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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.

March or April 1932 or 1933, Nambour, Queensland, Australia, a boy:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The letter of an alleged witness appeared in Contact, ufology bulletin of the UFO Research Queensland, Australia, #53 of September / October 1974. The event is date March or April 1932 or 1933, and the letter said:

"The Town was Nambour, Queensland, the spot was about a half mile west of the town. The area of the sighting was on a small creek running through the family farm, and there was a small swampy area just to one side of the creek where water oozed out of the hillside. There was always water at this spot they year around and every year.

"There was a small hill, right around the base of which the swampy pools lay. It is a rather odd shaped hill, almost a cone, and it definitely is not joined on to a large hill close to it; the pools of water separate them. I was playing with a group of boys and girls in the vicinity of this small hill, and I wandered some distance from them and approached a tall growth of grass which grew all around the edge of a small pool of water just at the foot of this hill. I put both hands up in front of me and parted this tall grass to look through. I heard a low humming sound, and saw a round object directly in front of me about four feet away. It looked the same shape as if two ordinary saucers were placed face to face and then turned on their sides. There was a small circle around the top of the top dome of the object, the area in this circle, about three-quarters of the way up the top dome was curved upwards into a smaller dome, but not like a button shape, more gently curved. The colour of the object was the same shade of silver grey as a Canberra Bomber looks on a dull, rainy, overcast day. It was this same colour all over. The size of the object was 12" in diameter. It hovered 3" above the surface of the water. There was a slight, almost imperceptible shiver of the water surface directly below the object as if it was directing a force directly downward in order to stay in the air. It was not a draught of air as from a jet engine, as the waves going outwards in concentric circles directly below the object were so small in height as to amount to no more than a shivering of the surface. The object remained perfectly still over the same spot, 3" above the surface of the water. There was a very high speed shiver motion of the object as if a gyro-stabiliser of some kind were keeping it upright. As I bent forward to look more closely, the humming sound rose suddenly in pitch and volume, and at the same time a whitish mist began to form between me and the object, but close to it. I did not see any holes from which it came, and I think it was some form of an electronic mist. I could still see through it, though like one can see through a nylon cloth woven very fine. I could still see its outline. At the same time the mist began to form, I felt a tight feeling in the head and as the noise increased, I let go of the tall grass and stepped back. I could not see it any more, and I felt stunned in the head, but I could still hear it humming behind the tall grass. I did not see any holes or vents in the upper surface of the object - it was smooth all the way around as would be expected of a high speed flying machine - nor did I see any control surfaces or flaps or rudders or fins. There were no seams welded or riveted to be seen, no hatches or light housings. I did not see any flashing lights, and when I looked closer at it, I could see the bottom area was free from any rounded bumps or landing gear. There were no legs under it - just the smooth rounded bottom. There were no portholes or windows. There were no marking or lettering on the object. I did not touch it or get closer than four feet any time. Soon afterwards, everyone decided to go up to the house, and on the way one girl said suddenly, "What was that? Something flew up between those trees." "It was a magpie," someone said. "No it was not," said the first girl. I did not see anything, but I knew what it was; it was the object flying off. That night I noticed large white blisters on both of my hands and I felt out of sorts. Sometime during the night whilst I was asleep most of the blisters burst, and one or two remaining burst during the day and a clear fluid like water came out. I felt better after that. The blisters were the size of a three-penny piece and were pure white."

Although I cannot see with the descibed object would justify a CE3 classification - I would have put it in the CE2 category - the bulletin published it as a CE3, and a spetical ufology catalogue did that too later.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001663
Date of event:
Earliest report of event:
Delay of report:
Witness reported via: Wrote letter to ufology bulletin or ufologist.
First alleged record by: Witness letter in ufology bulletin "Contact", UFO Research Queensland.
First certain record by: Witness letter in ufology bulletin "Contact", UFO Research Queensland.
First alleged record type: Witness letter in ufology bulletin.
First certain record type: Witness letter in ufology bulletin.
This file created on: August 25, 2018
This file last updated on: August 25, 2018
Country of event: Australia
State/Department: Queensland
Type of location: Outside near Namour.
Lighting conditions: Daytime.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Maybe
UFO/Entity Relation: N/A
Witnesses numbers: 1 or 2
Witnesses ages: 8 or 9
Witnesses types: Children.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 0
Type of entities: N/A (Object)
Entities height: N/A
Entities outfit type: N/A
Entities outfit color: N/A
Entities skin color: N/A
Entities body: N/A
Entities head: N/A
Entities eyes: N/A
Entities mouth: N/A
Entities nose: N/A
Entities feet: N/A
Entities arms: N/A
Entities fingers: N/A
Entities fingers number: N/A
Entities hair: N/A
Entities voice: N/A
Entities actions: N/A
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial craft. Not CE3 but CE2.
Explanation certainty: None.

Narratives:

[Ref. bc1:] BILL CHALKER:

A MINI UFO NEAR NAMBOUR

A fifty year old man recounted in 1974, the story of his encounter with a mini-UFO back in 1932 or 1933, near the town of Nambour, in Northern Queensland. He was 8 or 9 at the time, and at about two one afternoon, in about late March or early April, he was playing with some local children. He strayed from them and went over to a nearby hillock, which was surrounded by a small body of water:

"....I put both hands up in front of me and parted this tall grass to look through. I heard a low humming sound, and saw a round object directly in front of me, about four feet away.

"It looked the same shape as if two ordinary saucers were placed face to face and then turned on their sides... The colour of the object was the same shade of silver grey as a Canberra bomber looks on a dull, rainy, overcast day... The size of the object was 12 inches in diameter. It hovered 3 inches above the surface of the water. There was a slight almost imperceptible shiver of the water surface directly below the object as if it was directing a force directly downwards in order to stay in the air... The waves (of water) were going outward in concentric circles directly below the object...

"...There was a very high speed shiver motion of the object as if a gyro-stabiliser of some kind were keeping it up right.

"As I bent forward to look more closely, the humming sound rose suddenly in pitch and volume, and at the same time a whitish mist begun to form between me and the object, but close to it...

"At the same time... I felt a tight feeling in the head and as the noise increased, I let go of the tall grass and stepped back. I could not see it any more, and I felt stunned in the head, but I could still hear it humming behind the tall grass....

"Soon afterwards, everyone decided to go up to the house, and on the way one girl said suddenly, "What was that?" Something flew up between those trees. "It was a magpie," someone said. "No it was not," said the first girl.

I did not see anything, but I knew what it was; it was the object flying off. "That night I noticed large white blisters on both of my hands and I felt out of sorts. Sometime during the night whilst I was asleep most of the blisters burst, and one or two remaining burst during the day and a clear fluid like water came out. I felt better after that..."

[Ref. au1:] "AUSTRALIAN UFO RESEARCH NETWORK":

1932

MAR/EARLY APR; NAMBOUR, QLD (CE3)

"The Town was Nambour, Queensland, the spot was about a half mile west of the town. The area of the sighting was on a small creek running through the family farm, and there was a small swampy area just to one side of the creek where water oozed out of the hillside. There was always water at this spot they year around and every year.

There was a small hill, right around the base of which the swampy pools lay. It is a rather odd shaped hill, almost a cone, and it definitely is not joined on to a large hill close to it; the pools of water separate them. I was playing with a group of boys and girls in the vicinity of this small hill, and I wandered some distance from them and approached a tall growth of grass which grew all around the edge of a small pool of water just at the foot of this hill. I put both hands up in front of me and parted this tall grass to look through. I heard a low humming sound, and saw a round object directly in front of me about four feet away. It looked the same shape as if two ordinary saucers were placed face to face and then turned on their sides. There was a small circle around the top of the top dome of the object, the area in this circle, about three-quarters of the way up the top dome was curved upwards into a smaller dome, but not like a button shape, more gently curved. The colour of the object was the same shade of silver grey as a Canberra Bomber looks on a dull, rainy, overcast day. It was this same colour all over. The size of the object was 12" in diameter. It hovered 3" above the surface of the water. There was a slight, almost imperceptible shiver of the water surface directly below the object as if it was directing a force directly downward in order to stay in the air. It was not a draught of air as from a jet engine, as the waves going outwards in concentric circles directly below the object were so small in height as to amount to no more than a shivering of the surface. The object remained perfectly still over the same spot, 3" above the surface of the water. There was a very high speed shiver motion of the object as if a gyro-stabiliser of some kind were keeping it upright. As I bent forward to look more closely, the humming sound rose suddenly in pitch and volume, and at the same time a whitish mist began to form between me and the object, but close to it. I did not see any holes from which it came, and I think it was some form of an electronic mist. I could still see through it, though like one can see through a nylon cloth woven very fine. I could still see its outline. At the same time the mist began to form, I felt a tight feeling in the head and as the noise increased, I let go of the tall grass and stepped back. I could not see it any more, and I felt stunned in the head, but I could still hear it humming behind the tall grass. I did not see any holes or vents in the upper surface of the object - it was smooth all the way around as would be expected of a high speed flying machine - nor did I see any control surfaces or flaps or rudders or fins. There were no seams welded or riveted to be seen, no hatches or light housings. I did not see any flashing lights, and when I looked closer at it, I could see the bottom area was free from any rounded bumps or landing gear. There were no legs under it - just the smooth rounded bottom. There were no portholes or windows. There were no marking or lettering on the object. I did not touch it or get closer than four feet any time. Soon afterwards, everyone decided to go up to the house, and on the way one girl said suddenly, "What was that? Something flew up between those trees." "It was a magpie," someone said. "No it was not," said the first girl. I did not see anything, but I knew what it was; it was the object flying off. That night I noticed large white blisters on both of my hands and I felt out of sorts. Sometime during the night whilst I was asleep most of the blisters burst, and one or two remaining burst during the day and a clear fluid like water came out. I felt better after that. The blisters were the size of a three-penny piece and were pure white."

[Ref. jt1:] JOSEPH TRAINOR:

1933 - Small disc hovers behind a house in Nambour, Queensland, Australia. It's grabbed by a boy, who suffers itching and blistering on his hands as a result of grabbing the object.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

1932 or 1933

AUSTRALIA, near Nambour (Queensland)

A young boy saw a small disc about 30 cm in diameter hovering close to him. The disc made a slight buzzing noise and was surrounded by a white fog. The boy became ill and had huge blisters on his hands. (Janet and Colin BORD: "Modern Mysteries of the World" - Guild Publishing London 1989, 309)

OTHER VERSION: ... The boy seizes the object but must release it, he is cruelly burned in the hands. (A CENTURY OF UFO - UFO Roundup Dec. 1999, Joseph Trainor)

[Ref. kb2:] KEITH BASTERFIELD:

Ca. Mar/Apr 1932 or 33 Nambour, QLD (26:38, 152:58)

A boy reported seeing a small UFO within a metre’s range, and afterwards that a whitish mist had appeared between him and the object. He felt a ‘tight feeling in the head’ and felt stunned. That night the boy developed large, white blisters on both hands and felt ‘out of sorts.’ The blisters burst during the night and the following day, secreting a clear watery fluid. The boy then felt better.

Source: Letter to "Contact" UFO Research Queensland (UFORQLD). No 53. Sep/Oct 1974.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

March-April 1932 (or following year) 1400hrs.

NAMBOUR (QUEENSLAND : AUSTRALIA)

A boy observed an object about 30cm in diameter that came within 1.2m. A whitish mist appeared between him and the object. He felt dazed and had a tightness in his chest. That night he felt unwell and developed large white blisters on his hands, which burst during the night and next day, secreting a clear watery fluid. The boy then felt better.

Basterfield 1981 p67 + 1997 p 136 citing letter from the witness in UFO Research (Queensland) Newsletter (Contact) 53

Points to consider:

UFO Research Queensland Australia (uforq.asn.au) is a ufology group founded in 1956 and still existing now in 2018 as I write these lines.

The report is a letter, there seems to have been no investigation. The report is obviously of high strangeness, but of totally unknown credibility, anf heavily backdated.

If the report is true, it is obvious that the reported object is not from our planet.

However, I cannot see why this would be a CE3 report: there is no "UFO occupant", only a "UFO", its description does not suggest at all it would be soemtning like a living entity or a being. It suggests it was an object, a craft, a device. Because of the reported effects on the witness, it should have been put in the CE2 category.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
-

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial craft. Not CE3 but CE2.

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 August 25, 2018 Creation, [bc1], [au1], [jt1], [go1], [kb2], [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 25, 2018 First published.

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