The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 10 February 1934, page 11

not lar distant Station at Hawkwood since dwindled the falls but they ha\e past I a know black rather At that limp as known to the whites Chapmiddle age to be the ilghtful chief of man He tlaimcd Since K(± could speak English well the tribe of the gi ey beards and most then Chapman of theu the way have gone of that time


The Hairy Man.

The the

tribe that middle

inhabited River,


the country about in south-eastern

Queensland, had an outstanding superstition lived In the haunted In "the hairy man," who

at the


In this instance Falls Auburn of the member sceptics, e\ery there and, like believed that he was
no an

debil deoil,


No night,


man even


black within





day time, and

they v/ould not

Still in the remote miles of it suffimust have ventured of them at the hairy man ciently close to have heard the products of his actiwoik and observed seen the cave vities, for those who had never

camp past,




of sticks in his workshop some be that there was conceded oí the ground for the belief in the existence The hairy man country in the vicinity had the falls river near The a weird appearance watei and deep, dark elongated contained Along b\ fiowning cliffs holes, overshadowed and curving ti the edge giew giant gum-trees were Close masses tiees with dense foliage by m places of semi-Uopical undergrowth, which idea' an scruo It was cíense into a mergpd and of the unreal place to conjuie phantoms the natuie more in falls were The fantastic of a seiies of lapids than a sheer di op and wateis of the seething In flood time the roar than ten miles could be distinctly hea^d more principal Behind the fiist leap-the away it one-was the cave Beyond the entrance, In and walls roof wai, enclosed by granite it was whirlpool, wheip a \ entable flood time by the liver sticks brought down logs and and rapidly swirled round in, weie and drawn striking against the hard round, continuously walls, thus and pioducing the thudíoeky the blacks believed were which ding sounds at work man Contact paused by the hain rounded and away with the rock also woie if of the sticks as evenlv at, they had the ends When the been through a turning lathe in the cave was the water over, lainv season sticks, now of the but most gradually receded So neatly done with oval ends, remained it be would was the rounding piocess that not hard for anyone knowing the circumnot the work stances to íealibe that it wuo

away sortment

accurate description of the at flood time that the hairy it then that was was always busy and he chopped the loudest noise, as made at the varied aswith his tomahawk give





ancestors was in the last time I saw Chapman The As the day was hot we both dismounted bush Tiie conand rested for a time in the shade I told on the hairy man versation turned man that I had no there was hairy him one no there and found the cave examined replied that he was He always there at night heard seen the 01 if he had ever I inquired was in the negative His aniwer hairy man was man there bu* he a\erred that the hahv got a short, thick same He all the then it stick and b»gan tapping the ground with that the sounds time explaining at the same were similar to those pioduced by the he made I informed him at work when hairy man at night and that I Intended visiting the cave no there was to him that thus prove would He seemed at once concerned, and hairy man If I did that not to do so implored me to overtake sure be some serious evil would turned me After a time the conversation that he I could see upon other matters, but ill leaving I promised at ease Before was by night him that I would not visit the cave occasion, while riding out after On another I knew an cattle I met aged black whom His long flowing beard, heavy moustache, and was He walk quite white stiaggly hair were looked tired and despondent mg very fast and he was going I pulled up and asked him where replied that he did not He know, but he from to get as far away the falls as wanted was the hairy man angry very he could-that We would and making a "big fellow noise five four or miles from the then be about falls, and the as breeze was from that direcíoai was very pronounced tion the thunderous













blacks also bplieved that if the sticks The were removed man operated on by thp hain from they would eventuiillv find theil the cave .Strange as it might appear back again way the hairy man, erne the belief in the haunted was shared by some stiPKS and the mtgiatorv instance ot An of the early white pioneeis civilised culture tiadition influencing savage
late as As 700 about boiee
at some

devoid of meanSuperstitions as a rule are beneficial results rarely lead to any ing, and River blacks, however, can supply The Auburn As bushman exception every at least one is excellent eating knows, the brush turkey The flesh is known flavoured and tender fin nutritious, and, needless to to be peculiarly much prized by the blacks say, the bird was it was But of delicacy taboo to as the acme the young men They dared not eat it They a were that if they ate even taught young evil would occult Insidiously morsel of it some The blush turkey was overtake them specitribe of the ally reserved for the old men a as wise provision the bird This was and was plentiful In the neighbouring scrubs, it of sustained the waning eneigies the aged It was also in pleasand prolonged their lives of some contrast to the ways of the South ing civilised, Sea islanders who though far more the iniquitous habit of knocking their had no when the latter were aged on the head longer able to produce the food they required civila Onlv two or three years ago young on ised black, who was employed as stockman a neighbouring cattle station, took sick During his illness and after he recovered he told comrades-black white-that his and the was trouble caused through his having eaten tuikey, and that he should have known brush better than to have done so






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