Canberra Yowies. An historical perspective
Woodcut - Sydney Cove 1790
Recently there has been a large spike in visits to prior posts I have made involving a Yowie like report. I thought I would gather them all here for the Google search engine and for anyone locally interested. They are all S/E area specific...
Anyway it seems a surge in interest in the American bigfoot has spawned popular interest in the centuries old reports and current sightings of what people describe as an unknown hominid primate living on several continents and going by the name of Yeti, Bigfoot, Sasquatch and our own local version the Yowie.
So here is the collection of Canberra, Monaro, Snowy and South Coast mentions of a Yowie like creature I have found over time. Going on the increasing amount of modern day sightings, like its international counterparts, a Yowie is described as being a large man-like creature which is completely covered in hair. It is apparently elusive, shy and intelligent and lives in the wild ranges of the New South Wales Great Divide.
In chronological order
Queanbeyan Age - Wednesday 7 April 1880
(it was a long town meeting type article) This is the snippet of the closing comments.
Queanbeyan Age - Tuesday 24 August 1886
Queanbeyan Age - Saturday 1 October 1887
The Sydney Morning Herald - Friday 20 February 1891
Again for brevity a snippet of the full article
* George Webb was an early and very respected pioneer an grazier from the Canberra area
Queanbeyan Age - Friday 7 August 1903
National Library of Australia
*The endnote on the last clipping, enlarged here, reports the apparent killing of a Yowie on the Murrumbidgee near Yass...
The Sydney Morning Herald - Wednesday 16 October 1912
Zeehan and Dundas Herald (Hobart), Friday 22 November 1912
The Sydney Morning Herald - Saturday 8 June 1935