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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.


Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Local ufology group TUFOIC scanned old newspaper and found a story from winter 1909, about a ghost from Upper Warwick Street, in West Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

The ghost appeared to people leaving an hotel at closing time in the form of a figure in a big coat with a luminous body beneath the coat.

TUFOIC apparently hints that the Press offered an explanation, but it still appears as unexplained in a recent humanoid encounters catalog.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001492
Date of event: 1909
Earliest report of event: 1909?
Delay of report: Day, weeks?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology groupe TUFOIC.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Local ufology group.
This file created on: April 2, 2013
This file last updated on: April 2, 2013
Country of event: Australia
State/Department: Tasmania
Type of location: Street while leaving closing hotel.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: Not reported, several.
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young adults, adults or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. People leaving a closing hotel.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Not reported
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Big coat.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Luminous figure beneath big coat.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Not reported.
Entities/witness interactions: Not reported.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported, or ghost.
Explanation category: Was apparently explained, probable confusion.
Explanation certainty: Medium.




A scan of old newspapers sometimes brings up reports of lights from long ago. Maybe most could be explained but now and again a more puzzling story appears. Winter 1909 saw talk of mystery lights even a ghost from Upper Warwick St (West Hobart) . The ghost appeared in the form of a figure in a big coat with a luminous body beneath the coat. Mystery lights were reported from Tasmania's North West Coast. Similar lights to those seen in New Zealand were also reported near Hobart. Explanations forthcoming were a conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter, or the witnesses leaving the local hotel at closing time. A check of astronomical data confirms that such a conjunction took place in 1909.


Albert Rosales indicates that in West Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, in the winter of 1909 at night, "Witnesses reported seeing a 'ghost like' entity in the form of a figure in a big coat with a luminous body beneath the coat. No other information."

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Chris Aubeck, Return to Magonia".

Points to consider:

With so few data, not much can be said. But apparently it was explained in the Press then. And this liekly had nothing to do with UFOs.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe April 2, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source, the Press, not referenced and not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe April 2, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Not enough information. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe April 2, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Was apparently explained in the Press then. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe April 2, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Not one named witness. Help needed. Opened.


Was apparently explained, probable confusion.

Sources references:

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

Document history:


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

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 2, 2013 Creation, [tu1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross April 2, 2013 First published.

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