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UFOs in the daily Press:

The "mysterious airship" wave in the New Zealand Press, 1909:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Observer, New Zealand, Volume XXIX, Issue 46, page 16, July 31, 1909.


It seems that New Zealanders are getting as hysterical in the matter of scareships as the Yankeefied press is making the people of England. Any mysterious moving light on a distant hill-top is in danger of being taken for the lamp of some experimenting aeroplane inventor, even in places that have not fallen under suspicion of possessing any such genius. The imaginative person who suggested to the "Star" that the alleged aerial lights seen the other evening in the direction of Tamaki may have been the lights of an airship invented by a Christchurch man who is in town with an airship invention, has only the flimsiest grounds to go upon. All that that particular inventor a former employee of the Auckland Gas Co., by the way has produced as yet is a working model which he fondly expects will develop into something practicable, if only he can form a syndicate that will finance the perfecting of his scheme and enable him to submit it to the War Office. Till New Zealand does produce something to skim through the midnight air it is not too much to ask that the newspapers should keep their heads cool.

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