1880 - Gippsland Times, 7ft Yowie
Gippsland Times, Victoria
Date: May 5, 1880
Additional particulars have been received of the existence of a strange animal at large on Yorke's Peninsula. The report, received a few months ago, represented the animal as being like a large hairy man.
The latest account is as to the frightening of settlers' horses during the night. Tracks as of an enormous kangaroo were discovered in the morning, jumping 4 feet 6 inches.
The aboriginals speak of a big one fellow like man along the scrub. The first report was discredited, but the latest furnishes reason for thinking that some unknown animal is in the scrub.
The settlers are talking of organizing a party to search the scrub. The matter has caused much excitement on the Peninsula.