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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

1930, Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia, Melba Cullen:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

It seems the Australien "Yowie" researcher Paul Cropper investigated on 15 July 2001 a case of 1930 in Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia:

One Melba Cullen, when she was 12-year-old, was picking wild flowers in the bush, by the Maria River, 10 km south of Kempsey, when she heard footsteps behind her and turned to see a hairy humanoid about 2-meters-tall standing by a stump. It had dog hair length tan colored hair.

This "Yowie" report was included later by British "skeptical" ufologist Peter Rogerson in his INTCAT catalogue.

A sketch of the creature was apparently made by Melba Cullen:

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001669
Date of event: 1930
Earliest report of event: July 15, 2001
Delay of report: 7 decades.
Witness reported via: Told to cryptozoology Investigator Paul Cropper.
First alleged record by: Cryptozoology investigation Paul Cropper.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Peter Rogerson.
First alleged record type: Cryptozoology investigation in "Yowie" book.
First certain record type: "Skeptical" ufology catalogue.
This file created on: September 19, 2018
This file last updated on: September 19, 2018
Country of event: Australia
State/Department: New South Wales
Type of location: Outside near Kempsey.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 12
Witnesses types: Young girl.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: Yes.
Witnesses-approved drawing: Yes.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Yowie
Entities height: 2 meters.
Entities outfit type: None.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Not reported or not visible.
Entities body: Quasi human but covered of hair.
Entities head: Hairy, long hair, bearded.
Entities eyes: Two.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Large.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Two, like human but hairy.
Entities fingers: Normal.
Entities fingers number: 5.
Entities hair: Entirely covered of long hair, tan colored.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Was standing there near a stump.
Entities/witness interactions: Not reported.
Witness(es) reactions: Not reported.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Unexplained or invention, not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

1930.

KEMPSEY (NEW SOUTH WALES : AUSTRALIA)

Melba Cullen (12) was picking wild flowers in the bush, by the Maria River, 10km, south of Kempsey, when she heard footsteps behind her ands [sic] turned to see a hairy humanoid about 2m tall stood by a stump. It had dog hair length tan coloured hair.

Healy and Cropper 2006 p42, 218 case 53 citing witness in Macleay Argus 25 September 1976 + investigation by Paul Cropper 15 July 2001

[Ref. pi1:] "PINTEREST":

Points to consider:

The "Macleay Argus 25 September 1976" source cited in [pr1] is not about this sighting report, but about another one - a very detailed "Yowie" report - by a Mr. George Gray, in 1968, in south Kempsey. As I do not have the Healey and Cropper book at hand, I cannot say if they mixed up the two different cases source or if Peter Rogerson did this mix up.

The case has nothing to do with UFO sightings or UFO occupants, it is a case for cryptozoology. I have no prosaic explanation, but there is no evidence, the information available to me for now is a bit scarce and the reliability of the witness is unknown.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe September 19, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing primary source [hc1]. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe September 19, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No information on single witness. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe September 19, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Reported 7 decades after alleged occurrence. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe September 19, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No details on the event, interactions etc. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Unexplained or invention, not UFO-related.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 19, 2018 Creation, [pr1], [pi1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 19, 2018 First published.

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