South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Wednesday 21 February 1883, page 6

TO SEE THE

BUNYIP.

FBt Clake.1 animal So many reports of this wonderful stationed) that have reach Clare (where I am I determined to go when opportunity offered

in any Natural but is reported to rise out of a in which waterhole nightly. Thewaterhole the bunyip is said to spend most of his which does
History, existence is near

mine not appear

Koolunga
it
moon

I have seen night when the
'

frequently ; but always at was up,' said a gentle of Koolunga to me a man few days since. It looks,' he went something like a on, somewhat fat wether with ahead like that of
'

'

a

rhinoceros, hair.'

and

a

back
man

either of shell told
me

or

short

Another

it was

about as big as a foal two weeks old. It is reported that the natives told white people (or years and [years ago that the bunyip Devil) was in that pooL Many old residents of Clare, Koolunga, and other places, re of such hearing member nrqmai hiving an been seen; but it was always looked upon as an imaginary creature, or that it could only
be
seen

The people I allude to are those who never consider a Bank clerk to be out of harness ; that they are always to be at a customer's beck and sail, and to be always willing (no matter at what hour of the day or night) to return to the Bank to change cheques they neglected cashing during business hours. No one but a Bank clerk who has expe rienced it can think how unpleasant it is to be hunted down by a customer who wants actually so customers are Some change. anxious to get change thai; they will not think twice before rousing the Bank clerk out of his bed, if he be an early bed-goer. Perhaps my trip to Koolunga will teach some people a lesson ; and if it brings about such a desirable state of things as their doing banking business in business hours only I shall not consider that the bunyip has failed to do good indirectly. lovely afternoon, and the drive It was a was We most enjoyable. stopped for a few minutes at Rochester. How strange it seems for any township not to be connected now with others by telegraph wires. How isolated
one

feels

now

dwelling injsuch

a

township,

by

men

who

were

in that condition

of

being unable to discern the difference between
and a meatsaf e. The thought of perhaps being able to capture the'bunyip and travel as a showman certainly had something to do in prompting me with him. to go forth to wage war ' Has he ever done any one harm ?' I any isked my Koolunga friend. ' ' Well, I don't know that ; but the children of it, and so are some of the ire frightened
a

seems and how fresh the stalest of news to ! the inhabitants of such places The wire has not yet been carried to Koolunga, so we of how the Englishmen were heard no news fetting on at cricket until Sunday, when two uggies from Clare arrived, on which more

bunyip-hunters were. When we arrived at Koolunga
at the hotel, and some
as

we

soon

as

we

had

had tea digested

women.'
'

Of

course

the

men
'

are
?

not.'

went out with a o,'said he. he saw ran to shoot him, and when the and could not aim bunyip he got nervous straight, and then the bunyip jumped into

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started to see the bunyip. we on a placard The fol'owing announcement hung up in the bar of the Koolunga Hotel An attempt will be attracted my notice made on Wednesday, the 21st February, to last seen in capture the bunyip, which was the waterhole near farm. to Mr. Freeman's Dynamite will be used. A start will be made from the Koolunga Hotel at 2 o'clock in the this afternoon. February 17, 1883.' Now placard seemed to add much to our belief in the existence of the bunyip. I do not wish
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the water again.' ' it ?' Are you certain you saw ' ' Oh yes, on my soul I did,' said he ; and, strange to say, the horses and cattle will not drink at that hole at nights.' I could not help thinking that the bunyip was near akin to Lewis Carroll's snark or

boojnm. On Saturday, the 17th February, I arranged for a trap to drive four of us to Koolunga early in the afternoon, so as to be in time to witness the bunyip come out of the water as the moon shed her mystic rays o'er the
haunted

Many
going
as a

Clare people chaffed us on such a wildgoose chase ; and as soon gentleman who writes harmless and
on

pool. of the

senseless

under the

personalities in the Clare paper ' Idler' heard of de plume of nom going, it is reported he commenced a our ' satirical The Bunyip Hunters.' poem, viz., Not a few of the Clare people looked sur off for the day. prised when they heard I was The people I allude to are those who never

to flatter the Koolunga people, but I must say that they are without exception the very for directing across worst people I ever came one to a certain point. told it We left Koolunga at 7.20, and were distance of about four miles to the was a waterhole in which the bunyip was, that we and had to keep to the river (Broughton), After keeping that we cpuld not go wrong. to the twisting and twirling river, and havin° considerably more than five miles, J walked oi in the distance a house, in the window saw which a light glimmered. Leaving my friends along slowly I went up to the to ramble dogs), and house (encountering several hole. to the haunted asked the way An ^Irishwoman opened the door, and in answer question said 'It aint nc to my more than a mile away cross the river down there, keep to that side and you will come some tents, it's just there.' across tells man a In Scotland, when you thai ' bittock1 miles and three a wee about are you away from a place, you can rely that the wee

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away from a place, you can rely that the wee than the more bittock is oftentimes much in this case, the same three miles. It was ' it aint no more than a mile,' was at least twe

miles and
At

a half.

I

in view, and w( last the tents came noticed a man was carrying water from thriver. Him we addressed, and he, regardless said of grammar, 'Its just 200 perch from here.' This gavi rise to an examination amongst us as to whai J v A bet was a perch was. made, and by that paid my expenses to the bunyip and bact again. My opponent believed it took sixteei yards to make a perch. At last we arrived at the sacred spot. Wtook up our positions a few yards away fron another, and waited and watched, anc one anc Mr. Freeman watched and waited. friends of his came some down to the water hole. Mr. Freeman says he has frequently it, with him. hac seen and many who were the bunyip several times. also seen Abqu midnight one of our party heard a peculia stationed noise exactly under where he was what he describes as i Soon after he S3w the size of a sheep-dog sort of seal, about thfrom the water and come up on emerge He shot threbank about three yards. charges from his revolver at it, but before hi had time to shoot again, or see if his shot in tin had hit, the iynimqi he aimed at was water. At least six people, mostly Mr. Freeman' this creature on this occasion friends, saw I failed to see the bunyip, but Isawth he made disturbance in the water. Fre quently after that we heard the sound o was not un in the water him, which, when like the struggles of a porpoise. I am per f ectly sure that there is more than one of tin same specie in that waterhole, as we heart noise the same simultaneously in ver different parts of the hole. wen We remained there until the moon started on our retrm down, and then we pedestrian journey to Koolunga. Certainly the lump of locality i3 in no wa; developed in either of our heads, for we los our and taking a short cut, as w way, thought, we found ourselves miles and mile from the river, which was to be our guide. numberless The ploughed paddocks w waded through, the countless paddocks o stubble we passed over, and the innumerabi of wire-fences we number ani got over be forgotten by me. A through will never last we determined at 3 o'clock to wande longer in a state of darkness, but to wai no aploughei tor Aurora's rising. In themiddleof t paddock, having no 'friendly moon fence to protec a wire smile on ub, or even from us the bitter wind, we lay down ani while to lose ourselves in

steaks were huddled together dish, and they were neither hot cold. If the landlady had not informed nor for dinner, we us that a roast goose was would there and then have had the horses put in, and either gone on to Yacka or back As it was, the promise of a roast to Clare. goose for dinner, and the luxury of a sleep in bed for a few hoars, coupled with the a chance of seeing the bunyip properly, made and.rest until dinner us decide to remain time. Mr. Freeman says the bunyip can jump like a kangaroo, and that it is like a like a fat sheepdog, another declared it was wether, while another said it was like a foaL that there is a perfectly satisfied I am curious animal in that pool, and that he is We heard the noise not the only one there. there are of snapping rushes, of which to the con round the hole, and came many having a meaL clusion the bunyip was we were At last dinner-time arrived and greatly delighted at what this time was put before us. Twe forgot the tea, the chops, the and steak, and the bread of our early meaL did honour to what is called the Englishman's meal— his dinaer. During the morning two

Chops
the

and

on

same

tuggies with other friends arrived from Clare being anxious to see the bunyip. So it was arranged that after tea we should return to the scene of mystery. We reached the hole about 8 o'clock and remained thereuntil 2 o'clock on Monday On returned to Clare. morning, when we Sunday night we saw nothing of the bunyip at all, but occasionally heard the splasn before described. friends those of our Even who only heard the few splashes thoroughly believe in the existence of the bunyip, and another trip out express a desire to make is at its full, in the there, when the moon charges of dynamite event of the hundred (or demonite as some Koolunga gentlemen, call it) failing to put an end to this curions and interesting creature. The best way to get to the waterhole from Koolunga is on horseback. The road is very bad between Koolunga and Mr. Freeman's, therefore it is not advisable to drive. Mr. Freeman kindly allows people to put their horses in his yard during the time they are looking for the bunyip. It will also be advis able for intending visitors to inform the hotel-keeper that at they are Koolunga one coming, as that is the only house where if the can sure be accommodated, and I am informed that visitors were landlady was coming she would do her best to give a sub isolated stantial meal, but, being in such an township it is hard to cater for unexpected visitors. Had we not visited Koolunga, pro bably turkey, a goose, and a pair of fowls would be today in the yard which are nob ' and never will again herald forth the morn from their accustomed MIL'

ot dreams.
our

At

about

o

we

rose, refreshed

by

snatch of sleep, and started off with a we quick step and great appetite. When reached the hotel we ordered breakfast, and all hungry, not one of us although we were enjoyed what was provided for us. huddled together Chops and steaks were

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