribie Island, QLD multi wits 0030hrs (26:57, 153:07)

Two men and their wives were in a car with the women asleep in the back seat.  Bright orange lights were sighted to their front.  Coming over a rise in the road, the inside of the vehicle lit up and the hood of the car appeared a different colour.  At the same time the alternator light came on, the instrument panel lights dimmed and the motor began chugging as if firing on only two pistons.  Almost immediately, the group of lights left the ground in an upward direction at great velocity.  The car then recovered.

Source:  UFORQLD.

20 Aug 1979 Hatfield, TAS 1F 2128hrs (41:33, 145:36)

A thirty one year old ex-police woman was driving towards Devonport in a 1971 VW station wagon when a green light appeared behind the vehicle, lighting the interior and casting a green glow through the car.  However, the surrounding countryside did not seem to be lit up.  Although she pressed down on the accelerator the car did not respond by speeding up.  It actually decreased speed to fifty km/hr.  She changed from fourth to third gear, then to second but to no avail.  The light remained the same height and distance from the car, keeping up with the vehicle for some eight kilometres.  Without warning, the light switched off and the vehicle returned to normal.  Later she found there had been an abnormally high usage of petrol for the trip.  Other effects were a loss of fuel, apparent loss of brakes, loss of power and a clock stopped.

Source:  TUFOIC.

Sep 1979 Jindabyne, NSW 2M (36:25, 148:37)

Two young men, out hunting, reported seeing a bright white, spherical, light on the ground some little distance away.  Next night it was seen again.  In 1983 one of the men began recalling memories of a two hour time lapse on one of those nights.

He consciously recalled that they were both surrounded by a blue light as they went near the object.  They were floated through a hatch into a grey coloured, rectangular room in the UFO.  After being put on two "benches" they were examined by several tall beings.  The beings were hairless, grey, and had grey bulges where we have eyes.  Slit like mouths and flat noses, with no ears were described.  During the examination, and without tearing their clothes, the beings connected "wires" to the men.

The reporting man, felt "used" as if a specimen.  They were then returned to the original spot where they had been.

Source: 1.  Moravec, M. (1984). "The Jindabyne Abduction." UFORAN 5(5):6-10.
 2.  Bill Chalker - retrospective investigation.

22 Sep 1979 Near Banka Banka, NT

Occurrence number 197904600. Occurrence id 66734. 22 Sep 1979.  near Banka Banka NT. Object in area.  Search ACFT found burnt trees and white ash but no object.  (Sneaky Martians?)  Misc UFO consisting of white light trailing smoke. Sighted by three witnesses.  F27 Plt reported white.

Source:  FOI request to Department of Transport 2004.

29 Sep 1979 Low Head, TAS 2200hrs (41:04, 146:48)

Flashing green and red lights were seen by the first mate of a ship, as part of an object which also shone a white light onto both ship and sea.  The object also appeared on radar for fifteen to twenty minutes, travelling at an estimated speed of two hundred and fifty nm/hr.

Source:  TUFOIC TA79107.

19 Oct 1979 Near Broken Hill, NSW

Occurrence number 197904657. Occurrence id 66791.  19 Oct 1979.  Near Broken Hill NSW. Acft, however no known aircraft in area.  Misc F27 crew sighted UFO whilst on climb out.  Flashing white light similar to strobe on high flying Fokker. B.V. F27 Mk 200.

Source:  FOI request to Department of Transport 2004.

20 Oct 1979 Cairns, QLD 0805hrs (16:55, 145:46)

One photograph was taken showing what is apparently a long thin object with tail, flying above a harbour.  The object was not seen at the time and appears to be a film fault.

Source:  UFORFNQ.

1980-1989 Adelaide, SA 1F (34:56, 138:36)

"Barbara", a young woman, wanted assistance in determining the origin of three relatively large triangular marks on her forehead which had simply appeared over night some two years prior. Over a ten year period Barbara saw UFOs, had a near death out-of-body experience, and a peak experience. She also experienced telepathy, precognitive visions, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic imagery, and other psychic style episodes.  As to the marks on the forehead, she did have recollections of "something" touching her forehead during one night, following which the marks were seen the next day.  Under regression she recounted how a "shadow" was in her room and shone a laser-like beam of light onto her forehead, thus creating the marks.

Source:  UFORA 90038.  UFORSA/Keith Basterfield.

Feb 1980 Cairns, QLD (16:55, 145:46)

A flattened area of sugar cane was found.  The standing cane was three metres high but the flattened cane lay in a spiral effect covering an area of about one hundred and fifty metres in diameter.  Only twenty metres away was another circle, fifty metres in diameter.

Source:  Cairns Post 28 Feb 1980.

11 Feb 1980 Malanda, QLD (17:21, 145:36)

An area sixty metres long and varying between five to nine metres of seed crop was found flattened.  The crop was one point three metres tall and healthy, but lay at angles between twenty and thirty degrees, direction SSE to NNW.  It was considered to be most probably unusual weather conditions which caused it.

Source:  UFORFNQ.

23 Feb 1980 Caravonica, QLD 2230hrs 2 wits/Cipriani (16:55, 145:46)

Four people were dining together.  One lady looked up and saw a pulsing glow and heard a pulsing sound.  Her husband went outside and watched a stationary, bright, rectangular orange light.  It was some two metres off the ground some thirty metres away.  Estimated as twenty by thirty centimetres in size, the light extinguished.

Source: 1.  UFORFNQ.
 2.  UFORAN 1/2/6.
 3.  "Journal of the Australian Centre for UFO Studies" 1/2/15 (ACUFOSJ).
 4.  Cairns Post 27 Feb 1980.

13 Apr 1980 South Kilkerran, SA 1M 2350hrs (34:26, 137:37)

Out of the corner of his eye a man sighted a row of flashing lights, yellow in colour, and apparently pacing his car.  He attempted to accelerate but the engine "cut out" for a second.  This occurred three to four times in fifteen to twenty seconds.  Then all of a sudden the car acted normally and he was able to drive on.  The lights seemed to move off very quickly from his right to behind him.

Source:  UFORSA.

19 June 1980 Ogilvie, WA (28:35, 115:20)

Four circular marks on the edge of a paddock were located.  The marks were one point three metres in diameter, ten centimetres deep and evenly spaced eight point seven metres apart.  They were in a soft barley paddock.

Source:  Daily News Perth 20 Jun 1980.

Jul 1980 Warrnambool, VIC 1750hrs multiwits (38:23, 142:29)

Many people watched an object travelling across the sky, west of the city.  A newspaper photographer took a picture of it which shows a dot and a trail behind it.

Source:  Standard Warrnambool 24 Jul 1980.

22 Jul 1980 Reynella, SA 1F 1620hrs (34:56, 138:36)

A moving object was photographed by a woman during daylight hours.  Three colour shots were taken with an Instamatic camera, and show merely a small dot which could not be identified.

Source:  UFORSA.

7 August 1980 Nr. Cairns, QLD Ca. 1330hrs 5mins

At about 1300hrs EST a TAA jet aircraft, flight 534 left Cairns on a flight to Darwin, via Gove.  It was flying domestic route AVOCADO.  When it was about 120 miles north west of Cairns, at 30,000ft, Captain Willinczyck reported to a Cairns Flight Services Officer that he had sighted an unknown object above his aircraft.  At an estimated 50,000ft AGL it was headed north-west, the same direction as the TAA plane.  It was visible for five minutes, until it was lost to view in the distance.  It was seen as a dark dot with a normal contrail.  The sky was totally clear.  A check revealed that there were no other civilian or military aircraft in the area.  Even the US embassy was checked to see if there had been any US aircraft in the area, with negative results.  Russell Boundy spoke to the FSO, who told Russell that the pilot was not interested in answering further questions.  Russell wrote to the pilot with a series of questions but did not receive a response.

Source:  The Australian UFO Bulletin’ Dec. 1980. P.13. Cuting a report from Russell Boundy, UFO Research (FNQ.)

30 Sep 1980 Rosedale, VIC 1M (38:09, 146:47)

Following a very close encounter involving a dome shaped object, some five metres tall and eight metres in diameter, the witness immediately saw an unusual marking on the ground below the position the object had been.  It was a doughnut ring of "black" flattened grass, with a total diameter of some eight point four metres.

Next morning he went back for a closer look.  Elsewhere the paddock was covered with yellow flowers, but a doughnut circle was clearly evident.  Black or brown in colour, it consisted of grass flattened in an anti-clockwise direction with a width of half a metre.  Green grass grew within the ring.  Evenly spaced within the ring appeared what looked like six "spokes" of almost undamaged grass. There were apparent health effects to the witness.  Physical examination of the trace and soil failed to reveal a cause for the marking.  The ring was still visible one year later.

Source:  Keith Basterfield, Bill Chalker and Garry Little.

3 Dec 1980 Murray Upper, QLD 2 wits (18:05, 145:52)

Mr G Peel was travelling with another person in his car when he saw a light in the sky to their left rear.  Suddenly the car engine and radio ceased to function, and the lights flickered.  An unusual beeping sound came from his radio whilst the object was present.  finally the object left the area.

Source:  UFORFNQ.

4 Dec 1980 Perth airport, WA 15mins

Four objects were visually seen glinting in the Sun.  A radar paint was obtained.  The returns were lost in the radar cone of silence.  Initially, the objects on radar were at 26,000ft then 72,00ft.

Source:  Jeff Bell, UFO Research WA. MUFON J Feb 1091 p5.

4 Mar 1981 Butchers Hill, QLD 2040hrs (15:51, 144:53)

Four clearly defined lights were seen, each moving independently over thirty degrees of arc, and were photographed.

Source:  UFORFNQ.

14 Apr 1981 Tinamba, VIC (37:58, 146:54)

Kim Gallaty and girlfriend saw a flashing light in the sky.  He drove slowly by thinking it was an accident but then accelerated away.  He saw a large orange glow and an impression of something metallic underneath it.  Some two weeks later three perfect ten centimetres wide circles of about five point one eight metres diameter forming a triangle were found on level ground two hundred metres from the homestead.  A white chalky substance was reportedly found in the soil of the circles.  Probably fungus.

Source: 1.  Pix People 22 Jul 1981;
 2.  Bill Chalker personal interview 17/7/81.  Bill examined some white material on (not in) the soil and thought it was superphosphate.)

16 May 1981 Cocklebiddy, WA 1915hrs 2 wits Winsome (32:02, 126:06)

Mr H. J. Winsome and his wife were travelling by car when they approached a stationary, bright red, glowing structure apparently on the ground, not too far from the road.  As they came level with it, it disappeared.  Through their car window they saw a pink glow high in the sky.  They experienced an uncomfortable perspiring effect on their bodies for a short while, although the outside air temperature was cool.

Source:  UFORSA.

17 Oct 1981 NSW 0200hrs

An air cargo L188 (Electra) aircraft was enroute to Brisbane from Sydney.  After departing from Sydney, the crew of three noted two targets on their RCA AVQ30 radar.  These were estimated to be forty nautical miles west of track.  Sydney Air Traffic Control confirmed the targets and advised there was no known traffic in the area.  The two targets continued to maintain a similar position ahead of the aircraft on an almost parallel track.  Near Newcastle the targets vanished from the aircraft's radar.  At this stage the targets were estimated as being some 30mls from the aircraft ( i.e. they appeared to have been closing on the aircraft track).  The total duration was fifteen minutes.  There was no visual contact.

Source:  UFO Research Australia Newsletter vol 2 no 4 Nov/Dec 1981 page 4, reported by Russell Boundy from a personal conversation with the Captain of the aircraft.

24 Oct 1981 Port Lincoln, SA 2M (34:44, 135:52)

Two young men, Messrs P. and J. were travelling in a car near Port Lincoln when they encountered a "white endless space" or room where a time loss of several hours is said to have occurred.  During this lost time they have vague memories of a "being" and recalled "...walking into a big room."  Just prior to the "space" they had been watching a mysterious light in the sky.  Arrangements to have the two men undergo full investigation was unsuccessful.  The being was described as one point two metres tall, and humanoid.

Source: 1.  Keith Basterfield/Pony Godic-personal investigation.
 2.  Basterfield, K. "Australia's First Abduction Event?" UFORAN 3(4):4.

18 Dec 1981 Sydney, NSW to Tokyo Japan 0415hrs 1M

A man took a photo from an aircraft at ten thousand metres, possibly over Queensland.  The black and white photo shows a point source wandering all over the print.  It is believed to shown interior cabin lights.

Source:  UFORSA.

1982 QLD 1F

A woman, in her late forties, recounts that during sleep she found herself in a spaceship.  The entities present, both male and female, were all human looking.  There were also a few other human being abductees, present also.  She would not let the entities examine her as she was pregnant.  The beings were apparently disturbed at having made a mistake saying they did not touch pregnant women.  One being showed her how the baby would look when born, which the woman says was accurate.  This was followed by a tour around the ship.  Her next memory is of being back on Earth in the countryside.  Suddenly she found herself in her bed.

Source:  UFORA90047. Bill Chalker.

28 Mar 1982 Esperance, WA 0300hrs 2F Collins/Yeend (33:52, 121:54)

Mrs F. Collins and Mrs M. Yeed reported the engine of their van was affected by the close approach of a brilliant object.  They stated it came within three hundred metres, and was soundless.  Investigations by this author suggest the object was in fact the planet Venus.

Source:  UFORAN 3/3/4.

May 1982 Carlton, TAS 2100hrs 1M

A misty egg shaped object was only one metre above the ground some fifteen metres away from a man.  Described as two point five metres tall by one and a half metres wide the object revealed a figure inside it.  The figure seemed one point seven five metres tall, normally proportioned.  The witness ran home.  Looking backwards he saw the object had left.

Source:  TUFOIC TA84022.

6 Jul 1982 Hampshire, TAS 1M (41:16, 145:47)

Hovering over a nearby paddock, a dark helicopter shape with a blue outline, was observed by a passing motorist.  The vehicle he was driving rolled to a halt after loosing power.  The adjacent roadside fence seemed to be giving off an electrical charge.  Seemingly only some five metres off the road, the object was only some twenty to thirty metres away from him.  After a short period of time the object turned, showed an orange glow, then simply faded away.  The man started his car and left the scene.

Source:  TUFOIC TA82034.

1983 Darwin, NT (12:27, 130:50)

Simon, sixteen, reported a series of events which included a night time close encounter, a number of dreams and also observations of entities about the house.  An investigation revealed a possible psychological explanation for the events.

Source:  Keith Basterfield and Pony Godic.

17 Jun 1983 Thornlie, WA 0645hrs 1M Pragnell (31:57, 115:51)

Mr Pragnell, was enroute to work on his motor bike when he saw what he at first took to be an aircraft.  It was delta shaped, soundless, with two very bright white lights on each wing.  Suddenly his motor bike engine stopped and he rolled to a halt still watching the mysterious object.  It disappeared at a speed faster than a plane.

Source:  PUFORG.

Jul 1983 Charlton, VIC 10mins (36:16, 143:21)

An orange-red hat shaped object approached a car and lit up the ground.  The vehicle's engine faltered but did not fail.  Some ten minutes later the object went behind a hill and was lost to view.

Source:  TUFOIC TA 86003.

22 Jul 1983 Melton, VIC 0040hrs hrs multi wits (37:49, 144:58)

Police chased a low level object for several hours during the night as it wandered over a relatively small area of countryside.

Source:  Copy of Police reports.

9 Aug 1983 Jericho, TAS 2045hrs (3-4mins) multi wits (42:23, 147:17)

Travelling south, people in a car saw an object three metres off the ground and only some ten metres away.  They said it was a circle of bright silver with a blue area in the middle top of the light mass.  There were triangular white lights also.  The surrounding area was well illuminated.  It was there for three to four minutes then left at speed.  During the event they heard a sound like "rushing air".

Source:  TUFOIC Newsletter. Oct 1983.

Ca. 1984 Harvey Creek, QLD 2030hrs 2F

A huge light confronted two women travelling by car.  The engine and lights of the car went out for no apparent reason.  The light passed over the car, temporarily blinding the women.  After a few seconds the vehicle's lights came back on by themselves.  The engine of the car started the first time the ignition key was turned.

Source:  UFORFNQ.

1984 Ellangowan State Forest, NSW

A man loaded his truck at KR Darling Downs in Brisbane with the intention of delivering goods to Casino then Grafton.  After unloading at Casino he continued his journey.  As he was driving along the road that ran through the Ellangowan State Forest, and all of a sudden everything lit up as bright as day.  He leaned forward to look up to his left and saw a green oval-shaped object about 100 metres from his truck and 50metres off the ground. It was the size of a house and pacing his car.  It had a fuzzy outline and was dark green.  He sat back and continued driving, feeling wonder and surprise which seemed to last for 30 seconds.  He didn’t remember having any other reactions.  Then he felt a bit of shock, then more shock as he realized he was driving into the outskirts of Grafton.  The clock in the service station he drove into said 11.50pm, but he didn’t expect to arrive until 12.50am.  Somehow he had driven to Grafton arriving far earlier than expected and had no recollection of the drive from the Ellangowan State Forest to Grafton, approximately 85kms.

Source:  UFORQLD website. Reported in 2009.

3 October 1984 32kms west of Broken Hill, NSW 0200hrs 1M 30secs

A Mr P Burke was driving a truck towards Broken Hill. He noticed a cigar shaped object the size of a semi trailer rises up from behind a hill.  The motor on his truck stalled, the headlights dimmed and the vehicle rolled to a halt on the side of the road. He got out of the truck.  The object at this time was about 60m away.  It was dark in colour and had red/green and blue lights underneath it.  It then shot straight up, cut away at a 45-degree angle, then veered off at another angle and disappeared.  It was a clear, starry night.

Source: Australian International UFO Flying Saucer Research magazine, number 26, February 1985 page 7.

13 Oct 1984 Perth, WA Photo 1130hrs 1M Photo (31:57, 115:51)

A man watched as a black, cigar shaped object appeared over some trees, and climbed vertically into the sky. He stopped his car and photographed it.

Source:  PUFORG.

15 Mar 1985 Cherrybrook, NSW 2 wits 2330hrs

Two teenagers stated that a large object rose over trees, then descended.  Their car was illuminated by torch beams.  Beings with long arms started to walk towards them.  The teenagers left at speed.

Source: 1.  UFORNSW NA85002.
 2.  Daily Telegraph 20 Mar 1985.

9 Jun 1985 Mt Newman, WA 2000hrs 20 mins 2M

Two pilots flying a Budget Charter Navajo twin engine aircraft had left Mt Newman and climbed to 10,000 feet when they observed a bright orange light approaching from the West at a fast rate of knots.  At first they thought it was an aircraft going into Mt Newman, but after checking they realised it was not an aircraft.  After the initial sighting, the object had stopped dead and pulled away from them, dropping to about 2000 feet.  The pilots stayed at 10,000 feet.  The light stayed with them for 20 minutes before disappearing.

Source:  WAUFOIC.

13 Jun 1985 Lake Clifton, WA 0515hrs mins 1M (34:15, 116:09)

Travelling by car a Manjimup farmer was followed by a bright orange light.  He saw it on three separate occasions.  The third time he stated that the inside of the car became hot. Police were notified.

Source: 1.  Western Australian UFO Investigation Centre. (WAUFOIC)
 2.  Folio 34 of RAAF file 5/3/1/AIR Part 11.  "Reporting on Unusual Aerial Sightings."

18 Nov 1985 Swansea, TAS 0330hrs 1M (42:08, 148:04)

A log truck driver noted three white lights.  Further on he saw a white, domed shaped object some one hundred metres away, thirty metres up in the air.  It appeared eighteen metres long by four metres high.  Over the next ten minutes it continued to be visible.  During the event the vehicle's CB radio emitted loud static and electrical interference.

Source:  TUFOIC TA85076.

20 Oct 1986 Edmonton, QLD 2130hrs 1F (17:01, 145:45)

Steering on a vehicle became a problem for a woman driving alone through cane fields.  Four hundred metres later the dash and head lights faded to almost nothing.  There was a buzzing sound and the engine lost power.  A bright oval, blue-green, light became visible ahead to the right, apparently staying on a parallel course to her vehicle.  Four kilometres further on full power and lights were restored and the buzzing sound stopped.

Source:  UFORFNQ QB86002.

1987 Tas/SA 1M

A number of paranormal and abduction-like events were reported by a twenty seven year old man, in 1990.  These included a 1987 event in which he woke paralysed in bed.  Something was being pushed into a vein in his arm.  Upon awakening he found a hole in his arm from which blood was issuing.

Source:  UFORA90066. Keith Basterfield and Julia Elsbeth.

1987 Between Lancefield & Romsey, VIC 2F

Brenda and daughter were driving when they saw a large boomerang shape.  The car’s engine stopped as the object hovered above them.  The daughter saw humanoids inside the object.  The object then shot off at speed.

Source:  Australasian UFOlogist Vol 7 No 1 p6.

15 Jan 1987 Corryong, VIC 1M (36:12, 147:54)

A commercial pilot flying a twin-engine Aero Commander from Canberra to Moorabbin was overtaken by a "mystery light" which paced his aircraft until he reached Eildon.  The light then shot away from his aircraft, rapidly accelerating towards the east.

Source:  ACUFOS Reports Digest Dec 1987. No. 28.

20 Feb 1987 Tully, QLD (17:56, 145:56)

Five circular areas appeared on the same property as the 1966 event.  Again they were in a lagoon area, where the vegetation was a fast growing grass.  The vegetation within the traces was flattened, matted and swirled clockwise.  Size of the marks - arranged in an arc - was one at three metres, three at four point six metres and one at four point seven metres.

Source:  UFORFNQ.

9 Jun 1987 Learmouth, WA 1900hrs 10mins 2M

UAS report   Report form 1-2SASSQN SASR Age 36 Witness A

At RAAF airstrip Learmouth.  North/south runway. 9 Jun 1987.  1900-1910hrs.  Wispy thin cloud at 10,000 feet.  Nil ground wind.  Visibility good. First observed East at 1600 mils 45 deg el.  Last seen NE at 800 mils 45 deg el.  Initially object at 5000 feet then moved up into cloud at 10,000 feet.  Used naked eye and binoculars. One white light changing/pulsating to amber.  About 5m in diameter.  Round.  Like a bright star.  Zig zag movement from E to W. Nil sound.  Approx speed 200km plus slowed to 80knm.  Disappeared with great speed.

Approached from E towards the strip.  Strip lights were on.  It zigzagged to left and right of its axis at 5000 feet.  Arrived over the strip (northern end) and went into hover and remained stationary for 6-7 minutes.  Light changed colour from white to amber, then it moved upwards into light cloud.  Moved NE slowly, then at great speed.

Part 3 of the pro forma is investigating officer’s evaluation.

14 Jul 87 at SASR RHQ.  Witness has stable personality and is reliable.  "Cause is unknown."  "It would not appear to have been an aircraft."

Witness A was setting up a DZ for a night free-fall descent.  At 1855K was at the W side of the strip opposite civilian terminal.  At 1900K the light came from the East.  The C130 aircraft involved in the exercise was still on the ground.  It became airborne at 1915hrs.  Once aircraft airborne tried to establish VHF comms.  Two VHF radios used-could not communicate.  Fresh batteries in radios.  When activity finished witness spoke to pilot of C130.  Aircraft had tried to communicate with no success.  This was the first time 3-9 Jun 1987 that comms ground to air failed.

Report form 2 Witness B age 26

Same details as witness A.  Witness B is a medic.  No connection with any UFO organisation.  Stable and well balanced.

Source:  NAA file series A703 control symbol 5/6/1/Air part 15. p7.

18 Jun 1987 Lawrenny, TAS 2205hrs 1M

An ambulance driver found that his vehicle's lights went out and the vehicle lost power while he was travelling alone.  He stopped at his destination and checked but could find nothing wrong.  On the return trip at the same place the same thing happened again.  This time he saw a semi-circle shape, yellow in colour, with an adjacent glow, stationary on a nearby hillside.  After a couple of seconds the motor picked up again and the lights came back on.

Source:  TUFOIC.

Jul 1987 Mareeba, QLD (17:00, 145:26)

A four metres diameter circle of flattened guinea grass two metres tall, was found.

Source:  (UFORFNQ.)

25 Jul 1987 Jamestown, SA 1M (33:12, 138:36)

Bronte Lloyd, a farmer, and his son in law sighted a red light.  Later that same evening, Bronte, now alone, saw an object sitting near the ground and he approached it to within six metres.  It was metallic, three point six metres wide, and two point one metres high, with a circular upper body tapering to a square base.  It rested on a couple of support legs.  Two prominent ribs ran around the outside of it.  There appeared to be portholes at regular intervals and three headlights. Lloyd retreated inside, and a possible CE3 event followed.  The police were called to investigate.  A square shaped depression, apparently formed through weight, was found.  There were also “footprints” found in wet grass.  Biochemist Tom Coote took some “blind” samples from Lloyd, and some electrolyte level (salt levels) anomalies were found. (Tom Coote interview Feb 1991. Lloyd also appeared on the Couchman show Sep 1991.)

Aged 51.  Farmer near Jamestown.  25 Jul 87. 1815hrs to 1945hrs.  Clear weather at time.  First seen 6o feet from ground to the north.  “Craft sighted whilst it parked on ground.”  Craft approx 20 yards wide.  Colour — light-iridescent bright red.  Craft — bright aluminium appearance.  Size — light-cone shape travelling to ground.  Craft— 12 feet wide 8-9 feet high.  Portholes approximately 4 feet above ground.  No sound from craft.  “Sound of shuffling type of walk treading on plastic heard outside while I was inside house...” 

“Don’t know how craft left.  The light just went off like they had been switched off.  Light appeared to be sued for directional purposes only.”  “Ground was marked by flattened grass and dried ground and slight indentation.”  There was a witness to part of the event — son in law aged 28 was there on the appearance of the first light only he then left to go home.  Form signed by witness on 4 Aug 87.

Source: RAAF file 5/6/16/Air part 1. “Unusual Aerial Sightings” 92WG INTEL RAAD Edinburgh pp23-30,41-43, 51-52.

21 Dec 1987 Launceston, TAS 1M (41:27, 147:10)

Mr. M. had delivered a vehicle to a country property and was returning to the car dealership with the traded Mercedes. He was travelling along Deddington road some 30k south of Launceston. He said that some lights were noticed to the rear of the car but he did not pay a great deal of attention at the time. However, something passed overhead and landed on the road ahead. At the same instant, all the car lights and motor failed leaving him no choice but to stop the car with the handbrake. He pulled up about 15m from a grey elliptical object which was hard to look at due to a number of bright lights.

He decided to leave the car and managed to hide behind some roadside bushes. As he watched, the car looked to be pulled along the road despite the fact he had left the handbrake on. At this juncture a second vehicle approached in the same direction M had been travelling.  The vehicle was a Land Rover on which the lights also failed. The driver of the second vehicle thought there had been an accident, but M dashed over to the Landrover driver and told him what had happened.  As they watched, they heard a high-pitched whine and the UFO took off and curved away into the southern sky in a matter of seconds.  M returned to his car which was now 10m further down the road and looked to have bitumen on the front.  He found that the car started immediately and he was able to continue his journey.

The witness had to make a telephone call on reaching home and was surprised to find that the time was so late, whilst the sighting delay was only minutes long.  He also said the Mercedes required electrical repairs.  He worried about the event for a few days, before finding the contact telephone number for VUFORS. The Land Rover driver remained unknown but the Centre interviewed M and visited the sighting location. The road had recently been repaired which may account for the bitumen spots. Local enquires also failed to uncover any possible explanations.

(TUFOIC investigators were Don Macsween, Paul Jackson and Keith Roberts.)

Sources: 1.  Hobart Mercury (22/1/88) and Launceston Examiner (22/1/88)
  2.  TUFOIC June Newsletter 1988, Tas & the UFO 2008
  3.  Bill Chalker Ozfiles 1996

Ca. 1988 Adelaide, SA 1F (34:56, 138:36)

A married woman.  "Jan", went to bed one night and during the night had a very vivid experience which she believes was not a dream.  She found herself in this white space.  Present were three entities.  They were some two point one metres tall, and covered in "gowns".  She wasn't frightened as the beings emitted a beautiful feeling.  She had a discussion with them.  When she woke the next morning she had a vivid recall of the events of the night apart from the content of the conversation.  Personality changes ensued subsequent to that night.  Since then she has reported episodes of sleep paralysis and other unusual activity.

Source:  UFORA91037. Keith Basterfield.

Ca. 1988 Mid North, SA 1F

Over a number of years a woman has experienced interactions with aliens.  All of these have taken place in her bedroom on the interface of sleep and wakefulness.  Some of the episodes have involved sexual contact.

Source:  UFORA91038.  Keith Basterfield.

1988 Adelaide, SA 1M (34:56, 138:36)

A man reported that he became aware of a presence in his bedroom.  He was overwhelmed with fatigue and fell asleep.  His next memory was of being pushed down a long, shiny, metal corridor on a "bed" of some kind.  He then entered a brightly lit, sterile room. He was placed on an "operating table" which was so brilliantly lit he couldn't see surrounding things clearly.  He came to in his own bed a couple of hours later.  Next morning he reports paralysis of one arm.  Reportedly medical examination, including x-rays were not able to determine a cause for this.

He further relates being abducted the next evening, but has almost no memories of this.  Next morning his arm was healed but he couldn't move one leg.  The most recent experience occurred on 24 Oct 1988, when he woke to see a group of short human-like beings at the foot of his bed.  Three or four stood back while one approached.  He described this one as one metre in height, with a large head and big eyes, looking like a white glowing light.

Source:  Bell, N. R. "Encounters of the 'Fourth Kind'."  The Golden Age.  Feb 1989. pp10-11 & 21.

1988(?) Adelaide, SA 1M (34:56, 138:36)

A man reported that he was in two way communication with aliens via an implant in his ear.  During an investigation it was revealed that he had undergone two apparent out-of-body experiences where he was "sucked out" of his body.  He indicated that during these episodes he had been taken on board a UFO.  His account was set in the context of on-going communication with the Ashtar Command via automatic writing.

Source:  UFORSA.

20 Jan 1988 Mundrabilla, WA 0410hrs mins 4 wits (30:54, 127:32)

The Knowles family reported that a bright light picked up their car and dropped it, causing it to burst a tyre.  A black dust was reportedly found on the vehicle after the event.  Tests for radioactivity were negative.  Regression hypnosis revealed no abduction scenario.  Analysis of dust from inside the car revealed only known elements.  Dust from the top of the car taken by the police within hours of the event showed nothing abnormal.

Source:  UFORSA & UFORA.

26 Jan 1988 Woree, QLD Photo 0610hrs

A series of six photographs were taken of the rising Sun.  A bright object present is almost certainly a cloud.

Source:  UFORFNQ.  Pic held on file.

23 Mar 1988 East Tamar Highway, TAS 2 wits

Two people were travelling home when they saw a bright light ahead.  The car lost power and the radio just went dead.  The driver pressed the accelerator to the floor but the car would not go above thirty km/hr.  Four square yellow lights were visible with a beam of light shining down from just below them.  They seemed fifty metres away and thirty metres up.  These lights eventually went off, and the car returned to normal.

Source: (TUFOIC Newletter. No 55. Jun 1988.)

21 July 1988 near Wycliffe Well, NT Near day break 1M

A light aircraft pilot was flying on a clear day with good visibility, at 5500 feet in a S-SW direction.  At a position 25 n.m. south of Wycliffe Well the pilot saw movement at an angle of 45 to his track.  There appeared a dull, silvery frosty, disk/round object.  It was travelling quite slowly and he could see an elongated shadow on the ground.  The pilot radioed Alice Springs Flight Service and asked if there was any known traffic in the area.  At this point he flew over the top of the object, which suddenly accelerated towards a nearby range of hills.  It then curved to the right, turned on its side and just vanished on the spot.

Source:  Keith Douglass - Alice Springs.

22 Sep 1988 Walcha, NSW 1930hrs 1M (30:59, 151:35)

Loss of power occurred to a car being driven by a man.  This loss persisted for ten minutes then full power returned.  Moments before the loss he had sighted a bright red/orange light directly ahead of the vehicle.  On the return journey at the same spot the same thing occurred.  During this second time though, the air temperature inside the car dropped from normal to chilly.

Source:  Bryan Dickeson & Moira McGhee.

1989 Melbourne, VIC 1F (37:49, 144:58)

In April 1991 a married, Melbourne woman related a series of events extending back some fourteen months from that time.  These included her six year old son reporting that five to six little men entered his bedroom and shone a "torch" at him.  He felt paralysed and whilst their the men telepathically told him they would not hurt him, but examined him and pushed something up his nose.  He described them as having grey skin, big heads and big black eyes.

The woman recalled an episode where something tried to physically pull her out of bed during the night.  She also recalled an episode at age seven, which she thought was a dream, where three pixies entered her room and abducted her.

In 1991 she was regressed and this revealed:-

 1.  At age seven, six beings entered her bedroom and took her away to a room somewhere.  After examining her they pushed something up her nose.  She was told she had been chosen for some task, not revealed to her yet.  She did not feel they were going to hurt her.  She was floated back home and into her bed. She woke up and thought it had been a dream.

 2.  At age thirty six, in 1991, beings again came to her bedroom and tried to take her away but she refused to go. Shortly after this, and while she was in bed with her husband, three small beings returned.  They scrapped both her and her husband with a silver "knife" telling her this was the last time for a while.

At some stage the beings told her she is to spread knowledge when they are ready.  They also told her the device up her nose was to keep track of her.

Source:  UFORA91044 Keith Basterfield.

11 Jan 1989 Perth, WA

Telex 11 Jan 89. From AHQAUST to DOA. Air contact report.
‘Perth radar SAAC advised that at 1229Z they observed an SSR return at 0000 and 5224 mode 3C altitude 76,700 feet.  The object was located approx 50NM north of Pearce and was moving south at approx 470kts G/S.  The Perth radar technicians are sure there is nothing wrong with their equipment and on replaying a tape of the observation state that there was also a primary return.  The ACFT was on radar for approx 24 secs and two radar sweeps.  Due to the close proximity of the aircraft to the radar installation (and hence the cone of silence) the primary return was very faint.  The radar observer was Mr Barrett SAAC Perth radar. No further action taken by AIRHQ OPS Perth will inform of any further developments.’

Source:  Papers from FOI request to RAAF.

Mar 1989 Flinders ranges SA

A seven metres diameter, doughnut shaped ring was located behind a hill where a woman reported a bright light descended.  Investigations revealed the light to be Venus and the marking, complete with mushrooms, appears to have been a fungus ring.

Source:  UFORSA.

22 Mar 1989 Swanston, TAS 1945hrs 2 wits (42:08, 148:04)

A dull orange light some one hundred and fifty metres distance was seen by two shooters as it silently passed through the trees towards the south.  Their dogs seemed uneasy.

Source:  TUFOIC TA89051.

12 Apr 1989 Perth, WA 0025hrs 1F (31:57, 115:51)

While awake in bed, with her sleeping husband, a German woman became aware of a high pitched sound.  On the right side of the bed she suddenly saw an entity estimated to be sixty to seventy centimetres tall.  It was semi-transparent and wore a bright green neon belt and a green ring.  The entity was in the process of examining a box when the lady moved.  The entity touched the belt and simply vanished.

Source:  UFORAN 7(1):22.

5 Jun 1989 Dorrigo, NSW (30:20, 152:43)

Two pilots tracked an object travelling at four thousand km/hr on an aircraft's weather radar.  The jet cargo aircraft crew noted a big return on the radar screen.  Over a period of four minutes it travelled from sixty nautical miles ahead to off the screen in a straight line track.

Source:  Bill Chalker.

16 Jun 1989 Yowah, QLD 0311hrs 2M (28:03, 144:48)

Two brothers engaged in opal mining reported seeing a large disk shape plus six smaller ones.  Both men were on their way to the toilet in the middle of the night when they saw a shadow of some object cast by moon light, passing over them.  A large hat-like object, some four to five times the size of the Moon was visible.  They went to wake up other people but on their return the objects had gone.

Source:  UFORQLD QA89015.

Jul 1989 Adelaide, SA 1M/1F (34:56, 138:36)

A man was lying in bed trying to get to sleep when a low pitched humming noise was heard.  His wife, lying alongside him, apparently asleep, said he was not to worry, do as they say.  He couldn't work out what she meant, and suddenly found himself paralysed.  Next he found himself floating along the hall passageway into the lounge.  Entering the lounge he saw his son in the arms of a strange being, one point seven five metres tall, it was of a greenish/white colour.  It appeared human-like.

Next he recalls lying down in a room.  In this room was a non human being.  He described it as having an oval shaped head, big black eyes, the shape of eggs.  There was no nose, just two holes, and a small slit of a mouth.  Then he was floated back and went to sleep in his own bed.

Next morning both he and his wife felt very strange.  She can recall talking in her sleep, but not the words she used.  She says she felt a presence during the night but was not afraid.  She has a memory of being on a table with some people looking at her.  She felt she had been investigated, then drifted back to her bed.  Hypnotic regression of both witnesses confirmed the above details.

Source:  UFORA 91098 - Keith Basterfield and Peter Jones.

10 Jul 1989 Clare, SA 0540hrs 2 wits 1M/1F Langman (33:50, 138:37)

A one metre diameter yellow/white ball was seen hovering stationary over a sofa in the lounge, by people in bed.  Simultaneously, they noted their feet were "glowing" like an x-ray.  The light and glow disappeared and they fell back to sleep.

Source:  Keith Basterfield.  UFORA 89012.

9 Oct 1989 Endeavour Hills, VIC (37:49, 144:58)

Two woman in a car observed an orange red UFO off the road, initially at a distance of some eight hundred metres, situated apparently on the ground and in trees.  They lost sight of it, and as they passed under some high power transmission lines they saw it again, starting to climb in altitude, up and over the power lines.  It then apparently crossed the road and flew away at high speed to the north-east.  On 13 Oct John Auchettl looked for traces, searching a three square kilometres area.  On 17 Oct a single three point six metres ring was found at the bottom of the hill by the road.  The surrounding ring was about eight to ten centimetres wide.  Four holes were present within the ring along with other effects.  Testing suggested that the yellowed grass in the ring was caused by "intense or massive doses of UV radiation."

Source: "The Churchill Park UFO Encounter-Ground Ring Summary" John Auchettl, Australian UFO Bulletin (VUFORS) Mar 1990.

2 Nov 1989 Eden Valley, SA 1F (34:39, 139:06)

A thirty five year old female nurse tells of events including rattling doorknobs, and a sense of presence.  There is also an account of levitation.  Entities came in to touch her.  They had eyes with no pupils.  She felt disoriented.

Source:  AIUFOFSR.

Dec 1989 Speed, VIC (35:24, 142:26)

The farm of Max and Nancee Jolly was the location for the discovery of twelve swirled, flattened wheat circles.  Two circles were three point six metres across, one was two point seven four metres, one was two point five nine metres, one was one point nine eight metres, five were one point eight three metres, one was one point three seven metres and one was one point two two metres.  The wheat had been flattened and swirled anti-clockwise.  Stalks were undamaged with grain matured on the heads.

Source: 1.  "The Turriff Ground Ring Summary" John Auchettl, the Australian UFO Bulletin June 1990. VUFORS.;
 2.  "Multiple Ground & Air rings phenomenon discovered."  John Auchettl, Australian UFO Bulletin Sep 1980.
 3.  Bill Chalker.

1990 Sydney NSW 1F (33:53, 151:13)

A woman has repeated recollections of a "dream" where she sees herself lying in bed with some "little" people near her.  This dream first occurred in childhood.

Source:  UFORA 90048.  Bill Chalker.

Jan 1990 Sydney NSW 1F (33:53, 151:13)

A woman in her twenties living in a semi-rural area describes a possible period of missing time, and gynaecological problems arising from an incident on 17 Jan 1990.

Source:  Bill Chalker.

1 Jan 1990 Malanda, QLD 2050hrs multi wits (17:21, 145:36)

Five people saw a red oval light mass approach their house, then stop. At this point it was estimated as two hundred metres away, four hundred and fifty metres up.  Above this red mass was a smaller white light.  Some thirty seconds later the object zoomed away and was over the horizon in five seconds.  Two other independent groups of witnesses saw the object.

Source:  UFORFNQ QB90002.

17 Feb 1990 Canberra, ACT 0515hrs (35:17, 149:13)

Mr Zoran Ivanisevic went outside into his backyard and noted an unusual, soundless object in the morning sky.  It was at a low elevation in the east.  He fetched his video camera and took some video.  The video, which appeared on national television, shows a bright, white light.  Then follows a second segment showing it as an almost round object with a hole in the centre and two "bites" out of the top and bottom.  Investigations revealed it to be Venus.

Source:  John Jensen, Keith Basterfield and Ray Brooke.

28 Mar 1990 Ferrenden Park, SA Night 1M (34:56, 138:36)

While replaying a video tape of a laser display a man noted an unusual bright light on the film, which he had not noticed when filming.  Investigation by Ray Brooke determined that the most probable cause was that he had filmed a street light.

Source:  Ray Brooke.

11 June 1990 0208hrs Exmouth, WA 14mins

‘I can't tell you who I am, but I have been living with this event since 11 June 1990.  I am ex-Australian military and was operating out of RAAF Base Learmouth.  On the night mentioned at approximately 0208am myself and my patrol section was on a recon exercise (patrol when we experienced something.  A rifle section consists of 9 men; we were the only patrol out that night.  The triangular craft was massive, at least 2 football fields wide. I've seen a lot of aircraft in my life time but this scared the shit out of me and my patrol.  The object was black with eight dull lights (white) on 2 edges of the craft with a red light in the centre.  It gave off a low humming noise, like a sub woofer amp and moved slowly at first almost like a Zeppelin airship almost hanging still in the sky.  We were awestruck by this object, once it was spotted, my section layed low on some dunes near the beach, and watched for approximately 14 minutes when the object went from no purpose to rapidly moving south-west for possible 5kms out to sea and then vertical like a blur.  We got a clear look at what we could and the area of coast is not populated, and it was a clear night.  I mentioned our experience to my flight seargent when we returned to Learmouth.  It was dismissed as a USAF Galaxy transport aircraft as we had a few arriving to Learmouth to resupply the Harold E. Holt US Navy Base during the week.  I can tell you it was no Galaxy.  I confide in you as I struggle to this day to understand what it was that we saw.’

Source:  MUFON Case management system.  Reported December 2014.

Mid Jun 1990 Sandfly, TAS 2300hrs 1M (42:59, 147:12)

A person driving home alone on a rural road noted a very bright white oval shape to the right of him.  He stopped the car when level with the larger than Moon-sized object.  It appeared ninety metres off the road less than twelve hundred metres up and was stationary.  It then departed to the south-west at speed.

Source:  TUFOIC.

26 Jun 1990 Apslawn, TAS 2358hrs 1M

Disturbed by barking dogs a man saw a saucer shaped object with a square top in the middle, near ground level, two to three hundred metres away.  It followed a fence line before the witness went inside.  Watching from a window he saw the object pass out of sight behind a hill.

Source:  TUFOIC.

28 Jul 1990 Thornsland, QLD 2120hrs 4 wits

While travelling home a woman and her three children sighted an unusual object hovering to their left.  It was white and flashing red/green/yellow.  She drove quite near it almost passing underneath.  The object was a typical saucer shape with dome.

Source:  UFORQLD.

28 Oct 1990 Jamestown, SA Hoax (33:12, 138:36)

Property owners confirm they found a ten metres diameter circle surrounded by a ring, making it sixteen metres across in a wheat paddock.  The wheat was green and in undulating countryside.  It had ill defined edges and was then revealed to be a hoax.

Source:  UFORSA.

19 Mar 1991 Lefroy, TAS 2200hrs 2 wits (41:07, 146:59)

Two witnesses, travelling home and some sixteen kilometres out of Lefroy, saw a bright, stationary light.  This light was orange in colour and was seen at low elevation.  It just "switched off."  However, a little further on, the same or a similar light became visible.  The car seemed to splutter at this point as the light moved away behind a hill.

Source:  TUFOIC.  TA91009.

19 May 1991 Young, NSW 1400hrs 1M (34:19, 148:18)

A sixteen year old youth reported seeing an object only twenty metres away and one metre off the ground.  He first took it to be a small car but it had no wheels.  It was green in colour and had a roof like a car but no glass.  There were no wings and it was shaking from side to side so quickly that it seemed blurred at the edges.  It seemed to have a one metre long green light which made the object glow.  After twenty seconds it just went straight up into the air.  As it went higher it changed to a silver colour.

Source:  Bill Chalker.

June 1991 Perth WA ? (31:57, 115:51)

Double rings were first found in Jun 1991, then photographed in Mar 1992.  The rings, near the Blackwood River, Augusta, appear to have changed little in one year and vegetation appears sparse in the area.  The circles were about fifteen metres across.

Source:  Brian Richards/UFORUM.

25 Aug 1991 Waddamana, TAS 2100hrs several mins (42:08, 146:45)

Several minutes of video footage was taken of a bright, white, round light seen to the east-north-east of two witnesses out camping.  The light moved left and assumed a more elongated shape, then more one of points of light in an irregular pattern.  The lights went out and the video camera failed.  A radio on at the time also went fuzzy.  It appears they may have seen the rising Moon through trees.

Source:  TUFOIC.

13 Nov 1991 Mt Magnet, WA 0230hrs 1M (28:04, 117:51)

A man was travelling alone in a utility at one hundred km/hr when he suddenly saw a light appear on the horizon in front of him.  The light became brighter and approached him, turning a yellowish colour as it came nearer.  He dipped the vehicle's headlights thinking it might be an approaching truck.  The round object came within an estimated two hundred metres, then simply stayed at that distance no matter whether he slowed down or accelerated.  At its closest it was pure white.  He did a U-turn and the light followed him before finally leaving.  Duration twenty minutes.

Source:  UFORA - Keith Basterfield.

21 Nov 1991 Holgate, NSW 2145hrs mins 2 wits

Two adults noted two yellow/white lights, thirty degrees elevation in the north-west sky, travelling south.  A third light was seen to rise above the northern horizon to twenty degrees elevation, then set again.  This was repeated once more, to fifteen degrees.  The man fetched his binoculars and looked at the soundless, travelling lights.  He then took two time exposure photos which confirmed a moving light source.  The lights disappeared out of sight behind trees.

Source:  Harry Griesberg.

Dec 1991 Hopetoun, VIC (35:44, 142:22)

In a wheat crop, a farmer came across six flattened swirled circles, varying from two to three point five metres in diameter.  Later in an adjacent paddock he found an oval six point five metres across.  Anti-clockwise swirl.

Source:  (Melbourne The Age 31 Dec 1991.

Dec 1991 QLD Early evening several mins 2 wits

A couple observed, and filmed on video for a number of minutes, a bright white light moving near a storm front.  Bill Chalker has examined the video in detail.  Aircraft and helicopters appear to be an unlikely explanation.  Another family nearby, witnesses classic ball lightning, inside a house, apparently on the same evening.

Source:  Bill Chalker/UFOIC.

12 Dec 1991 Werris Creek, NSW 1F 0100hrs (31:21, 150:39)

During intermittent sleeting rain, a woman observed a strange light near Duri.  After passing through Currabubula, she reports that the lights apparently passed over the car, a strange sound was heard, and there were two brief episodes of loss of power and lights with the car.

Source:  Bill Chalker/UFOIC.

Jan 1992 Grampians Area, VIC

A radio news item told how a sixteen year old girl had seen and photographed an "alien."   Later another news item reported that the photographs were of a plastic mannequin.

Source:  Peter Jones and Ray Brooke.

29 Jan 1992 Bankstown, NSW 0200hrs 3M

A student saw an object at close range-some one hundred metres.  It was rectangular in shape, five metres thick and had a metallic glassy reflection.  There were blue/yellow lights on the bottom and green lights on the side.  Trees were swaying significantly during the event.  There was static on the TV.  Street lights were said to have gone out at the time, coming on twenty minutes later.  The student's father and brother witnessed the end of the event when the object went straight up.

Source:  Bill Chalker/UFOIC.

5 Apr 1992 Near Agnes Banks, NSW

A flattened, slightly "starburst" "circle" in grass was found, nearly four metres across, shaped like a light bulb in section.  There were other less distinct effects in the long grass nearby.  Although there was evidence of separate toadstools fruiting in a "fairy ring", the site in question was quite different.  It is felt that it may have been the result of wind vortices or a similar phenomenon.

Source:  Personal investigation Bill Chalker.

13 May 1992 Perth, WA 1650hrs 1M (31:57, 115:51)

While driving alone, a man saw a black, rectangular shape ahead of his vehicle.  As he got nearer it was seen to be an upright cylinder, about the size of a forty four gallon drum.  Travelling slowly, in a north to south direction, there appeared to be a blue glow beneath but attached to the object.  The man took a photograph of it.

Source:  Brian Richards/UFORUM.

13 Aug 1992 Geraldton, WA 1F 0330hrs (28:46, 114:37)

After dreaming of being caught in a bushfire, and feeling its heat, Linda awoke to find a softly glowing orange sphere about the size of a rock melon, at arm's length in front of her face.  It just hovered there.  Even stranger were the fins all round it.  The bottom two were larger than the rest, were a golden yellow colour, and were truncated rather than pointed.  The object moved silently to the right and simply disappeared near the door.

Source:  Brian Richards/UFORUM.

19 Sep 1992 Jarradale, WA 1200hrs 2M (32:20, 116:07)

A man and his son, out hunting firewood, saw a jet black object close by.  The "thing" had no arms and on either side of the head were two white patches where eyes might have been.  It was estimated to be some three and a half metres tall.

Source:  UFORUM.

22 Mar 1993 Armadale, WA 1F 2315hrs 3mins (32:09, 116:00)

Jenny was driving along when she noticed a very bright light like a white flare.  It was falling towards the ground.  As she got closer she saw it was spherical, with a smaller sphere on either side.  There were two other motorists ahead who did not appear to see the object.  As she drew yet closer, the lights moved to the right of her vehicle over waste ground.  The car radio started to crackle and went dead, and the car's lights dimmed.  She pulled the car over for a better look and then saw there were in fact three lights in a row, two on either side of a central one, aligned horizontally.  As she drove off the car's radio returned to normal.  The object simply disappeared.  Duration of the event was three minutes.

Source:  Brian Richards/UFORUM.  UFORA 93056.

Jun 1993 Myaree, WA 0010hrs 1M

A computer technician was driving when he suddenly noticed moving red, green and blue lights shaped like an inverted bunsen burner.  After dropping behind some trees, the object then rose and headed towards him.  At this point the car's engine died.  The man got out of his car and telephoned friends to tell them what had happened.  He said a plane was following the object for twelve minutes.

Source:  Brian Richards/UFORUM.  UFORA 93073.

7 Aug 1993 Belgrave, VIC 0000hrs (37:50, 145:30)

Six people, three groups, one of three people, a couple, and a single male, in three separate vehicles independently reported their involvement in an highly strange incident.  It appears all groups stopped their vehicles to watch a large object descend in a paddock, following which a group of tall entities emerged and approached the three groups.  The couple next recall being back in their motor vehicle, and both feeling ill, and that a period of missing time had occurred.  Upon reaching home, and before going to bed, one of the women, Kelly noted a red, triangular mark beneath her navel and a small "cut" on her bikini line similar to a laparoscopy marking.  This cut seemed only a couple of days old.  Later Kelly was hospitalised for unexplained bleeding.  Out of the car containing the three people, both women recalled being abducted onboard a UFO, and later finding physical marks on their bodies which were photographed.

Source:  1.  Kelly Cahill.
 2.  Keith Basterfield.

30 Jan 1994 Brisbane, QLD 2 wits

50km from Brisbane two passengers on Ansett flight AN071 noted a flat, white object, like a cloud in the shape of a dish, which approached the aircraft from the rear.  It seemed to be 45m in length and 1-2m thick.  It was travelling fast and passed under the plane.

Source:  PRA Journal Mar 1994 pp11-15.

24 Jul 1994 60Km NW of Melbourne, Victoria 0430hrs Grace Kyriakidis, Tina Chatzibasile, Joy Bock and Victoria McGinley (37:15, 144:25)

Grace was driving the others home when oblong, glowing orange lights were seen parallel to the road.  A few moments later a large orange light was noted only twenty metres behind the car.  They stopped and got out of the vehicle and looked up to see a large, diamond shaped object, with writing on its tail, close to the ground.  A steady, droning sound seemed to come from it.  The object went sideways and disappeared behind trees.  They went on in the car, pulled into a driveway but were frightened to see a shadowy, human figure.  They left the scene.  They were followed by a bright orange light, before it finally vanished.  On arriving at Grace’s house they determined that seventy five minutes of time had been lost.  The next day all four suffered nosebleeds and headaches.  Victoria was charged with static electricity.  All experienced frequent memory lapses.  Them women later saw small, bright lights on the walls of Joy’s house.

Source:  Woman’s Day 26 Dec 1994.

Aug 1994 Albany, WA Dusk 1M (35:00, 117:52)

A goat farmer was milking one of his goats at a location some thirty five kilometres from Albany.  The light was poor but suddenly the area was lit by a blue light.  Looking up he saw a large, oval object hovering some twenty metres above him.  It had a row of windows or portholes visible.  There was no sound.  He went into his house to alert others but by the time they emerged the object had gone.

Source:  Brian Richards/UFORUM.

15 Nov 1994 Coonabarabran, NSW 4 wits (31:16, 149:17)

A large light source was seen hovering over a road.  An approaching car seemed to cause it to move off and come close to a farmhouse where it was seen by four people.  They described it as diamond shape with lights around the edges, and window like structures.  There was a bright yellow light emerging from it.  At closest it seemed to come to within three hundred metres away at tree top height, and was silent.  It passed along side the farmhouse and then left at speed with a high pitched engine noise audible at this point.

Source:  UFOIC.

Dec 1994 Northfield Adelaide, SA (34:56, 138:36)

A fifteen point three metres diameter, flattened, swirled crop circle was detected in a wheat paddock in suburban Adelaide.  The stalks were flattened anti-clockwise and there were sidebars to the formation.  Suggestions were made that it was a hoax.

Source: 1.  M & K Maros.
 2.  K. Basterfield personal investigation.
 3.  Adelaide Advertiser 15 Dec, 17 Dec, 22 Dec 1994.

Jul 1995 Balladonia, WA 2000hrs 2 wits (32:28, 123:52)

A light was noted by a man and his daughter as they were driving.  As they approached they saw that the object had stopped at the side of the road.  They drove past it at a distance of ten to twenty metres.  It hovered just above the ground stirring up dust.  The silent object had no effect on their vehicle.

Source:  Barry Taylor.

29 Aug 1995 Radnor, TAS 2130hrs 1M CE2 (43:09, 147:51)

A motor mechanic for sixteen years, was travelling by car heading eastwards some eight kilometres east of Port Arthur.  Suddenly, a bright, white mass of light was seen to the south of the road.  His car momentarily "played up a little."  Later when returning along the same stretch of road he sighted a rectangular object, and his vehicle’s lights went off and the engine failed.  He got out to check for faults but found none. His car restarted as the object left.

Source:  TUFOIC.

1996-1999 Grafton, NSW day/night

Grafton based UFO researcher Barry Taylor video taped numerous daytime and night time UFOs.  In 2000 Barry compiled a selection of his video footage into a 50 minute video titled "UFOs Down-Under."  This video contains examples of low altitude brightly illuminated UFOs flying over Grafton City.  The most interesting footage shows a "Jellyfish" orange Orb UFO with a "Black eye" slowly flying over Grafton.  This object featured a long dangling appendage hanging from the object.  This "tail" moved in a manner as if used to propel the object in a jerky motion.  This was an 8 minute sighting with a witness.

Source:  UFO researcher Barry Taylor

1996 Perth, WA

A woman reported that in 1996 her husband attended an air show and took pictures of the “Roulettes” performing.  Upon development, the pictures showed an unusual disk-shaped object.  Examination of the photos indicated that the shadow patterns of both planes and object were consistent.

Source:  UFO Research Queensland sightings reports 1998  18/10/2002

1996 Glass House Mountains, Qld 2 wits

A young man then aged 16 and his girlfriend were waiting outside for a lift to work at 4.30am and saw a massive light in the distance come closer and pass over them silently at 15 metres elevation.  It was triangular with nine metres to each side and had a light on each corner.The sighting lasted for about five minutes.

Source:  UFORQLD website. Reported 2008.

Jan 1 1996 Port Macquarie, NSW sev wits

Several witnesses saw two bright orange lights side by side.  Seen three times.  Mr B noticed a “porthole” from which light seemed to come.  Then a fast moving light was seen travelling towards the coast.  Also seen and videotaped on another night.

Source:  UFO researchers Barry Taylor

16 Mar 1996 Casino, NSW Evening (28:52, 153:03)

Two adults reported observing unusual lights and experiencing a period of "missing time" on a tip between Lismore and Grafton.  Regression hypnosis revealed their vehicle had been stopped by a UFO, and the family abducted and taken on board where medical examinations were conducted.  The family were then returned to their vehicle. A large number of unusual after-effects were noted.

Source:  K Basterfield.

31 Mar 1996 Sellicks Beach, SA 1930hrs 1F

Mrs Verna Martin sighted a semi-circular set of lights, which looked like huge headlights.  They were white/blue in colour and stationary. Photos were taken.

Source:  AIUFOFSR Newsletter May 1996.

22 May 1996 Ipswich, QLD 0015hrs (27:37, 152:47)

A woman was out with her dog, when she noticed two, short, glowing beings with no apparent clothes, and dark eyes.  During the event the beings seemed to reassure her mentally.  The entities then faded from view.  The event, to the witness lasted five minutes, but one and a quarter hours had gone by.

Source:  UFORQLD.

22 May 1996 Gladstone, Qld 2055hrs Multi wits

Residents reported seeing a light in the sky which was star shaped.  Police officers also saw it and said it was silent and moving too fast to be a star.  Joan Mann took a video of it, which appeared, on TV.

Source:  Undated Adelaide TV Channel 10 news item.

22 May 1996 Brady’s Lookout, Tas 1530hrs

A motorist on the West Tamar Highway reported an upright, vapour-like trail to the north, in the direction of Georgetown.  The trail changed into an upright bronze-coloured cigar shape, which disappeared in front of the witnesses.

Source:  TUFOIC Newsletter no 79.

29 May 1996 Launceston, TAS 1300hrs

A vertical, misty cloud was seen in clear blue sky.  It appeared to form a vertical up-right cylinder which seemed to have a long hole.  The witness and a friend who had observed the object looked away for a second, and upon looking back the object had gone.

Source:  TUFOIC Newsletter no 79.

10 Jun 1996 Launceston, TAS (1400-1500hrs) 2M

Driving past Symmons Plains heading north on the Midland Highway, two men sighted a bright white but narrow horseshoe shape hovering in the clear blue sky to the north in front of them.  Later, it changed into a solid white object, and lost elevation until it appeared in front of trees.  It appeared 500m away.  At this point one of the men took a photograph of it which was blurred due to car motion.  The object then took off.  Later, heading home they saw the same or a similar object.

Source:  TUFOIC Annual report 1997.

29 Jul 1996 Grafton, NSW 2045hrs 8mins 2 wits

Barry Taylor and another person saw a bright, orange/red light in the sky moving slowly towards them.  An identical light followed on a smooth trajectory.  There was no sound.  8 minutes of video were taken.  Lost to sight over Mt Tucobia.

Source:  UFO researcher Barry Taylor.

29 Aug 1996 Port Arthur, TAS 2000hrs 1M

Mr D, a mechanic, was travelling by car and was 8km east of Port Arthur when a bright, white mass of light was noted to the south at an estimated distance of 1km.  His car "played up" a bit.  The light vanished and the car resumed normal running.  At 9.30pm on the return run the cigar shaped, white coloured mass returned to the south.  It paced the car for several kilometres.  The motor started to miss, then all the lights went out and the power failed in the car.  He estimated the cigar was 200m away at this time.  The man got out of the car and checked the battery, starter motor and wiring but found nothing amiss.  The cigar moved off to the west and he found he could start the car first time he tried.  He closed the bonnet, saw the cigar was looking smaller in size in the west and then he drove off.

12 Oct 1996 Bridgewater, Tas 2M

A man was driving along and sighted a glowing oval to the south east.  A noise came from the object and it shone a beam of light down towards a hillside.  Finally it just shot off.  Another man took a video of it but when played back, although the Moon and stars could be seen, the object was not there.

Source:  TUFOIC Annual Report 1997.

13 October 1996 Hawthorndene Adelaide, SA 2145hrs (5-6secs) 1F+1M

Loud rumbling noise like thunder was heard. Lady went to backyard and saw a glittering or glowing green light some 50m away and only 10m above ground.  The light was stationary.  Seemed 30-45cm in diameter.  She watched it for a short time and then called her brother.  However, before he arrived the light had departed.

Source:  UFORSA.

25 Nov 1996 Alice Springs, NT 2315hrs NL/IFO

Many people saw at least four bright orange "fireball" type lights in the sky.  They headed off to the West.  10 photos were taken.  One police officer got one object on video.  Two nights later police found two men filling plastic bags with gas and releasing them.

Source:  National UFO Reporting Centre: 6/4/97.)

5 Feb 1997 Grafton, NSW 1110hrs 1M Photo

A light was seen moving SW to NE with an unusual movement.  This was described as “accelerating” and "slowing" as it moved across the sky.  Near Orion’s Belt it momentarily brightened, then assumed its former brightness.  Shortly after this it faded and was lost to view.  1000 ASA film was used to take four pictures.  A man from Coffs Harbour rang to report observing the same light, with the same unusual movements described.

Source:  Barry Taylor.

21 Mar 1997, Coolangatta, QLD 1340hrs

A passenger in a Sydney to Brisbane flight was passing over Coolangatta on descent to Brisbane when they saw a long, thin, dark grey cloud to the East and out to sea.  It was estimated to be 1km long.  It then changed shape and divided into segments, becoming more hazy.  A bright white light flashed twice from one end of the object. Except for this cloud, which could have been well out to sea, the sky was clear.  The witness contacted ATC but was advised there were no aircraft in the vicinity at the time.

Source:  UFORQLD "Encounter" No 175.  Note: QUFON received an almost identical report but dated 4 Apr 1510hrs.

Apr 1997 Longford, Tas Evening 2F

A mother and daughter travelling home along Illawara Road, near Longford, experienced a strange encounter one evening in April, 1997.  In the distance the saw an oval foggy light, it was moving rapidly towards their car.  The mother recalled the car radio went crackly before the light seemed to engulf the car.  She could not remember stopping or starting the car. The next thing they recalled was the light approaching a second time and just disappearing over the top of their car.  However, the driver now realised they were on the Bass Highway near Hagley, she could not recall driving the car to this point.  The car radio which had been on before the encounter was now turned off. The mother said they both suffered from a headache for some weeks, whilst her long-term back pain had suddenly disappeared for several days.  The report is almost identical to the Lawitta event of 1979

Source:  TUFOIC Newsletter Jul-October 1998, edition 84.

3 Jun 1997 Algester Brisbane, Qld 1845hrs 2 wits

A couple were in their backyard.  The male witness looked up to the sky and observed a "weird" looking light.  It was heading towards them.  When it came nearer he described it as circular in shape, orange in colour and making no sound.  He asked his partner to get a camera.  The witness was able to take three photographs.  The object departed, staying at tree top level.

Source:  "Australian sightings register" in "The UFOlogist" Vol 1 No 3 Jul/Sep 1997.

9 June 1997 Strathalbyn, SA 1930hrs 2M

Travelling in a ute when saw to the right front, just inside a paddock, an unusual object low down near the ground.  They followed it for 2Km when all of a sudden it simply vanished.  Described as triangular shape, with the shape outlined by series of red lights.  It seemed to be 22m in length and about 10m in height.  Each red light seemed ass big as a basketball.  Adjoining and merging into the main triangle was another triangular shape.  They heard no noise from it at all.  Looking for surrounding witnesses, one farmer telephoned his wife on his mobile to ask if she could see a "red Christmas tree" shape up ion the sky.  She went outside but was unable to see it.  He was three km away from the original witnesses.

Source:  K. Basterfield.

4 July 1997 Port Elliot, SA 0700hrs 2 wits

Three flat discs in the E sky close to the rising Sun.  They took one photo, then one disc disappeared.  They took another shot and a second disc went.  A third shot, after which the third disc left.  All had been in a straight line, equidistance apart.  The photos show a sunrise scene, with extremely small angular white lines present.

Source:  UFORSA.

28 July 1997 Ceduna, SA

An elderly water diviner "Alan" set up a "psychic" style alphabet ouija board.  Via this he was told to go to a particular location in the bush near Ceduna, which he did.  At this location he was told that an alien would meet him and take him away in his flying saucer.  He travelled to the location, but the alien told him "he was too good a man" and decided not to take him.  Alan believed the alien's intentions were "not good."

Source:  UFORSA

29 Sep 1997 Jacobs Well, QLD Ca. 2359hrs 1min

Pilot Rob Hill and another person were flying Brisbane to Lismore in a helicopter, when they saw an unusual object, with three lights on it.  These lights were evenly spaced along its side.  The Pilot is quoted as saying: "It seemed to be flat and then it tilted like an aircraft banking and disappeared."  Brisbane ATC advised no other traffic was in the area.

Source:  The Northern Star 3/10/97 pp1&2.  My copy courtesy Wendy Murfitt.

1 Oct 1997 Northern NSW

Pilot Wayne Fisher was flying a helicopter, between Brisbane and Lismore at 7000 feet, on a clear night, when the chopper was bathed in white light, which came from above and behind.  Two other people were on board, a Dr Margo Harbison and a Steve Van Bratt.  Brisbane Air Traffic Control had no other aircraft in the vicinity.

Source:  The Northern Star 3/10/97 pp1&2.  My copy courtesy Wendy Murfitt.

1 December 1997 Kangaroo Island, SA 2330hrs 2M Koch & Schindler

Mr Kym Koch an aircraft pilot reported seeing an object low on the horizon while flying between Adelaide and Kingscote.  He was at 4000 feet when he sighted a very bright, round orange object about 20 degrees elevation.  Shortly after this he was contacted by Adelaide approach radar who told him they had received a report from a Kangaroo Island police officer and asked Koch if he had seen anything.  Koch says they told him they had a radar sighting.  Koch watched it for 15 minutes.  When he landed he spoke to Constable Schindler who reported the light to Adelaide.  Schindler reported having seen it for 9 minutes as it travelled Westwards.

Source:  Channel 7 news & The Sunday Mail 7 Dec 1997.

8 Jun 1998 Devenport, TAS 2200hrs Several mins 1M

Mr B of Devonport presented the Centre with a video he took.  The video, which lasts several minutes, shows two white lights slowly crossing the northern sky and moving away to the north-west.  Mr B says he and a friend first spotted a single light at high elevation moving from south-east towards the north-west.  B went inside to get his Sony Video camera with night vision.  He located the light and commenced filming until it was fading away into the north-west.  At no time did they see two lights.  Upon playing the video they were surprised to see two lights in the field of view.  One light appears below the other, moves beneath and up to the left, pulsing on and off as it moves.  The two lights are then visible in the remaining shots as they move off well apart and changing position relative to each other.  Mr B called Launceston Airport that evening and they in turn checked with Melbourne for air traffic in the area; there was none.  There did not appear to be any satellite or astronomical explanations to account for the two lights.

Source:  Source:  Tasmanian UFO Investigation Centre

20 Jun 1998 Granton, TAS 1930hrs 1F

A set of four large and three small red lights appeared to the rear of Mrs C's car soon after she left the Granton road junction.  The lights did not flash they just seemed to vary in brightness and were arranged in a horizontal line with the smaller lights in between.  Mrs C thought at first it could have been a police car, but she had seen no police cars on the road and none overtook her.  The lights were obscured when the witness rounded a bend and nothing more was seen on the trip home.  Mrs C reported witnessing a variety of lights action on subsequent evenings.  A number of photographs were taken and some of these show lights in the night time skies.  None of the photographs appear to be due to flaws or reflections.

Source:  Source: Bill Kelly TUFOIC

26 Jun 1998 Brisbane, QLD (2245-2330hrs) 1M

A professional video cameraman had just returned home at the Bay side when he was called outside by his next door neighbour.  To his surprise he saw a group of lights high in the sky.  He grabbed his camera and started filming a light formation.  The footage was shown on the Channel 7 News that night.  The cameraman stated it was like nothing that he had ever seen before.  During the episode, an inbound aircraft was seen passing near one of the objects.

Source:  UFOICQ

11 Sep 1998 Surfers Paradise, QLD 1030hrs 1M Photo

Oswald Raeder took two photos of a building.  Upon development, the first shot also showed two puffs of smoke and the second showed a "black saucer."

Source:  UFO Roundup. Vol 3 No 4 5/10/98.

8 Nov 1998 28km NW Perth Aerodrome, WA IFO

Occurrence number 199804923.  Occurrence id 164236.  8 Nov 1998.  28km NW Perth, Aerodrome. WA.  The pilot reported an unidentified flying object, bright red/orange in colour 100ft below and travelling very fast as the aircraft passed 9,000ft.  Then object was approximately 2 metres across and the pilot believed that it may have been a model aircraft.

Source:  FOI request to Department of Transport 2004.

December 1998 Salisbury, Adelaide, SA (0430-0500hrs) (60-90 secs) 1M

On a clear and cloudless night, a man was watching Pitman Park.  He saw a "bullet shaped" UFO hovering silently above powerlines.  The object's nose was pointing W.  The height was estimated to be 80-120m off the ground.  He estimated the length of it to be 40m by 6m diameter.  The surface was like dull aluminium.  The end of the object was flat and featureless. He saw a retractable arm extending from the object to the powerlines.  After a few seconds the probe retracted.  After a few more moments, the bullet shaped nose and the canister like body begin to turn relative to each other.  The object tilted and after reaching a vertical orientation it continued until it lay horizontally this time pointing E.  Then a misty glow emanated from the object.  It moved slowly in the direction it was pointing, rose into the sky and accelerated away, became the size of a star.

Source:  Kerry Helman July 1999.

5 February 1999 27km N of Port Augusta, SA 2225hrs 2M

Two men saw a group of many red, and one blue light on the road, ahead of their car.  The lights were moving along the road at a speed similar to their own vehicle, and seemed to be swaying.  Trees and bushes on one side of the road only appeared to be being blown about.  Then at about 300m distance the lights spread out and disappeared.

Source:  Phillip Satchell Radio 5AN Feb 1999.

5 June 1999 Sydney, NSW 2100hrs 1M

Laszlo Novak sighted three bright star-like objects hovering in a vertical formation just below clouds.  He was able to capture 5 minutes of video.  Later at 2220hrs he again sighted three disc like objects travelling silently to the south.  One large object was closer, and looked like two saucers placed together.  It hovered for 5-10mins but he could not get his video camera to work.  Hypnotherapist Frank Wilks worked with Laszlo who recalled being taken on board and examined by up to four almond shaped eyed grey beings.  While on board he saw a second human present.

Source: July 2005. - Offline

12 Jun 1999 Sydney, NSW 1935hrs 8 wits

During a sighting involving eight people, 5 minutes of video was recorded, which showed a strange shaped object with red lights flashing over it, to their North West at a low angular elevation.

Source:  Bill Chalker.

15 July 1999 Nangwarry, SA 0215hrs 1M

Travelling by car when car radio cut out.  Saw three lights in sky in a triangular formation with black shape inside lights, to the left of his vehicle.  Slowed vehicle down and noted object's lights shining onto the top of pine trees.  Witness stopped vehicle and saw object was moving.  Accelerated his vehicle, with the object now front left of the vehicle and noted that the object gained height.  Object entered a cloud, which lit up, and then the object disappeared and radio came back on.  No effect noted on car engine, lights etc. No sound.

Source: 1.  AUFORN.
 2.  AURA.

7 Nov 1999 6NM off Coffs Harbour, NSW Multi wits

Tony Bell and others reported a dome shaped object which just appeared the sky.  30-45m above the water it was bright orange on colour.  Video taken.

Source:  UFO Roundup 31, 25 Nov 1999.

15 December 1999 20km south of Berri, SA 0015hrs (30-45mins) 2M

Out spotlighting they saw an unusual object 200-300m above the ground.  It looked like "...a mechanical stingray with round blue and red lights along its wings and white lights down its made a deep humming sound...and was travelling...about 15-25kph...".  It passed directly over their heads and left in the direction of Adelaide.

Source:  Reported to UFORNSW in July 2004 who referred it to AURA.

18 Apr 2001 Stanage Bay, Qld 0730hrs 1M

A 14 year old boy saw and videoed white and red/orange vapour soundlessly going through the sky at speed.  It vanished over the horizon.  When examined on video there was a dark object in front of the vapour trail.

Source:  Doug Moffett AUFORN NSW.

9 September 2001 Mount Gambier, SA 215hrs 3mins 1M+1F

At a point 10km SE of Mount Gambier, on a clear night, two people saw a bright light moving across the City and approaching them.  It changed colour from a bright light to a subdued orange glow.  It passed soundlessly overhead at an estimated 300m and was visible as a cylindrical object.  Estimated speed was 600km/hr.  It was lost to distance in the SW sky.  On reaching home the son of one of the observers related seeing a fast, silent light when they were on their way from Millicent to Mount Gambier at about the same time as the father's observation.

Source:  AUFORN.  AURA.

October 2001 Wellington, SA 2200hrs 2M

The 18 Oct 1988 report dairy farmer was travelling with his son by car.  All of a sudden the car was totally enveloped by a brilliant white light.  They couldn't see anything outside the vehicle.  Then, all of a sudden all returned to normal.

Source:  Personal interview K. Basterfield 15 Dec 2003.

December 2001 Beachport, SA 0200hrs 1M

Was on a tractor in the middle of a paddock when out of the blue, a silver object came past and went away at speed.  It had lights on it.  It was only 4-5m off the ground.  Told others who laughed.

Source:  ABC Radio Mt Gambier 3/6/03.

15 August 2002 North Adelaide, SA 1615hrs 3 wits 1M+2F

Clear sky when man saw unusual object travel from 020degrees elevation WNW.  Travelling North.  It moved in a very unusual corkscrew motion.  Multi edge object.  Metallic and silver in colour.  Six bright yellow lights on it in two sets of three.  Suddenly a bright red light appeared on it.  Stationary for a while then moved off to the N.  No noise.  Bigger than full Moon in angular size.

Source:  Keith Basterfield AUFORN Hotline 02629.

9 Feb 2003 Sydney, NSW 1630hrs (1-2 secs) 1M

An artist looked up to see a "helmet" shaped object hovering over him.  Although there were no windows in the object the witness some how "saw" a "cloaked" figure visible.  The object vanished after 1-2 seconds.

Source:  Australasian UFOlogist Vol 7 No 2 p51.

May 2003 Beachport, SA Daylight 4 wits

Three disc shaped objects with lights on them, were reported flying in a group, at an angle.  They seemed quite large in size.  Not far off the road.  Moving slowly along in broad daylight.

Source:  Australian UFO Research Association.

20 May 2003 Tarpeena & Nangwarry SA (2000-2030hrs) 2M

Travelling by car when sighted lights in the tops of trees ahead of their vehicle.  Closing in they saw it was a disc shaped object just above tree top height.  There were a series of ten or so oval shaped lights around the edge of the underneath of it.  They estimated its size as 1020m across and only 50-60m above the ground.  The disc was white/grey colour and clearly defined.  No sound, and no effects to their vehicle.  They left it in situ.

Source:  Keith Basterfield, AUFORN Hotline 2977.

15 Jan 2004 Whittlesea, VIC 1400hrs 1M

Mr Rozario, traffic Engineer for Whittlesea Council and another Council employee were taking photographs of a railway level crossing.  Nothing unusual was seen or heard at the time.  When the digital images were viewed there was an object in one photo.  An enhancement appears to show a domed disc shape.  Analysis was undertaken by a number of people, but no firm conclusion was reached as to the cause of the image.

Source: 1.  Australasian UFOlogist Vol 7 No 6 p40.
 2.  Australasian UFOlogist Vol 8 No 1 pp 12-16

7 Mar 2004 Melbourne, VIC 2145hrs

Jacqui was driving when she saw an unusual object with lights all around it and one light in the middle.  It rose from a paddock and followed the car.  Five bright flashes in series lit up the area like daylight and the car engine cut out as the object passed overhead.  Upon reaching home she noticed the trip had taken an extra 30-35 minutes.

Source:  AUFORN Compiled sighting reports issue 41 May 2004.

27 Mar 2004 Templers nr Gawler, SA 2015hrs

A witness reported that an object flashed across intersection at the top of a small rise from east to west.  It lit up the top of the trees, but the glow from it did not reach the road.  Object appeared to be about 20m of the ground, judging by the height of the trees.  There was no sound from the object.  It seemed to be round like a ball, glowing white like phosphorescence.  There was a crescent moon in the sky, and the object seemed to be about the size of a fully risen full moon.

Source:  Australian UFO Research Association.

27 April 2004 2000hrs Yakka near Clare, SA 4 wits

While driving home Russell saw four very intense round orange (amber) lights in a row approx.300 ft off the ground.  He said they looked about 2 feet in diameter at that height.  The lights were spaced equidistantly in a straight line and were travelling at a fair speed from the left hand side field of vision towards the right.  When he reached town some minutes later he pulled over and the lights were now directly overhead.  They proceeded to change formation in unison to form a lop-sided square (diamond shape).  This was all done at a constant speed and altitude.  The movement seemed regulated according to Russell.  As the objects moved further away they formed back into a straight line.  Then the last one in the formation broke away and headed off at a rapid speed towards the coast.  The remaining 3 objects banked right at a constant speed but gained altitude.  The two either side of the centre one then took off at a greatly accelerated rate of knots and disappeared.  There was no sound at all.

Source:  Australian UFO Research Association.

Jun 2004 Nunamara, TAS Evening 2F

One evening in June (2004), a mother and son were travelling on the Tasman Highway to a friend’s home at Nunamara.  However, shortly before Nunamara, they noticed some lights low to the ground over the roadside paddock, about 50 to 80m distant.  Slowing down they could see a grey to bronze oval to egg shape.  The object had a ring of white lights round the centre, with a blue light at the base and a pulsing red light on the top.  With the car almost stopped, the witnesses viewed the stationary object for well over a minute. The UFO was lost from view as the mother rounded a curve on the highway.  She passed the location on other occasions but could find no explanation for the unnerving experience.

Source:  Tasmania: A UFO History. 2012. p. 67.

Late July 2004 Near Murray Bridge, SA (0400-0500hrs) 2 wits

Two witnesses to a video taped episode advised that it was taken on the River Murray from a houseboat approximately late July in the early hours (circa 4-5am).  No precise location of the filming was available.  There was evidence of many out-of-focus segments.  There were two segments which showed at 0400hrs orange/silver light to the South.  This light was not Venus and was about 4 times the size of an average star.  It moved around more than scintillation or autokinesis effects would make a star do.  There was then a sequence of lights across the river at ground level, which finally suddenly went out like a "light being switched off."  Given the data provided, the first light videoed appears not to have been Venus, but the second cluster of lights at ground level appear to be associated with a building and therefore not anomalous.

Source:  (AURA)

27 December 2004 Lamberts Beach, Eimio, Mackay, Qld Multi wits

A man’s clothes were glowing with reflected light.  Looking out of the restaurant in which he was in he saw a dome shaped object floating on the water.  Suddenly, it took off like a rocket.  Huge, had two levels, green portals, slow along the inlet.

Source:  D McNamara AURA Hotline 3792.

28 Dec 2004 Richmond, TAS 0010hrs 2 wits

The next witness and her partner were driving in separate vehicles along Brinktop Road on the approach to Richmond (12.10am December 28th).  The witness noticed a distant white light in the northwest sky.  However, within seconds it was passing over the road ahead, so she slowed down and stopped the car.  The big light looked to be 3m wide, with a dark area in the centre and red and blue blinking lights beneath.  The big light was now over a brow some 200m away, and then it suddenly shone a beam of light on the ground below.  The next thing the witness knew was that for about 30 seconds, her car was all lit up by the beam.  Then it went dark as the UFO just seemed to vanish.  The partner recalled seeing a distant light.

Source:  Tasmania: A UFO History. 2012. p. 67.

2005 Henley Beach, Adelaide, SA (1400-1500) hrs (4-5 secs) 3M

Zavisa was standing out in the front garden with a friend and his landlord having a beer.  All three men saw a large grey oval shaped object (similar to battleship grey) at least 4 times larger than a passenger jet in the southern sky.  Zavisa thinks the object could have been over the O’Halloran Hill area.  The strange object appeared to move in an upward direction approximately 45 degrees to the ground travelling in a westerly direction.  They watched the object for approximately 4 to 6 seconds travelling at a great speed (5x quicker than a jet) before it vanished in to thin air.

Source:  Jeff Fausch - reported 10 October 2007.

18 Jan 2005 Elderslie Rd, TAS Ca. 0000hrs

A motorist had a close encounter with a strange green football-shaped light.  The light, which was at low level, appeared alongside the witness’s car.  The light then moved above the car, at which stage the car seemed to lose power.  The light then moved rapidly away into the distance as the car operated smoothly again.

Source:  Tasmania: A UFO History. 2012. p. 66.

14 Feb 2005 30-50km North of Hobart, TAS Ca. 0000hrs 3F

Three women were travelling north on the Midland Highway, on a late trip from Hobart to Devonport.  The weather was fine and they expected the trip would take a bit more than three hours. Some 30km north of Hobart, Terri (names on file) in the front seat) noticed a set of three lights low over the distant hills ahead, at about the same time the car radio faded out.  She said nothing at the time to driver Jane or Pam in the back seat.  However, as they neared Melton Mowbray some 25km further on, she pointed out the lights to her companions.  Suddenly the larger of the lights moved towards the highway, and now appeared more football (Aussie rules) shaped with a steady red light on the left, and a blue light on the right.  Jane now brought the car to a stop as the object moved over the road just ahead of their car and towards the roadside paddock on their right.  A bright beam of light was now visible; its source looked to be from the front or from below the aerial object.  All three witness got out of the car to observe what they thought was some experimental plane or helicopter.  The beam was lighting up square area of the paddock with bushes, fencing and grass clearly visible in the beam.  The UFO was only 15m from the road at a height of about 20m with a soft humming noise audible from the object.  The witnesses estimated its width at about 8 to 10m.  They said it was moving so slowly at that point that, had it been an aircraft, it would have fallen out of the sky. It appeared as a dark curved shape above with the beam below.  Terri thought there was some sort of a tail with a clockwise spinning orange light visible at the rear.  Pam felt that they were looking more at an underneath view of an object.  Next thing, the witnesses say, the object was just a large bright light receding towards the Kempton-Bagdad hills. The whole event must have been over in a matter of minutes (5 to 10).  Returning to the car they noted the time was 12.12am.  They stopped briefly to buy coffee in Perth (near Launceston) and arrived at a relative’s home in Devonport at 3.55am.  Somehow the drive from Melton Mowbray had taken about an hour more than expected.

Source:  Tasmania: A UFO History. 2012. p. 68.

6 Mar 2005 Dubbo, NSW 1900hrs 240mins Suzanne Fuller

A family reported observing a black triangular shaped object in daylight hovering over trees to the SE.  Police were called and they viewed the video and said they were reporting it to Air Services Australia.  The family watched it till 11pm.

Source:  UFO Roundup 10/11 16/3/05.

15 April 2005 Coober Pedy, SA 2230hrs 30mins 1M

A man went outside and noticed an orange light and a white light near the NW horizon near the Moon.  The orange light appeared to move and the man fetched his camcorder and his wife.  While he filmed, the light came closer.  Another white light was just below the orange light.  The orange light approached and he could see a glowing dome on the top.  The object finally shot off.

Source:  AUFORN web site 14 May 2005.

18 April 2005 Fyshwick Canberra, ACT

A man was filming a kite festival with a digital handycam.  While manually winding the tape frame by frame, a silver disk shaped object with a domed top was visible on only three frames.  Not seen with the naked eye.

Source:  AUFORN Hotline call 3741.

1 July 2005 Middleton to Goolwa Road, SA 0130hrs EST 5 secs 1M

A graphic design student was driving on the Middleton to Goolwa Road.  "About 100 metres in front of me was a ball of liquid metallic mercury light that went straight across the road moved in the up direction and went straight again vertically and then disappeared in a speed over the ocean."  There was no sound and no interference with the radio.  It had been at tree top height.  The weather was cold and windy.

1 July 2006 Old Reynella, SA 2330hrs 2 wits 1M 1F

Ray observed a strange object in the sky.  It was the size of a half-moon and cigar shaped.  It was a silver-grey colour.  Ray said the object was at an angle of 45-degrees from the ground in a southerly direction.  As Ray was watching the object, within a blink of an eye it was over his vehicle where it hovered over his vehicle, no more than 5 metres above the roof.  His vehicle then lit up with an ultra bright white light that was so powerful that it blinded him and the female companion.  He said he could not see past the bonnet of the vehicle.  While the bright light covered the vehicle he heard what sounded like a camera flash going off but it was much louder.  When the bright light dissipated, the object had vanished; he does not what direction it went.  The trip home took longer than it should have; this is why he thinks the UFO encounter may have been longer than a minute.  He believes there could been missing time involved.

Source:  Jeff Fausch AUFORN SA Hotline call in code 5617.

21 August 2006 VIC/SA 1830hrs 1F 1M

Merryn and her partner were driving to Bordertown when Merryn, the passenger in the car, looked into the evening sky and saw a large object coming from the north.  She described it as a huge oval-shaped object about 200 ft in circumference.  It was white in colour and appeared to glow but at the same time was slightly blurred or misty.  The under-carriage was not flat but concaved.  She also noticed a black and white square pattern on the undercarriage.  The object came very close to the vehicle.  Merryn stated that it was about 200 ft above the vehicle.  The object hovered at one point but then started to follow the vehicle.  Merryn said the object swerved from left to the right across the road and then up and down, occasionally disappearing into the clouds, whilst following them.  Merryn stated that the huge object followed them to Bordertown.  When they got to their friend's house the object was still visible.  She said that it followed them for more than two hours, from Stawell to Bordertown.

Source:  Jeff Fausch, Freecall National Hotline Callin Code 5756.

24 February 2007 North Lakes, SA 0200hrs 2M Spurious?

We were fishing under the road bridge for brim, when all of a sudden a bright light got brighter until it was approximately 200 meters above us.  It was silent.  A beam then came from the craft hitting the middle of the lake.  Much like a particle beam.  Like snowflake, it looked weird.  Water was definitely drawn upwards.  It lasted for about 2 minutes and disappeared.  The water was not disturbed and there was no noise.  We immediately pulled our fishing lines in and went home.  There were red and green lights on the craft but no windows.  This spaceship was not from this planet and was in need of salt water.

Source:  Brian Vike, Director HBCC UFO Research.

Note:  There is no such location as North Lakes in Adelaide or South Australia.  Together with the bizarre nature of the report details, this report may be spurious.

23 September 2008 Lewiston, Gawler, SA 1930hrs mins 1F

Chrissy was driving with her five year old son, in a rural area of canola crop.  Her son told her there was an "aircraft" in an adjacent paddock.  She slowed the car and looked and saw an object in the sky.  A "silver ball" dropped from the object and went towards the ground.  The object was described as shaped like a cross, and it had green and red lights on it.  She stopped the car and wound down the window to listen for any associated noise but there was not any.  She became frightened and left the area.  On arriving home she looked to the west and saw a big orb of multicoloured light which shot across the sky.

Source:  Personal communication to Keith Basterfield.

Mid June 2011 Clare, SA 0200hrs 1F

A woman was woken by a high pitched noise in her bedroom.  She had never previously heard this sound.  The sound was not heard again.  Immediately on waking up, she saw an intense white light on the ceiling of her bedroom.  The width of the light was about half a metre; and the length was approximately twice the length of a large fluorescent tube.  The illumination seemed to be similar to the light which remains after a fluorescent tube is switched off.  She could see the outline of the object but nothing else.  After watching for a while she fell asleep.  One after-effect was that her otherwise accurate watch was found to be running slow.  In August 2011 she noticed that her husband had been getting out of bed, opening the curtains and looking out of the window for a while before returning to bed.  When she asked him about this behaviour he had no recollection of that incident.

Source:  Kathy Dickmann, AURA, Aug 2011.

14 February 2014 2000hrs Off Flinders Island, TAS 30mins

Hobart Coast Radio ‘had a contact on the evening of February 14th from a yachtsman 40nm north-east of Flinders Island.  The man reported that he had been followed by a number of white lights.  Eventually, we were able to interview him when he finally arrived in Hobart. About 8pm on the 14th a flash had caught his eye from something to the stern of his yacht. To his amazement he saw a long grey sausage to cylinder shaped object at about a 20-degree elevation.  There was a line of lights across the centre with some 7-9 small white lights moving about above the sausage. The object he claims was large and approaching.  He estimated it as being 100m in length and maybe 20 thick. He contacted Coast Radio as he looked for some explanation.  He said he was relieved when near 8.30pm the object receded into the north-east and disappeared near a cloud.

Source:  (TUFOIC.)

8 April 2014 Ca. 2100hrs Jericho, TAS? mins

The witness was driving south on the Midland Highway and was just south of Jericho on the approach to Spring Hill.  Something caught his attention to the right of his car, mainly because it was close and low.  A cylindrical shaped object, with a red light at the rear, was moving almost overhead, and looked to pace his car for 10 seconds before disappearing to the south of the Highway.  He noticed a bright light towards the southern horizon and assumed this was the disappearing cylinder.  He estimated the cylinder was about 30m long with a greenish silver colour with four darker panels along its side.  The Centre was unable to uncover any explanation for the event from the data collected.

Source:  (TUFOIC.)

29 May 2014 (Reported in November 2014) Ca. 0200hrs South Coast, NSW (30-60) mins

Two people were house sitting a property.  One of their favourite pastimes is to watch the sky for meteors and planets etc. So, at the time of the sighting, on a clear night with no Moon, they were sitting around a backyard campfire, chatting and looking at the sky.  The woman first noticed a hazy, white, foggy light in the distance. She drew her partner's attention to it, and over the next two minutes it became larger in size.  At this point, they considered the possibility that it might be the neighbour's backyard sensor light. After four minutes it was still growing in size. They then considered whether or not it might be car headlights.  At this point, suddenly the white hue became a red hue/fog.  At the same time, it seemed to split.

It became a row of about ten red and blue, circular lights lined up, with a bright white beam at the front.  As they were new to the area they continued to look for a logical explanation.  Then the row of white, blue and red lights suddenly compacted itself and an incredibly loud noise commenced.  The witnesses' best guesstimate as to the distance to the object, was 900 metres.  In the witness' own words ‘It then scanned the terrain of the hills and the valley just opposite us, very low to the ground (around tree level,) shining this incredibly bright white light through the trees to the ground, as well as in front of itself.’  The red and blue lights hovered around it. By this time both witnesses were terrified by the weird, oscillating sound and the foggy, hazy light, all around them.

So, there was the row of lights some distance away, plus all around them was a foggy, hazy light.  This 'fog’ was coming from ‘...three different rhombus shapes, 1 green, 1 yellow and 1 red.  They had cross hatching effects/sort of laser light effects creating their shape and overlapping one another.  I estimate it would have been 10-20 metres above us.’ There was no air turbulence felt.  ‘We're pretty sure the noise was coming from the scanning light and not the one above us...’

At this point, the scanning light came closer to them and they ran into the house and did not look out for 40 minutes, even after the noise ceased.  They then noted some light activity still going on the other side of the valley; little lights joined together and left the area.  Suddenly all the dogs in the area began to howl.
The area surrounding the house has some paddocks, but is mostly bushland.

Source:  Paul Dean and associates.

21 September 2014 1710hrs Latrobe, TAS? mins

The event took place on the southern edge of Latrobe over paddocks and trees beyond the last of the houses.  The weather was fine and mild with a light north-north-west breeze. The witness described the incident.  ‘I was putting my daughter on her bike cross from my court. Something caught my eye.  It was a bright glinting object 40 metres away and 40 metres high.  It seems to ripple and wave as it seems to come into solid form. The object was travelling slowly towards the horizon in front of me on a 45-degree angle.  The object quickly wavered twice more before it stayed fully solid in form.  The object was bright crimson, a flat bottom that curved inward, then rounding into a dome with a very small dome at the very top.  It was very hard to judge perspective viewing in relation to a nearby house and its position (estimate 2.5 metres long by an 80cm high.) In a nutshell it resembles a perfect flying saucer.  It made no sound in my very quiet street. As it moved it was always level even descending down on that 45degree angle. It was now 30 metres away and stopped 25 metres high. If I had a rock, I could have thrown and hit it.  Before it stopped it wobbled about 15 degrees on its axis and I could see most of its under belly perfectly smooth shiny chrome.  The whole object was smooth in detail. It had no panels nor did it have any rivets or features.  It seemed to stop deliberately in line with me. It stayed there for 10 seconds then travelled directly away from me with a speed of 25kph on a 15-degree incline. It was in perfect line, did not drift at all.  It had calculated its path because it would have hit distant tree...’ TUFOIC inquired with local police and the Advocate newspaper, but neither were aware of the sighting.  Local businesses were also contacted in relation to any event that may have caused the sighting, but there was a negative response.

Source:  (TUFOIC.)