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Yahoos - Australian Apes

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Australian Town & Country 1883 (Oct 20)
Australian Town & Country 1883 (Oct 20)

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Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907), Saturday 20 October 1883, page 27National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71004906
,
f
a
;Tl|e
Naturalist.
AUSTRALIANAPES.
A
TELEGRAM
from
your
Blayney
correspondentappeared
intho"
Evening
News"ofthe2ndinstant,andalso
nj
the
"
Townand
Country
Journal"ofthe6thinstant
announcing
thefactthat
"
a
strange
animal,1
like
an
apo
has
againbeenfrightening
theresidents
on
theroadfrom
Orange
to
Bathurst,
at
a
placè'caldTheRocks.
Several
ineffectual
attempts
have
teen
made
t«>.sicute
it."
Now,
it
is
probable
thatyouand
many
of
your
country
constituentsmay
remember
thatinyourissueofDecember
9,
1882,
I
gave
a
somowhat
lengthy
descriptionof
a
largeape,
(or
yahoo,
as
theanimal
is
called
by
bushmen)1
Ihad
seen
a
few
days
previouslyin
aifugged,
mountainouslocality
on
-thecoastjbetween
Ulladulla
andBateman's
Bay.
My
article
calledforth
no
commentsthatI
am
aware
offrom
your
country
readers,
which
may
beaccountedfor
by
thefact
that
the
presence
of
indigenous
apesinthis
colony
is
so
notoriousthatthe
announcement
of
one
b§mg.séen.Í3
not
looked
upon
by
bushresidents
as
at¿all.extraordinary.Butstrange
to
say,Mr.
Ramsay*
curator.'ofthe
Australian
Museum,
disbe-lievesintheirprésenos.Notbeoauae
it
is
notpossiblefor
apjas'to
be
in
tho'oonntry
upto
datewithout
beingcaptured,
but;becauseofthedeficiency
of
foodplantsforthorpto
existupon.Now
with
all
dnerespect
for
Mr.liama.ay'Bopinion,withdue
roapeotfor
him
asan
eminent,';scientistand
an
enthusiasticseekeroftruth
asa
naturalist,I
submit
andthinkIshall
The
.
able
in
brieftoprove
to
thesatisfactionofevery
one
who
is
notblindlysceptioalthat
the.
positiontaken
by
theCurator
of
thoMuseumViB;
absolutely
untenable
s
thatthore
are
indigenous
apes
in.
this
oolony;thatthey
haveboen
frequently'seen
in
Budawong
mountains,
in
Jingoramountains,
andinthe
Abercrombiemountains,
at
Bateman's
;Bay^
atMount
Macdonald,
and
on
the
Guy
Fawkes-roadbetweenArmidaleand
Grafton;
thatajpeSwere
knowntotheaboriginesofthisoolony,andwerp
dreàdédbythem,long
beforo
a
museum
was
foundedinAustralia,
ora
white
man
orossedthe
Murray;
andthat
one
was
actually
captured
and
killed^ear
Braidwood
within
thememoryof
persons
still,
living.

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