In Search of Australia's Bigfoot
by Tony Healy & Paul Cropper
7 x 11 Trade Paperback, 336 Pages, 120 Illustrations
$19.95, ISBN: 1933665165
During the early colonial era, Australia’s Aborigines often warned British settlers to beware of huge, ape-like creatures that lurked in the rugged mountains and deep forests of the island continent. Their people, they said, had been encountering the hairy horrors since time immemorial. They knew them by many names, including doolagarl, thoolagarl, jurrawarra, and tjangara.
Soon the colonists, too, began to experience hair-raising encounters with the hulking, foul-smelling creatures, which they referred to as “Australian apes,” “yahoos” or “youries.” Today, they are generally referred to as yowies. The list of modern-day eyewitnesses includes zoologists, rangers, surveyors and members of the elite Special Air Service Regiment.
This book chronicles the yowie saga from the pre-colonial era to the present day. It contains over 300 carefully documented eyewitness reports and a vast amount of other data, much of which suggests that the damnably elusive creatures really do exist. The authors also critically examine the many theories that have been put forward to explain – or explain away – Australia’s most baffling zoological mystery.
About the Author:
PAUL CROPPER became fascinated by the yowie mystery in 1976, when he uncovered several long- forgotten eyewitness reports in colonial-era news- papers. Although then only 14 years old, he began visiting the Blue Mountains, to the west of his home in Sydney, searching for proof of the creatures’ existence.
Canberra-based TONY HEALY, who had already become intrigued by the bigfoot/sasquatch phenomenon while working in Canada in 1969, also became involved in yowie research in the mid-1970s.
Since 1981 they have collaborated on many projects, notably in co-authoring Out of the Shadows: Mystery Animals of Australia, which contained a lengthy chapter about the elusive yowie. Over the past 30 years they have searched for lake monsters, hairy giants, out-of-place big cats and other semi-legendary animals in Fiji, North America, the Bahamas, Iceland, Ireland, Great Britain, Nepal, Malaysia and in every state and territory of Australia.
Watch a video interview with the authors.
The most comprehensive, authoritative work on Australia's most baffling zoological mystery. Includes 120 illustrations, an index, and a complete catalog of cases from 1789 to 2006.
Foreword by Loren Coleman
For the latest information about the Yowie, visit the authors' website:
The Yowie File.
Foreword by Loren Coleman
Introduction: Gorillas in Our Midst
1. Aborigines and the Yowie
2. The Colonial Era 1788 - 1901
3. The Early Modern Era 1901 – 1975
4. The Modern Era 1975 – Present
5. Littlefoot - The Junjudee
6. Summarising the Evidence
7. Who or What is the Yowie?
Appendix A: A Catalogue of Cases
Appendix B: Yowie-related Place Names