The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA)
Date: 20 February, 1880

 

A strange story comes to us from Yorke's Peninsula. Our Minlaton correspondent, writing on February 17, says : "A singular-looking object was seen yesterday, at 6.40 p.m., by Mr. M. O'Dea, a well-known resident here. He says that, as he was driving from Stansbury, and when about 1½ mile from Minlaton, the horses gave a sudden start, and on looking up he saw a strange-looking object on the road about 2½- chains in front of him.

 

In appearance in was formed like a man, stood from 7 to 7½ feet in height, and was covered with feathers of a very light colour. It went along the centre of the road for about 200 yards at a great pace, taking enormous strides.

 

Mr. O'Dea put his horses into a gallop, but it still increased its distance until coming to a bush fence, when it put out one of its arms, which was like that of a human being only very much larger, and made a loud noise, which he could only describe as being between the bellowing of a cow and the peculiar noise made by an emu when calling its young.

 

It easily cleared the fence, and was soon lost to view in the thick scrub. When it turned off the road the outline of its face was to all appearance like that of a monkey's."