AUSTRALIAN UFO REPORTS AND EXPERIENCES
1997 ISSUE FOURTEEN
Compiled by Keith Basterfield
PO Box 1894 Adelaide SA 5001
I'd like to welcome the input, this issue, from UFORUM in WA, courtesy of Brian Richards.
1992-1993 Adelaide SA IFO/trace
An Italian man phoned in 1997 to advise that he had previously found a marking on his back lawn. It was 8m in diameter with a 30cm width rim. Grass inside and outside the circle was green; inside the rim it was dead. After a month, the ring simply went. Almost certainly a fungus ring. (UFORSA)
24 Apr 1997 Broome WA 2030hrs 150mins NL
John Kernott, a Broome UFO researcher, reported a white "rainbow" hanging in the sky...near One Arm Point. A similar shaped cloud stayed in front of the "rainbow" for some time. Prior to the sighting three muffled explosions were heard from an unknown source. (Brian Richards/UFORUM from "Journal of Alternative Realities" Vol 5 Issue 1 1997.)
26 Apr 1997 Perth WA 2mins NL
A number of witnesses from Greenwood and the Marangaroo area reported two orange lights moving from South to North then West to East, and again NW to SE. They seemed some distance apart, one above the other, then came together forming a figure eight or cottage loaf and moving in and out of the clouds. No sound was heard. (Brian Richards/UFORUM from "Journal of Alternative Realities" Vol 5 Issue 1 1997.)
26 Apr 1997 Hammersley WA (2130-2150hrs) NL
A man reported a silent orange light moving NW to NE and considered it too slow, even for a helicopter. (Brian Richards/UFORUM from "Journal of Alternative Realities" Vol 5 Issue 1 1997.)
28 Apr 1997 Perth WA 2145hrs NL
A group of four people, aged 14,16,18 and 22 stood in a driveway in Bathford Street, Darlington. A ray shone down from a dome above, bathing them in light which felt warm. After a few seconds the light and object vanished leaving the witnesses anxious and apprehensive. (Brian Richards/UFORUM from "Journal of Alternative Realities" Vol 5 Issue 1 1997.)
6 May 1997 Perth WA 1835hrs NL
Darlington, Helena Valley area. Six witnesses reported three glowing gold coloured lights coming from different directions. One would stop, another catch up and overtake, another moved off at great speed. One remained stationary for six minutes before streaking away. The six witnesses were mystified, describing the objects like perfect spheres of polished bronze. (Brian Richards/UFORUM from "Journal of Alternative Realities" Vol 5 Issue 1 1997.)
7 May 1997 Perth WA 2050hrs NL
William was driving south along the Tonkin Highway when he saw a huge fireball literally streak North to South over the hills. It was the fastest moving object he had ever seen. (Brian Richards/UFORUM from "Journal of Alternative Realities" Vol 5 Issue 1 1997.)
8 May 1997 Perth WA (2000-2030hrs) 2mins NL
Anna of Hillarys was in Waterford Drive and found a glow or ray of light engulfing her. Looking up she saw a large glowing disc stationary above her. Almost immediately she suffered a headache, which lasted several hours. The disc just faded out after about 2 minutes although an impression of the object remained. (Brian Richards/UFORUM from "Journal of Alternative Realities" Vol 5 Issue 1 1997.)
8 May 1997 Perth WA 2200hrs 30mins NL
A man reported what appeared to be a mass of light in the West from the Roe Highway, going West. Three objects, red, green and blue, were seen at first to move slowly towards the West.
(Brian Richards/UFORUM from "Journal of Alternative Realities" Vol 5 Issue 1 1997.)
8 May 1997 Perth WA 2350hrs NL
A woman in Lansdale, south of Wanneroo, reported an orange light moving SW away from Perth airport. It was very large and the witness was convinced it was not an aeroplane. (Brian Richards/UFORUM from "Journal of Alternative Realities" Vol 5 Issue 1 1997.)
9 May 1997 Rockingham WA 2205hrs NL
A witness phoning from Rockingham reported a very bright light travelling exceedingly fast from South to NW. The description would categorise it as a green fireball; large bright shimmering aqua green with a red leading edge and a short dark conical tail. It appeared to drop straight down and was lost to view from the two witnesses. (Brian Richards/UFORUM from "Journal of Alternative Realities" Vol 5 Issue 1 1997.)
11 May 1997 Perth WA 0000hrs NL
A couple were driving South along Roe Highway. They braked to avoid a white rabbit which ran in front of them. This was followed by a group of white rabbits. So surprised by this scene, the couple stopped the car and got out. They then noticed in front and above them an orange light moving about erratically. It was zigzagging this way and that, up and down. The couple noticed there was no traffic on the highway, which was normally always busy at this time, but after the object had gone the traffic reappeared. (Brian Richards/UFORUM from "Journal of Alternative Realities" Vol 5 Issue 1 1997.)
13 May 1997 Perth WA 0000hrs NL
A woman was travelling with friends along Riverside Drive, Perth in the direction of the Barrack Street jetty. In front of them, towards King"s Park, a bright orange half circle of light hovered above the road. It rose up heading West towards the ocean at great speed. Curiously there was no traffic in front of the witnesses on this normally very busy stretch of road. Another woman reported seeing a half Moon of light in the same area but at 10.30pm on the same night. (Brian Richards/UFORUM from "Journal of Alternative Realities" Vol 5 Issue 1 1997.)
18 May 1997 Kenmore (Brisbane) QLD 1910hrs NL
An ex-artillery man witnesses an orange/red light (UFO) looking East, travelling from the South to South-East heading North. There was low cloud cover, the UFO was moving slowly under the cloud cover. At arms length it was approximately half an inch in size, and was approximately 60 to 65 degrees to the horizon. Its speed was half or less the speed of a light aircraft. This witness had had a life time of experience with aircraft and he is certain that what he has seen is not an aircraft but a UFO. ("Australian Sightings Register" in "Ufologist" Vol 1 No 3 Jul/Sep 1997 published by the UFO Investigation Centre Queensland.)
28 May 1997 Perth WA 1930hrs NL
Glenda of Dianella reported seeing a line of five very bright orange balls ort spheres in the SE over Perth. They regrouped to form a letter C or G before disappearing. (Brian Richards/UFORUM from "Journal of Alternative Realities" Vol 5 Issue 1 1997.)
30 May 1997 Hervey Bay QLD 1730hrs 30mins NL
Witness observed a very bright, orange ball of light close to the Western horizon. The Sun was setting, and the orange light was approximately 30 degrees above the horizon. It was stationary and then would move at a slow pace. It then dropped from 30 degrees to between 15 and 20 degrees and disappeared. ("Australian Sightings Register" in "Ufologist" Vol 1 No 3 Jul/Sep 1997 published by the UFO Investigation Centre Queensland.)
30 May 1997 Sunnybank Hills (Brisbane) QLD 1900hrs NL
Two witnesses observed four very bright orange lights. Three were in a triangular formation with the fourth behind the three. They were travelling from Beaudesert to a North West direction. The witnesses observed a dark object on the underneath one of the orange lights. The witnesses phoned air traffic control whilst watching the orange lights, the air traffic controllers said the only object was a plane that had just landed. Watching for a few more minutes, the objects then disappeared. ("Australian Sightings Register" in "Ufologist" Vol 1 No 3 Jul/Sep 1997 published by the UFO Investigation Centre Queensland.)
30 May 1997 1930hrs &1 Jun 1997 1830hrs Algester (Brisbane) QLD10mins NL
Witness at Algester observed 10 UFOs over a period of 2 days. On the 30th she observed 5 bright orange lights with 1 white light, flying in a 'V' formation, and on the 1st observed 4 orange lights in total; 3 in a pyramid formation and the 4th one trailing behind. On both evenings the UFOs were travelling from Algester (near Sunnybank) towards Archerfield. ("Australian Sightings Register" in "Ufologist" Vol 1 No 3 Jul/Sep 1997 published by the UFO Investigation Centre Queensland.)
1 Jun 1997 Perth WA 1945hrs NL
A man (Shaun), near Trigg Beach, was looking north towards Hillarys when a bright orange light crossed the sky from SSW to NNE. It could have been a satellite except it was under the cloud cover. (Brian Richards/UFORUM from "Journal of Alternative Realities" Vol 5 Issue 1 1997.)
2 Jun 1997 Perth WA 1836hrs NL
A woman in Boya, near Darlington, using binoculars, watched a single orange light, surrounded by a blue haze, travel from SSW to N. It executed a horseshoe loop speeded up and disappeared. A second light appeared from the SSW moving slowly towards the East, then speeded up and faded out at 6.48pm. A third light at 6.53pm came from the East towards the SSW doing a similar wide arc or looping sideways. (Brian Richards/UFORUM from "Journal of Alternative Realities" Vol 5 Issue 1 1997.)
2 Jun 1997 Mooloolaba QLD NL
5 people saw a helicopter over the ocean. One hour later they saw a bright orange light appear from Maroochydore area and move above the water then disappear. ("Australian Sightings Register" in "Ufologist" Vol 1 No 3 Jul/Sep 1997 published by the UFO Investigation Centre Queensland citing ABC Radio 612 4KQ.)
6 Jun 1997 Coopers Plains (Brisbane) QLD 1845hrs NL
A Coopers Plains resident was on her way home with her son and a friend. When entering her street they encounter 3 very large bright orange/red lights/ufos hovering over her house. They were in a pyramidal formation. She stopped her car. The UFOs moved South/South-West, then headed North/North-West and then disappeared. There was no sound. ("Australian Sightings Register" in "Ufologist" Vol 1 No 3 Jul/Sep 1997 published by the UFO Investigation Centre Queensland.)
9 Jun 1997 Algester (Brisbane) QLD 1830hrs NL
A couple in Algester were in their backyard. The male witness looked up to the sky and observed a "weird looking" light, and it was heading towards them. When it moved closer, he describes it as being orange in colour, perfectly circular, the size of a basketball and no sound. He asked his partner to grab the camera. The UFO moved towards the neighbour's house (2 houses away), near some large trees and stayed at tree level. The UFO then moved off towards Mt Gravatt area at a slow pace. The witness was able to take 3 photographs. The photos are presently being examined. ("Australian Sightings Register" in "Ufologist" Vol 1 No 3 Jul/Sep 1997 published by the UFO Investigation Centre Queensland.)
9 Jun 1997 Stradbroke Island (Brisbane) QLD 1845hrs NL
Witness observed 1 orange/red light/ufo. He was looking in the direction of Point Lookout. It was heading North towards Recliff area. It looked like a sheet of paper burning, and there was no noise. As it moved North it was gliding and then began to climb higher in the sky. ("Australian Sightings Register" in "Ufologist" Vol 1 No 3 Jul/Sep 1997 published by the UFO Investigation Centre Queensland.)
9 Jun 1997 Redbank Plains (Brisbane) QLD 2145hrs
A resident observed 3 orange/red lights/ufos flying in formation, high in the sky, travelling from Brisbane City area towards Redbank plains. ("Australian Sightings Register" in "Ufologist" Vol 1 No 3 Jul/Sep 1997 published by the UFO Investigation Centre Queensland.)
12 Jul 1997 Chatsworth QLD 1745hrs 1.5mins NLvA man saw a light, slightly smaller than Venus, in the southern sky. Suddenly, another three objects appeared of equal size, and flew, one behind the other, in formation, equally spaced. Their trajectory was straight and low on the horizon, and at an angle of about 10-15 degrees. They flew from South to North-West. (UFOHSAR)
16 Jul 1997 Yandina Qld Early eve Mins NL
A man saw five teardrop shaped objects flying one behind the other, evenly spaced These objects were disc shaped, but the tail gave them the appearance of being teardrop in shape. They made no noise and moved across the sky at a steady pace. Watched for several minutes before they disappeared out of sight. The colour was white. Witness states they were not meteors or bits of space debris. (UFOHSAR)
19 Jul 1997 Shepparton Vic 0010hrs 5mins NL
A man telephoned to report sighting 5 orange lights flying in a straight formation, evenly spaced. The five orange balls of light were quite small, and very low in the sky. Noiseless. They were below clouds. These five objects then formed into a bent square. (UFOHSAR)
28 Jul 1997 Ceduna SA CE4?
An elderly male water diviner "Alan" set up a "psychic" style alphabet ouija board. Via this he was told to go to a particular location in the bush near Ceduna, which he did. At this location he was told that an alien would meet him and take him up in his flying saucer. He travelled to the location, but the alien told him he was "too good a man" and decided not to take him. Alan believed that the alien's intentions were "not good." (UFORSA)
30 Jul 1997 Salisbury (Adelaide) SA 2000hrs 5 mins NL/IFOvA man was sitting outside on a calm, clear night when he saw an orange light approaching. It seemed to zigzag across the sky. Its brightness varied. Colour was a "flame" orange/red. Travelled soundlessly East to West Witness believed it was a hot air balloon. (UFORSA)
2 Aug 1997 Coffs Harbour NSW 2015hrs NL
A 'white light' seen at high altitude, twice the size and speed of a satellite. Seen to move erratically. From S to N, then suddenly turned ENE, then to the NNE where it was lost to view. (Barry Taylor)
6 & 7 Aug 1997 14km S of Grafton NSW 0300hrs 15mins NL
6 Aug. A report from a property owner. Mrs J was woken by the frantic constant barking of the work dogs. She lay awake for around 15 minutes listening to the dogs barking. She became concerned that there might be something wrong with the dogs so she went outside to check. Her husband remained asleep so she did not wake him. When she went outside the dogs stopped barking. Mrs J looked up at the starry sky and noticed a moon sized red "light" slowly moving away towards the West.
7 Aug. Again in the early hours of the morning the dogs began to bark. This time Mr J awoke and went outside to check. Again in the West was a very large red 'light" slowly moving away to the West.
6 Jul Mr J related a story to Barry of when one morning at 3 am his wife woke him saying that she was just "bathed" in a very bright, white light, that filled the whole bedroom. Mrs J felt uneasy about the incident when her husband jokingly said to her that "...maybe the Aliens were there." (Barry Taylor)
7 Aug 1997 Lismore NSW
Witnesses from the area reported what they described as "...what looked like a Flying Saucer, with flaming objects falling from underneath it." The official report stated that it was the Mir space station discharging waste products. Report from ABC Radio. No further details at the moment. (Barry Taylor)
17 Aug 1997 Grafton area NSW 1940hrs NLvChris and his girlfriend observed two unusual "Golden lights" for 15 minutes. Estimated to be 15km from their location, and towards the Dorrigo mountains. The first object was above "Red Hill" about 150m altitude. A round golden orb, the size of a tennis ball held at arms length. Fading out, then brightening up again and remaining stationary. After five minutes, a second golden object slowly moved into view. Larger than the first, half the size of the Moon. It seemed to be diamond or triangular in shape being pointier at the top. The first object seemed to respond to the second object as it came closer to it, by changing to bright red in colour and faded out, and not seen again. The second object appeared to be at tree top height and moving very slowly. It would stop, move upward, then sideways and continue until it was lost to view behind a hill towards Boambee Valley. (Barry Taylor)
A special report from Glennys Mackay of QUFON:
"Over the past four months several farmers in the North-Western districts have reported sightings. Five men on their way to work at a mining site spotted a round disk shaped object on the left of their vehicle, approximately 400m away. It was dusk and in a fairly isolated area approximately 40 minutes drive from Bileola. Andy, who reported the sighting, commented that the behaviour of the other four men was rather amusing. One gentlemen, who he described would sooner have a fight than a meal, put his hand over his eyes. The one next to him, being a religious man commented: "I did not see a thing." A third commented "...just keep going and don't slacken your foot off the accelerator." The fourth one wanted to go back and check them out further.
On another occasion, when travelling in the same area, Andy reported that there were three people with him at the time, when a very tall person in a silver suit, stepped out on the side of the road. This was about 8.45 p.m. while travelling to work, as they were on the night shift.
Approximately three years ago, Andy who works on the drag line at the open cut mine told me of an incident at approximately 4.45 a.m.-of being aware of someone watching him as he worked. Assuming that it was his boss checking up on them-he turned the bucket from right to left at a very fast speed thinking he would fix the boss for spying on them. When he did, only to discover it was not the boss, but two average sized people dressed in silver body suits. They turned away and about 5 minutes a UFO took off at great speed and disappeared. At the time, there were four men at the site who witnessed this.
On a station about three hours drive from Bileola, the owners have had many disturbances with regard to their cattle. Maurice put 19 young yearlings in a holding paddock till morning for the truck to pick up. Only to come back in the early morning to find they had been mutilated at various stages. As a result quite a number had to be destroyed while others were dead. He concluded that it would have to have been a very large cat to have done the damage that was done.
In this same area farmers have also told me of a strange dog that has been captured in the headlights of their vehicles, while others have spoken of leaving food out for this animal which had stripes on its rump and a body similar to a greyhound with a very large head. Some framers are convinced that it is a Tasmanian Tiger.
I am at present investigating a station up in the Gulf of Carpentaria where lots of sightings have taken place, landings and to top it off, more recently, the Kiwi stockman arrived at the homestead to tell the owner that he has left the lights on at the stock yards. On advising the stockman that there were no lights up there, he preceded to invite the owner to take a look. There by the stock yards is a windmill about 75 feet high-a long object, a little higher than the windmill with a huge spotlight on the top and several coloured lights flickering around the bottom area. When the owner shone the torch on this round disk, it immediately disappeared and re-appeared several yards away. And so over the next hour, they played games with the torch. Everytime they shone it at the round disk, the object would disappear and re-appear some hundred yards away.
On this same station, round circles have been found and the stock will not go near them.
The Aborigines, late October 1996 advised the owner that the "Little people were back." They up and left, never to be seen again (the Aborigines.)
On this same station they recently discovered large crevices have appeared about 18 inches across for many miles-like either an earthquake or some underground activity.
On mustering in November 1996, 8 head of cattle got away from the herd. The Jillaroo and Aboriginal stockman were sent to fetch them in. A cloud seemed to come down and block off the view of the people. Next they were entirely hidden by this mist. Within minutes, the two came bounding out of the cloud and looking pretty grim and frightened. The cloud lifted and, no cattle. All these happenings had multiple witnesses. They seem to be having constant sightings."
Sources for this issue
Barry Taylor, PO Box 1157, Grafton, NSW 2460
QUFON, PO Box 2183, Mansfield, Brisbane, Qld 4122
UFOIC Queensland, PO Box 805, Springwood, Qld 4127
UFOHSAR Lot 12/149 Traveston Road MS 624, Gympie, Qld 4570
UFOR(SA)-PO Box 281, Blair Athol SA 5084.
UFORUM, PO Box 626, Applecross, WA 6153
Australian UFO Research Network Hotline number