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UFO’s over Port Augusta

UFO’s over Port Augusta

Railway yards at Port Augusta, South Australia 1914 SLSA:[PRG 280/1/14/43]

Railway workers in Port Augusta witnessed five objects, described as “white or light pink, and shaped like an egg” fly in formation at great speed, through the sky on Wednesday the 6th of February 1947.

Ron Ellis, an ex RAAF employee was working in the train yards when he spotted the strange sight flying through the sky. Owing to his previous work in the air force, he was able to rule out aircraft of the day as being the culprits. His estimation of the size of the object was that each would have been the size of a locomotive!
Ellis also stated that the objects cast shadows, so could not have been an optical illusion.

Ellis was not the only witness, with other railways workers coming forward with their own sightings of the phenomenon. It was speculated that the objects were at of height of about 6000 feet, they moved erratically, and seemed to ‘pulse’. The objects moved extremely quickly through the sky, being out of sight in just a few seconds.

Further weight was added to the men’s story when Government Astronomer, Mr G.F. Dodwell, stated that the witnessed phenomena did not fit with any known astronomical events, and was most likely not a meteor. A meteorite, according to Dodwell, would have travelled at great speed, would not cast a shadow, being as they are very small, and would also create a deafening roar. Witnesses of the phenomena did not report any sounds associated with the objects.

The Port Augusta UFO incident predates the July 1947 UFO incident at Roswell, New Mexico that would eventually lead to the American pop-culture phenomenon that captured the attention of the world.

Researched and written by Allen Tiller © 2018

References:

1947 ‘C.R. Workmen See Phenomenon’, Transcontinental (Port Augusta, SA: 1914 – 1954), 7 February, p. 1. , viewed 28 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article168306418
1947 ‘Objects in Sky Not Meteorites’, Quorn Mercury (SA: 1895 – 1954), 13 February, p. 3. , viewed 28 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article213698389
1947 ‘Objects in Sky Not Meteorites’, Transcontinental (Port Augusta, SA: 1914 – 1954), 14 February, p. 1. , viewed 28 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article168306511
1947 ‘Objects In Sky Not. Meteorites’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1931 – 1954), 8 February, p. 1. , viewed 28 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article30511359
1947 ‘SEEING THINGS’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1931 – 1954), 10 July, p. 2. , viewed 28 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35986623
1947 ‘Strange Objects In Sky’, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA: 1895 – 1954), 13 February, p. 6. , viewed 28 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article93346874
1947 ‘Strange Objects Reported In Sky’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1931 – 1954), 7 February, p. 1. , viewed 28 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article30511159

SLSA: Railway yards at Port Augusta, South Australia [PRG 280/1/14/43] • Photograph retrieved from https://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/PRG+280/1/14/43

The Haunts of Adelaide Turns 3

THOA turns 3 on Oct 22

A very big thank you to each and every one of you who has read, shared or commented on a Haunts of Adelaide topic over the past three years.
 This week on Thursday the 22nd, the blog hits three years of weekly articles – that’s 156 articles about the ghosts, hauntings, UFO sightings, Bushrangers, Crimes, people, politicians and paranormal investigations of Adelaide, and South Australia.
In that time we have seen the blog (very early on I might ad) get added to the National Library of Australia’s PANDORA archives, which aims to protect writings the Government of Australia deems important to the history of our nation.
 It has also seen the birth of its first book ” The Haunts of Adelaide – History, Mystery and the Paranormal” by Allen Tiller (me ) – which is a collection of 30 stories some previously published on the blog (but with more details added) and some exclusive to the book itself.
Currently as I write this, I am working on the follow up book ” The Haunts of Kapunda”…and after that, maybe a follow for Adelaide, or Port Adelaide, or the Copper Coast..maybe the Riverland? Who knows, there are endless possibilities for locations and ghost stories to be discovered, researched and written ab out in our great state!
Again, thank you for your support
Allen Tiller

The Haunts of Adelaide Turns 3

THOA turns 3 on Oct 22

A very big thank you to each and every one of you who has read, shared or commented on a Haunts of Adelaide topic over the past three years.
 This week on Thursday the 22nd, the blog hits three years of weekly articles – that’s 156 articles about the ghosts, hauntings, UFO sightings, Bushrangers, Crimes, people, politicians and paranormal investigations of Adelaide, and South Australia.
In that time we have seen the blog (very early on I might ad) get added to the National Library of Australia’s PANDORA archives, which aims to protect writings the Government of Australia deems important to the history of our nation.
 It has also seen the birth of its first book ” The Haunts of Adelaide – History, Mystery and the Paranormal” by Allen Tiller (me ) – which is a collection of 30 stories some previously published on the blog (but with more details added) and some exclusive to the book itself.
Currently as I write this, I am working on the follow up book ” The Haunts of Kapunda”…and after that, maybe a follow for Adelaide, or Port Adelaide, or the Copper Coast..maybe the Riverland? Who knows, there are endless possibilities for locations and ghost stories to be discovered, researched and written ab out in our great state!
Again, thank you for your support
Allen Tiller

Nullarbor UFO Sighting 1988

Nullarbor UFO Sighting 1988

January 1988, the Knowles family, Mother Faye, Patrick, 24, Sean, 21, and Wayne, 18, were travelling from Melbourne Victoria, across South Australia, heading for a new life in Perth Western Australia.
 The family of four were traveling in their Ford Telstar across the Nullarbor Plains, when, approximately 40kms east of the Western Australian border, near Mundrabilla they had an encounter with an unidentified flying object.
 The family claim at around 5am, as they were driving along the flat, straight stretch of road, they swerved to avoid a large glowing object on the road.. The object appeared to the Knowles family to resemble an “egg in an eggcup” about a metre wide, and glowing brightly.
 The family stopped and went back to look at the strange object, but got scared and ran back to their car and started to drive off.
 As they did so the object suddenly took off and started following them, Sean, who was driving, put his foot down, and claimed to have reached speeds of 200 KM/H. The object, which resonated with a low hum not unlike an electrical transformer, suddenly came down hard on the roof of the car and lifted it off the road.
 At this point, Mrs Knowles put her hand out the window and touched the weird object, describing it as being hot, and feeling like a “rubber suction cup” – with the window now open, smoke began to fill the car, which the family described as smelling like dead bodies…
The family reported, that whilst in the air, it seemed like everything was in slow motion and their voices became distorted.
 
 The car suddenly dropped to the ground, bursting a tire, making it impossible to continue driving, so the family escaped in the bushes nearby and waited for the object to leave, which it eventually did. They changed the burst tire, then drove to Mundrabilla Roadhouse and told their story, of which a truck driver, Graham Henley, reported that he had seen a bright light in the vicinity in his rear view mirror,

 The Ceduna Police were called to inspect the car and take statements from the Knowles family. Sergeant Fred Longley said the family were in a state of shock and distress when he encountered them.
“They were in a terrible state — even though it was five hours after the incident. Something happened out there. Their car, even after being driven all that way, still had black ash — or dust — over it. Even on the inside. Where did that come from? There’s no soil like that out there, only sand.”

Another police officer Sergeant Jim Furnell described the dents in the roof of the car “as if something had landed on top “

So what did happen to the Knowles family that fateful day in 1988?


Plenty of theories have been put forward, but only the family themselves will ever really know.

Nullarbor UFO Sighting 1988

Nullarbor UFO Sighting 1988


January 1988, the Knowles family, Mother Faye, Patrick, 24, Sean, 21, and Wayne, 18, were travelling from Melbourne Victoria, across South Australia, heading for a new life in Perth Western Australia.
 The family of four were traveling in their Ford Telstar across the Nullarbor Plains, when, approximately 40kms east of the Western Australian border, near Mundrabilla they had an encounter with an unidentified flying object.
 The family claim at around 5am, as they were driving along the flat, straight stretch of road, they swerved to avoid a large glowing object on the road.. The object appeared to the Knowles family to resemble an “egg in an eggcup” about a metre wide, and glowing brightly.
 The family stopped and went back to look at the strange object, but got scared and ran back to their car and started to drive off.
 As they did so the object suddenly took off and started following them, Sean, who was driving, put his foot down, and claimed to have reached speeds of 200 KM/H. The object, which resonated with a low hum not unlike an electrical transformer, suddenly came down hard on the roof of the car and lifted it off the road.
 At this point, Mrs Knowles put her hand out the window and touched the weird object, describing it as being hot, and feeling like a “rubber suction cup” – with the window now open, smoke began to fill the car, which the family described as smelling like dead bodies…
The family reported, that whilst in the air, it seemed like everything was in slow motion and their voices became distorted.
 
 The car suddenly dropped to the ground, bursting a tire, making it impossible to continue driving, so the family escaped in the bushes nearby and waited for the object to leave, which it eventually did. They changed the burst tire, then drove to Mundrabilla Roadhouse and told their story, of which a truck driver, Graham Henley, reported that he had seen a bright light in the vicinity in his rear view mirror,

 The Ceduna Police were called to inspect the car and take statements from the Knowles family. Sergeant Fred Longley said the family were in a state of shock and distress when he encountered them.
“They were in a terrible state — even though it was five hours after the incident. Something happened out there. Their car, even after being driven all that way, still had black ash — or dust — over it. Even on the inside. Where did that come from? There’s no soil like that out there, only sand.”

Another police officer Sergeant Jim Furnell described the dents in the roof of the car “as if something had landed on top “

So what did happen to the Knowles family that fateful day in 1988?


Plenty of theories have been put forward, but only the family themselves will ever really know.

UFO’s over Woomera 1952

UFO’s over Woomera 1952

 Woomera located in the remote outback of South Australia has for many decades been a military testing ground. Some UFO researchers believe, due to the military facilities based there, that UFO activity is higher in the area as aliens could be monitoring the activity of tests, especially so because Woomera was once used to test atomic weapons, whatever the case may be, the military itself was keeping record of unusual sightings in the area.
 In 1952 from April to October there were numerous sightings and unexplained incidents by workers in the area.
 In April 1952 3 men noticed an unidentified light moving north west parallel to the ground at 45 degrees SE – it’s emitted a light source bright enough to light up clouds around it and the land underneath it
Later the same year in September,  five people witnessed a cigar shaped “airship” with a rear exhaust The craft was moving silently through the air, and seemed to have internal lighting, as was viewed through side portholes – A possible military test ship perhaps?
 In October of the same year an object was tracked by radar, but no visual sighting of the object could be made.
 The object came within one mile of the radar tower and it was noted by the operator  that during the tracking of the object, smaller objects appeared to detach from the larger object and drift away
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Resources:
Ufologist: Beyond Information Lies the Truth – Magazine Vol 13 Issue 6

National Archives of Australia

UFO’s over Woomera 1952

UFO’s over Woomera 1952



Woomera located in the remote outback of South Australia has for many decades been a military testing ground. Some UFO researchers believe, due to the military facilities based there, that UFO activity is higher in the area as aliens could be monitoring the activity of tests, especially so because Woomera was once used to test atomic weapons, whatever the case may be, the military itself was keeping a record of unusual sightings in the area.


In 1952 from April to October there were numerous sightings and unexplained incidents by workers in the area.


In April 1952 3 men noticed an unidentified light moving north-west parallel to the ground at 45 degrees SE – it’s emitted a light source bright enough to light up clouds around it and the land underneath it

Later the same year in September, five people witnessed a cigar-shaped “airship” with a rear exhaust The craft was moving silently through the air and seemed to have internal lighting, as was viewed through side portholes – A possible military test ship perhaps?

In October of the same year, an object was tracked by radar, but no visual sighting of the object could be made.


The object came within one mile of the radar tower and it was noted by the operator that during the tracking of the object, smaller objects appeared to detach from the larger object and drift away…

Resources:

Ufologist: Beyond Information Lies the Truth – Magazine Vol 13 Issue 6

National Archives of Australia

The Australian Flying Saucer Club

The Australian Flying Saucer Club
A week before the first atomic bomb test explosion on Australian soil in 1953 Frederick Stone had an experience with that UFO’s he witnessed flying over Adelaide, South Australia.
 Mr Stone witnessed what he described as 5 cigar-shaped objects that were not human in origin. He could clearly see humanoid “figures” inside each craft as they flew past.
 This led Mr Stone to found South Australia’s very first UFO interest and investigation group “The Australian Flying Saucer Club”.
In an effort to build friendships interstate, Mr Stone affiliated with a Sydney based group known as the “Australian Saucer Bureau”, founded by Edgar Jarrold
 Mr Stone became the South Australian Branch President, leaving his own club to fold, however, Mr Jarrold, based in New South Wales not very forth coming with information, so Mr Stone decided to move on from the club and form another new one, “The Australian Flying Saucer Research Society”

In next weeks blog we will take a look at this research society that has been going for more 50 years in South Australia!

The Australian Flying Saucer Club

The Australian Flying Saucer Club
A week before the first atomic bomb test explosion on Australian soil in 1953 Frederick Stone had an experience with that UFO’s he witnessed flying over Adelaide, South Australia.
 Mr Stone witnessed what he described as 5 cigar-shaped objects that were not human in origin. He could clearly see humanoid “figures” inside each craft as they flew past.
 This led Mr Stone to found South Australia’s very first UFO interest and investigation group “The Australian Flying Saucer Club”.
In an effort to build friendships interstate, Mr Stone affiliated with a Sydney based group known as the “Australian Saucer Bureau”, founded by Edgar Jarrold
 Mr Stone became the South Australian Branch President, leaving his own club to fold, however, Mr Jarrold, based in New South Wales not very forth coming with information, so Mr Stone decided to move on from the club and form another new one, “The Australian Flying Saucer Research Society”

In next weeks blog we will take a look at this research society that has been going for more 50 years in South Australia!

Gawler -“Flying Saucer”

Gawler -“Flying Saucer”

In 1954 Gawler experienced its first publicly reported “Flying Saucer” report. On Wednesday the 20thof January 1954 Mrs J Tait was at her home south of the Gawler Racecourse. At about 11:20am she witnessed and Unidentified Flying Object flying at incredible height and speed over the foothills to the South East.
Mrs Tait was not alone, her daughter, Rotha and Rotha’s school friends, Shirley Struck were also present. The incredible noise the object was making had made them come outside to see what all the fuss was about.
The object, which at first resembled a feather, soon too on the shape of a saucer. It sped through the air at “great height and speed” and was “pure white”. It remained in the air for a very brief amount of time before it shot off at incredible speed in a south westerly direction.
15 minutes later a jet plane flew across the sky heading in the same direction as the UFO.
The RAAF was contacted and they stated they had indeed sent a jet aircraft off at the time stated. The Jet was doing around 600MPH at 10, 000 feet.
Another witness, Mrs W.C. Harrington of Gawler South also the flying object.

When presented with the RAAF’s opinion of it being a jet, Mrs Tait Stated that she is perfectly sure that the first object did not resemble and aircraft in the slightest. The first object was round and second object was easily identifiable as a jet air-plane