Advocate (Burnie, Tas.

: 1890 - 1954), Tuesday 28 March 1933, page 7
WHAT
IS

THE

BUNYIP?!
the

Eye-Witnesses

Great

Lake "Monster."
(By
B.
J.

Cameron,

Deloraine.)

During tho past few years fishermen havo n reported having seen bunyip nt Great Lake, although some havo vouched for mysterious creatures at Lako "Lako Lea, and other lakes Tiberias, in Tasmania. For 75 years or moro ovidcnce lins been given at Great Lake, and it is common that the knowledge natives were superstitious of tho bunyip, which word \ised to describo was one of their ghosts. At a meeting of tho Field Naturalists' Club at Hobart on February 2ii, 3032, Hr. Olivo Lord tho word described bunyip as ari Australian aboriginal term for an apparent mystical monster which was supto haunt tho swamps posed and lukes of Australia. Mr. Lord said thero could in bo no doubt tho mind of anyone all tho who data examined available that there was animal an in tho Tasmanian lakes which needed further investigation. Ho urged members of thc club to investigate tho question in order to seo whether something definite could bo obtained. I mention this to show tho sceptics that the highest of authorities believes that thero is serious eauso for definitely investigating tho ovidenco of reliable witnesses who claim very many seen to havo different a times and places such a hugo ercaturo causing abnormal sights and displacement of water. Their evidence bo cannot shaken, as so manv descriptions In conversation'with Hr. Reg. Slalor, well-known as a naturalist, only a lew days ago, I found that ho is very emphatic ns to having seen tho monster mid Vjolievos it to bo an amphibian. Hr. Slater, describing thc feeling of criticism locally, said that he has numerous letters from Berlin, London, Now York and other leading museums in tho world, offering extra largo sums of money for tho right to sccuro tho it bo tho luck should mystery monster of any person to land it at any time. Sinco last article on this submy ject, I have received several reports from eye-witnesses and several others, which to tho present I havo not np lind tho opportunity to verify. Ono is that stands out from Hr. Arthur n member of a well-known famJohns, ily, which has had n lifelong residence at Groat Lake. Mr. Johns himself has had wido down experience up and shores of tho lake in connection with tho hydro-electric He scheme. states that with Mr. B. Bowman ho was rowing in a dinghy near tho Old Man's Head Swrtn Bay on April 28 of last at Thero was light fog, which a year. lifted sufficiently for them to seo about a milo ahead. Both men distinctly saw something, tho like of which they had never seen before. It was a brownish color, with a and big head tnpering towards tho tail nnd about 4ft. Gin. long. It was with swimming outwards its head towards Turning, it came up.
.

head up. towards Turning, it came them, and they paddled in its direction, but on hearing them it dived and was lost to view. Tho lato Mr. William an Johns saw object of the samo description at Howell's Neck in 1914, and tho late it saw Mr. White at Swan Bay in is most 1872. Mr. Johns emphatic as he and Mr. Bowman to what saw, and that it is ridiculous to say it musk duck. I had tho pleaOnly last week-end sure of meeting Mr. Henry Andrews, of Chudleigh, who even at a grand age, is still in full possession of health nnd faculties. is one Mr. Andrews of the pioneer hunters of and'explorers tho Tablelands, and is most interested in tho burning question, "Is thero a Mr. decided anBunyip?" Andrews' stated
was a swer

its

is

"Yes."

Ho
over.

Jack for black

Teintes that whilo at Lako Lea CO years with ago, in company and Jim Milos Conuors, looking

an object they saw swan, lying still on tho water. It was about, eight feet long, and would start off at a great speed, throwing up two o'f largo sprays water, then it would and start off agnin. Mr. Andrews stop feels confident that it was a largo seal, it again but did not see during any

later ing.

During

visit to the lake. winter seasons,

while

hunt-

Mr. Andrews, with the lato Tod Anderson, several times saw footprints of sonic mysterious animal in tho snow between Mr. Pelion and Gad's Hill.
and about with a bar across tho centre, and toe marks across thc front and about half way round. On one occasion, during a light storm, they crossed tho sumo tracks, tho originator of which must havo passed by only a few minutes before, otherwise tho tracks would have been covered by thc snow. Such was tho impression gained that it was decided discretion that was tho better part of valor, and they continued their jourwere

The thc

footprints

round

shape of

a

pony's foot

i

ney.

iNcverthclcss, is absoMr. Andrews lutely certain and convinced that Lake Lea 'does safely and jealously

guard

a

in March, 1932, Messrs S. Stott und J. O'Donnell, two prospectors, reported on three or four oe casions that visited they had Lak< Lea and hud seen tho strango denizen So who knows what hold.' tho future for tho naturalist on thc tablelands ol

mystery.

Only

Tasmania?

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