Robertson Mail (NSW : 1924 - 1930), Tuesday 7 September 1926, page 2

am,

THAT

BUNYIP.
Kempsey,
:

A. J. LANCASTER.

The following interesting letter ap peared in the S. M. Herald recently .Sir,—
I

Aug.

25.

was

much

interested
on

in the

Herald reading Saturday's mystery of Wingecarribee
we
nan toe same

the

By the way. another resident near tells us the Bunyip Swamp
'

'

still

Swamp.
sur

roars

as

loudly Ed.

as

ever

at

Win

gecarribee.

mystery

rounding the Macleay Swamp years the and supposed age, mystery
lives

in this swamp at the present time, namely, the Musk Duck. Forty years ago my mother had a selection
on

Clybucca Swamp.
about

The
ten

at that time was swamp (10,000) thousand acres mother's my in the centre of and with
girl, first

in extent,
was

house
it.

almost

She
a

lived there

her and

two
I

children,

boy and
a

a

used
was

to visit them. there I heard

The most
me

night I

peculiar noise, that
'

and

they informed
people called

it -was

what The
me as

the

Bunyip.'
scribed
to

de bunyip was being half pig and other As the
sizes.
was

half fish) and different

also of various

shapes and
time

at that swamp with thousands

thronged
duck,
I

of wild the

de

cided
I

that

at

would

have
'

a

first opportunity day's shooting, and

try to solve the mystery of Mr. Bun yip, or debbil debbil,' as the the blacks called
it.
j

One day I started from the house, wading through water and weeds for noise something similar to that which would be produced by a person mak ing
a

very
as

loud

gutteral

sound

like

'boo' almost could
was

in book,

closed.
see

keeping the lips Creeping along, I

that

disturbed,
a

and

clear space of water after a few sec duck
its
came on

onds view. back,
es

big

musk

into to its

Throwing
it

head

roared those mysterious nois people for years,

that have puzzled finished up
a

and in
or

circle,

by swimming round throwing the water two
and
seen

three feet in the air.

Having
quired,
my gun,

heard go

all

I

re

I let

the right No.

barrel 4

of

charged with
the
a

shot,

and

took the life of my dead kind
it

first bird, I

bunyip.
found
on

Examining
that had throat, and
reason

of

bag
such the
was
siater

its

I surmise

that this is the
a

why the bird makes
noise. I

pe

culiar and
vtry a was it.

skinned which
my

duck,
of
tuauc

dried the skin,
uuwujr
imture.

a

muff

of

it,

but the odour to enable

of musk
to
use

too strong
I

her

am,

etc.,

A. J. LANCASTER.

National Library of Australia

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