Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld.

: 1878-1954), Saturday 7 April 1923, page 8




Sergeant Whalon, of thc native police, introduced Mr. Grant to the subject of the marsupial tiger on tho Banks of the Mulgrave River. He said that it was to the carnivorous, and well known natives. Many of their dogs hunting the of the scrub and boulders among tops, never returned. mountain HYSTERICAL BLACKS,

Its fare wns round and like s cat's; it had ii long tail, and its body wa« striped black. and yellow Tho dqjr chased th--" animal to a leaning tree, which the beast ran When the dog barked the animal up. and leaped down attacked it. The wont afraid and was homo. Tracks ot a port of tiger have ticen in Dalryniple's seen 'lap, and a most reliable man *aw thc animal that my eon


in is




firmly believed
is a


Australia there
would for for match Nero's

zoologists that bloodthirsty ani-

mal which


proved more hungriest lions




in the

beast that

ho6 seen world patrols the

cf the Queensland lt is stealthy and has terrorised the blacks ! It is a Marsupial a bunyip! Tiger-not and bunters are setting out to capcager 1 ture il with traps and a movie camera In the extreme of wildest northern Queensland the tiger has left its footprints to convince septics of its existence. Not on>y that, the animal has been seen by thc blacks of the mountain scrub-and the white dwellers of (he as well. ranges Thc beast is bigger than the Tasmanian wolf, and its coat is darkîy but distinctly striped. it has not When made a surreptitious enough departure deits scription each on occasion has been coris little roborated, lt sometimes a (Iiis in its depredations, but romantic is docs not imply that thc animal mythical. The marsupial tiger likes thc moonlight-a weakness that will aid its hunters a great deal.

handful of men, no the man-eating mysterious fastPalmerviWe Ranges in

natives verge being slain AH their dogs were superstitiously the devoured, and and natives regarded the tiger with frantic Not the most extravagant terror. even inducements could persuade them to acMr. Grant to the vicinity of the company animal's lair. They refused to venture peaks. mites of thc mountain within the jabbering natives said, Sometimes, two of these tigers would slink or one men The the mountains. from down So Mr. than this. more would say no that these alarmGrant had to presume ing visits flung the blacks' camps into





SURVEYORS. thc Lona. that lying in when they


Another letter, dated 1S71, to don Zoological Society, stated surveyor
and his their

party were tents asleep ono night awakened by n terrille Out,-onr. side they found thc strangest trackn. They were startled suddenly in this mininer three nights in. succession. Mr. .1. E. Idriess, of Coen, C/iiecnuland, lin? written of a wild battle, he witnessed! Pciiin«uln on York between a murstip!al tiger nm! a. kangaroo. ]lo miscalled the tiger cat. beast a Ile said that it was

in the scrub Once when Mr. Grant was the across with a companion Its came noanimal that he knew tracks of au body in the world-except blacks and a before. ever seen few white men-had fresh and as big aa The imprints were Mr. Grant's hand. wag also in Mr. George Sharpe, who months., similarly Queensland for many would have failed to induce blacks-who followed him into a blazing inferno-to of the marguide him into the domain supial slightly tiger.




Recently Mr. Beg. Kendall, journalist critic, and and a movie camera-man, their embarked on important journey from Sydney to Cooktown, where, pack horses and two »ill be eniisteA çuido little Tho ex ped lion, witli a large supply of provisions »nd elaborate traps:, will into march tho wilderness through the dreary miles or jionotonous-ecrub to the gloomy Palmervil>e ranees-where Australia's tiger, shyly, has faade its retreat. The hunters will esnblish their camp Later, at Annie Creek. when tho advance party wiH bc on the trial of the tiger, Mr. lc Souef, Director of th» Zoo, will follow, with other experts. It is an adventurous mission, and nokeen or confident body could bc more than Mr. Kendall. He is juite o> TOuog man sin ifar has made and journeys ? erritory, through New the Northern Guinea, and South America. Even Mr. Robert Grant, late of the Australian Museum, is positive that thc marsupial tiger is not a myth. He fossicked in about for Queensland after years fauna, and although he did not actually 6ee the beast, he (secured very convincing evidence that it haunted the mountains, and was extraordinarily rare. First reBa emphasising the proved bility of the blacks, Mr. Grant related most a interesting and strange narrafar tive of his experiences, as the as tiger was concerned, in the wilds of the

afterwards Mr. Sharpe was for hi» patience. He rewarded searching at early evening for the was bird. Hearing eggs of the golden bower a saw rustle he turned, and plainly a It woe large animal scowling at him. striped, vividly but before Mr. Sharpe could raise his gun the beast slunk into the shadows. TIGER KILLED.

bleating for its dead followed int« mate, was and devoured tho scrub of thc Atherton district by an settler. Suddenly, in a brilliant angry flood of moonlight, he saw thc author of a marsupial tiger. He was tho crime-a bit scared, but instantly shot thc leering auimal. Next morning be ekinnod it, and tho skin, which he said Mr. Sharpe saw to tip of was about five feet from nose tail. Wild pigs, unfortunately, had eaten thc head and body, and when Slr. Sharpe it til« skin was practically decayed. saw Near a Queensland beach a youth had realistic thrilling a and enough ex1871, perience. as long ago as That was details have, been preserved but thc in letter from Mr. B. G. Sheridan, a police a magistrate at Cardwell, and fattier of thc of the London Zoologiboy, to a member TIic letter tells cn cal Society. exciting and curious 6tory: "One evening a fox terrier, accompanying my boy along a path near Rockingham Way, followed a scent from scrub near the beo<;h to the west coast range. tho a About mile away dog, barkiug furiously, discovered a strange animal lying in thc grass. son dcecrilicd it. My big os ns Tile beast was a native dog. Its fare wns round and like s cat's; it

One night







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hefty, medium-sir-ed sleek and beautifully triped. Armed with lonce-like claws, thc beast possessed tremendous tearing strength. Its cars were sharp and pricked, its and head rcemblcd that ot a tiger. lt lighting was a fully-grown Biala kain which had Its back against a tree. garoo, Thc flesh of one of its legs wai ton« to the bone. Suddenly a streak shot towards its throat and the kangaroo slid to thc ground dead. The victor, a mar» supial tiger, stood defiantly bestride Ita victim. The tiger saw the spectator. Hil eyes gleamed, and the skin wrinkled bmckf from its horrible fangs in a tcowl. Mr,
as a i* was


high body








He found



after that, and lite* a dead tiger. It had been killed by a powerful staghound. But tho stag hound was twisted on the ground, also



also cide, Tlie

or were

two other men in Queensland acquainted with thc animal. descriptions of the tiger all coin«

Mr. Kendall his advance and party have some exciting adventures. They arc after the largest rock-pythons and tree-climbing kangaroos as well. Literally, tliey are armed to the teeth. If thc tizer ia captured alive it will find a home in a>e zoo, or dead it Will be placea jr museum. In any e¿rAustralia will be proud of its tiger-a reaïîv «did animal at laatt
will have been made «¡tb Kendall to ttcspatch. accounts of bis strange mountain mint to "The Sun," Sydney, fron» wbitib. the "Bulletin" haf acquired the right of publication.)






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