1871 - The Empire NSW
From the Empire (Sydney) July 20, 1871.
"ANOTHER GORILLA.-It is said by persons frequenting the neighborhood of Belgrave, that a gorilla has made its appearance in that vicinity. A short time ago a camp of blacks were so scared by the appearance of the alleged monster, that they left their camp, and hastened with all possible speed to Warneton, and refused to return.
When asked for a description of the animal they saw, they said, "That fellow run on four legs, and stand up and run on two legs; him got plenty hair all over."
Two young men are also said to have been riding along through the bush between Belgrave and Warneton, when the supposed gorilla rushed through the bush near them, and so frightened the horse (a very quiet one) which one of the young men were riding that it was with great difficulty that he could keep his seat, and prevent the horse from bolting."
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