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Australian Monsters (1946)

Australian Monsters (1946)

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Melbourne Argus 1946 (Feb 9)
Melbourne Argus 1946 (Feb 9)

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The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Saturday 9 February 1946, page 24National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22227017
AUSTRALIANA.
Monsters-Real
or-?
ThereHayeBeen
Many
Reports
of
Strange
Beasts,ButNo
Captures
By
yCROCKETT
HAIiP
OF
PENNSYLVANIA
(USA)
was
recently
outhunt-
ing
a
strange
monsterwhichcried
like
a
child,
leapt
20ftinthe
air,
andwhich
was
variouslythought
tobe
a
panther
ora
bear.
America,
ofcourse,
has
a
fewwildbeasts
ofherown,
includingpanthers
andbears,but
I'm
willing
to
lay~a
tento
one
betthatthis"monster"
was
a
house
dog
gone
bush,
orsome-
thing
else
equallycommonplace.
Our
experience
in
Australiawith
"monsters,"
"lions,"and"tigers"lures
me
intothis
apparent
rash-
ness.
For150
years
we
havebeen
hunting"monsters,"
but
none
has
ever
beentaken
-
to
borrow
fromthe
wording
of
"Rewards"
-
alive
or
dead.When
a
hunthasbeensuccessful,the
kill
has
usually
turnedouttobe
in
thenatureof
an
anti-climax.
Thus,
thenotoriousTantanoolatiger
was
shot
and
found
to
be
a
calf;the
equally
famousCoolactiger
changedmysteriously
into
a
wild
pig
after
itwas
shot;
and
theRiverinatigersomehowsuffered
a
similar
metamorphosis.
Tigers,
lions,
hippopotami,strangehybridanimals,bunyips,
and
sea
serpents,have
all
been
sought
at
one
time
and
another.
Dutch
explorersstartedthevogue
for
tigers
byclaiming
tohave
seen
theirtracks.
In
1821,HamiltonHume,the
ex-
plorer,saidthathehad
seena
large
animal,'something
like
a
hip-popotamus
ora
manatee,"
near
Goulburn(NSW).
But,although
the
PhilosophicalSociety
ofAus-
tralasiaoffered
Hume
a
reward
forits
capture,
or,
failingthat,
its
head,
skin,
or
bones,
Hume
couldn'tfindhis
hippo
again.
Nor
couldanyone
else.else.Hume's
hippopoints
the
moralfor
all
thesestories
of
mysterious
"mon-sters."
Invariably
someoneseesone.
Then
a
lotof
other
people
see
the
strange
creature.(Stimulated
by
thisAmericanreport,
I
confidentlyexpect
a
new
hunt
for
a
tigertostart
upany
day
inAustralia.Ourlast
"panther"
wasseen
in
1940
near
Melbourne
-
sincethen
we'veall
beenrather
busy
with
a
war.)Whensufficient
people
swear
posi-tivelythat
they
have
seen
the
mon-
ster,
hunts
are
organised.
THE
CHASEGROWSHOT-andthenjust
as
mysteriously
the
"monster,"apparently
alarmedat
all
thepublicity
itis
getting,vanishesand
is
seennomore.
"Tigers"
havebeen
reported
fromPiper's
Creek,Mansfield,Lockwood,
Chiltern,
Briagolong,
and
otherVic-torian
towns;
from
Harden,
Tanta
wonglo,Goulburn,Gloucester,
Wel-lington,
Jamberoo,Orange,
andelse-wherein
NewSouth
Wales;
fromtheThree
Mile
Scrub,
theSt
George
district,
Brisbane,
and
Normanhurstin
Queensland.
"Lions"havebeen
reported
from
Harden,Taree,
and
Gloucester,
all
three
townships
inNew
SouthWales.The
Harden
"lion"
wasnever
caught
(thehunt
wason
in
1933),
norwas
theGloucester
sheep
killerof
1932,
and
theTaree"ferocious
lion"
turnedout
tobe
a
dingohouse-dog
cross.The
numerous
"tigers"
were
usually
seen
attoo
great
a
distanceto
be
identifiedpositively.
In
a
class
of
itsownis
the
queer
creaturewhich
four
horsemen
are
supposedtohave
seen
crossing
the
Molonglo
River
(NSW)
in1886.This
was
claimed
to
be
a
"remark-ableanimal
..
.
whitish
incolour
andaboutthe
sizeof
a
largedog
Its
face
was
like

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