1894 - Queanbeyan Observer Article
The Queanbeyan Observer, 30 November 1894, p2, and The Cooma Express, 30 November 1894, p.3.
The Bradiwood Dispatch says that on the 3rd of October last young Johnnie McWilliams was riding from his home at Snowball to the Jimden P.O. When about halfway the boy was startled by the extraordinary sight of a wild man or gorilla.
The boy states that a wild man suddenly appeared from behind the tree, about thirty yards from the road, stood looking at hime for a few seconds and then turned and ran for the wooded hills and mile or so from the road. The animal ran on for two hundred yards across open country before disappearing over a low hill so that the boy had ample time to observe the beast.
The boy states that he appeared to be over six feet in height and heavily buit. He describes it "as a big man covered with long hair". It did not run very fast and tore up the dust with its nails and in jumping a log it struck its foot against a limb, when it bellowed like a bullock.
When running it kept looking back at the boy, till it disappeared. It was three o'clock in the afternoon and the boy describes everything he saw minutely.
The boy is a truthful and manly young fellow, well acquainted with all the known animals in the New South Wales bush and persists that he could not have been mistaken.
For many years there have been tales of trappers coming across enormous tracks of some unknown animals in the mountain wilds around Snowball.
Of coarse, these tales were received with doubt, and put down as clever romancing on the part of the possum hunter, but the story of Johnnie McWilliams is believed by all who know the boy as a true tale.
The proof of the existance of such an animal in New South Wales should be of some interest to the naturalist.
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