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Man-Eating Bunyips

Man-Eating Bunyips

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Sydney Morning Herald 1941 (August 30)
Sydney Morning Herald 1941 (August 30)

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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 30 August 1941, page 11National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17764893
ISTHE
AUSTRALIANBUNYIP
AMAN-SW
ALLO
WER?Creature
of
Fabulous
Mystery
I
By
W.P.T.
That
most
elusive
and
ambiguous
creature,
the
bun3'ip(chiefrival
ofihc
Loch
Nessmonster),
is
againreported
on
the
rampage,this
time
at
Lake
Dynevor,
near
Thargomindah
(Qld.).Nofewerthan20
people
declare
that
theyhave
seen
thebeast-a
beastcomicallyunlike
any
known
as
yet
to
science,circus,
or
zoo.
In
aboiisinal
lotethe
bunyip
wa*,
a
lcrrsomc
monstei
Itwasas011
as
a
bullock,with
an
emus
htrclandneck,
a
hoise's
menc
and
tail
and
a
seal'sflip
pc-ic
So
rjncei
»,"cie
its
habitsthit
itIn
id
tuiIles
eggs
ina
plrtypus's
nest
whilesubsisting
damt'ly
on
a
dietwhichvaned
fi
oai
ciayñsh
to
blackfellows
Its
voueasone
would
expect
was
conpspondiiTily
eccentiic,
re-
sembling
,1
sepulchral"boom,"
o.ticmclyalaiming
tonativeswhohadthemisfortune
to
heal
it
duung
the
night
The
fiist
occasion
on
whichwhite
men
claimed
to
haveactually
seen
theInm
li
in-
m
iirp
when
onewas
A
bunyip
in
smilingmaud.reported
in
a
lagoon
near
Narrandera(N.S.W.).Themysteryanimal
was
described
as
being
half
as
long
again
asa
retrieverdog,withlongblackhair
all
over
its
body.After
a
fewweeks
of
unavailingsearch,theinci-
dent,soto
speak,
was
forgottenuntilabout
a
year
lateranother
bunyip
suddenlymaterialisedat
Dalby
(Q.),not
a
greatdistance
away
fromwherethepresent
specimen
is
alleged
to
havebeenobserved.The
Dalbybunyip
beenobserved.The
Dalbybunyip
was
described
as
having
a
head
like
a
seal,
a
tail
quaintly
like
thatof
afish,
and
one
largeand
one
small
fini
Bunyips
have
also
been"seen"(but,
as
usual,
never
caught)
atTenterfieldandvariousplaces
along
theMurrum-bidgeeRiver.
It
isa
strange
factthat
n
everyinstance
there
issome
slm
Hni
I
tyin
thedescriptions,
and
thecreature
In
each
casewaa
"come
upon"
in
orneara
swamp
or
lagoon.About
fifty
years
ago
a
bunyip
taused
a
stix
intheGene«
(Vic.)district.
It,»'as
awesomely
dcserlocd
io
the
localsettlers
by
an
aborigine
fam-iliarly
known
as
"GenoaJack,"whoclaimedthatthemonsterhadswal-lowed
his
father!Thestoryhetold
was
thathisreveredparenthadbeenfishing
lrom
a
smallboat
on
thelakewhen
the
bunyip,with
a
suddenrush,capsizedthecraftandpulledtheunfortunate
sportsman
under
thewater.
The
body
wasnever
recovered,but
on
many
occasionsafterwards
theGenoabun-
yip
was
both"seen"and"heard."
In
appearance,
itwas
very
muchlikethe
Thargomindah
bunyip.So
terrified
was
"GenoaJack"
thathe
would
not
venture
near
theswampsafterdark.
He
reckonedthat,
though
occasionallyabroadindaylight,
the
monsterusuallyhunted
for
its
victims
at
night.
As
blackfellowsseemed
tobeits
favourite
dish,
Jacktookappro-priateprecautionsforhis
own
safety.
Anoldminer,wholivedin
a
little
cottage
near
the
supposed
haunts
of
thisferociousapparition,told
me
thathehad
never
personally
glimpsed
the
bunyip,
buthadoftenheard
it.
And.
according
tohim,
once
you
heard
that,
awful
call
youwould
never
forget
it.
Itwas
the
most
terrifyingandmost
powerful
soundhehad
ever
heardinthebush.At
timesit
madehishousevibrate!Severalpartiessearched
for
thisprizebunyip,
but
had
no
luck.
Inthe
locality
are
many
largeowlswhichemit
a
weird
and
petrifying
scream
atnight.
Is
it
possiblethat
they
were
responsible
for
the
noise
attributedtothe
"bunyip"?Prolific
Tasmania
Tasmania
is
rather
proud
ofits
were
saidtoinhabit

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