Bunyips, Jimbras and Mungyans (1913) | Nature

The World's News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 1955), Saturday 28 June 1913, page 10

Australian

Wild

Beasts.

Bunyips, Jimbras, and
t

Mung

yans.

Await Discovery.
(By
Is

EJ.W.)
to be

much

truly that
prey of

thankful
there
in
are

THERE
for
no

In the knowledge beasts
the of

savage

Aus

tralia to make
dwell great,
it is.

lot

those
of bear

who
this

In

the

outlying parts
harder to of merciless

unpeopled continent Alternating seasons
destructive
over,
are

than

droughts
one now to

and

floods, in
to

such
the to the

as

the
of

happily
drive

themselves
verge

sufficient

stockbreeders
any addition

without
of of

myriads parts
and

despair, of wild

the pastoralist the country.
have must

in so As
to

many
differed, to

their origin,
so, de there is do

opinions probably
tut
on

always
continue

the

subject

of

their

structive, cowardly nature is nothing about There only one. the dingo to give pause the to his finger on with man the trig
ger, mind
or as

to
to

as well wisdom, as the necessity, for dropping baits cn his track or eliminating him. by device that offers a prospect any Gordon of annihilation. The poet

raise the

a

doubt

in

his

of an appeal of his "Wearie Wayfarer Ballads," in which hfi ad dresses his horse, who pricks his in to "the dog's note wild cars if begging the for a ti-tree," as

offers instance one for the dingo in one

gallop,
on

but

even

account

of

the

it then horse—

is

solely

**Let the dingo rest, 'tis all for the best, in this world there's room enough For him and you and me and the rest, And the country is awful rough."

t

The

first in

known is

dog

Australia

reference to a made by that
in

National Library of Australia

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128725698

quaint old chronicler, Damplei-, in 1688. Referring to his visit to the
north-west
he says:
nor

coast "We
saw

of
no

New
sort

Holland,
of he
a

mal,
once, tread

and of
a

track of any that seemed beast
as

beast,
to
as

ani hut

big

the great
a

mastiff

dog." Passing the huge
of years,

century

of gap the next

nearly

of any comes importance of the Endeavour, ship's company where Cooktown now camped stands, whilst the little ship was for re careened inside beach on an pairs, necessitated by striking a wan the men, coral reef. There dering about in the adjacent bush,
cause to give them ing kangaroos, but none any of one who alarm, except in the case man, been in averred the devil, and that he had seen he contact as such close with him crept through the grass that he could have touched if he Sub him had not been too frightened. investigation, seqnent however, proved that than a this fearsome beast was nothing worse large bat, furnished by Jack's imagination very with horns, wings, and such other appendages of as he deemed proper for the substantiation his claim.

account the from

for

Now, although the opening *p the developed rapidly between

1861, no mention was made plorers of the discovery of ft any Jcind antagonistic in fact, of animals story a strange to man. Bet in the latt«? was brought in by Messrs. Oafi&eB sad Hulkes, for pastoral kit* to the we*£ of tWro searchers Tfcey saw Torrens. nothing themselves, iiake fierce anl that many tout heard from the Macks with In the ranges to the to bo met i&als were Vhis wag accepted in the of them. north-west light of a warnins against disturbing thfem to particular territory, sad no import Choir own

of the interior 1790 and years of the ex by any beasts of prey, or,

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later to It; but ten year# revived by tb* report, of a party who bad been tagged In run-bjintiog the them to still farther tbe west, apd to the killing of described blacks had minutely and their horses by jimbras, three white men aomething akin to large and very fierce animal* the neigb or apes monkeys, which 'came rrum it and was suggested once at boring ranges; ae that the possible fate of Lelchfiardt was in large cattle for, especially as bones counted been previously reported froth quantities had locality. But no the same white evidence was forthcoming in support of the stories, blacks only being able to describe these dangerous be ad «noe
was

attached
was

the

mystery

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be ad fairness it must agreed remarkably regarded the «iz* and build of if But why, of the range*. foundation for their existence, been described as of they should always have of a is somewhat or species ape the'monkey of animal of the fact that no puzzle, in view been known to the aborigthat class could have inal tribes in any part of this continent. waterg Even the blacks on the Cooper's Ureek fierce had a similar legend relating to some which they called "mungyans," belonganimals where ing to "'nother fellah country long way and the children of the tribp sit down," sun ot mention easily frightened by the mere were mitted

beasts, and in that all as well, both these denizens there was no

common their

stories

,

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SUggt's finest

piece

of work—lectern

,

for

St.

George's

Workhouse
the word than by

chapel.

mufch more "mungyan;" go, In fact, threat of consign oft-repeated aieut to the equally mysterious "bunyip," who on the lower part occupied a large water-hole of the creek immediately before lta waters be came lost In a multiplicity of shallow poly channels gonum-lined trending to the south the
ward Both and the westward.

and or the bunylp mungyan, fortunate discovered by some For the present it is explorer In thev future. sufficient to know comfort that, with the ex ception of the northern alligator, or erocodlle, an Tantanoola occasional tiger of the and in the bush feel species, the wanderer may from secure molestation by any death-dealing animal of mprf htirtfnl capacity than himself; unless by ctoncetiecomes in contact wltfc some with th« jnVeaile Austranuf sportsman armed cheap and dead!?, pea-rifle of oomneitce, which baa been the direct cause of planting so many worthy families into mourning.

jimbra,
be

remain

to

often necessary—for turgeqs* Pperatioas in to straitened drcwastaiiMw. ^

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