Yarram Big Cat report

Gippsland "Big Cat" filmed

Anyway..at least he filmed the animal. It looks like a big moggie though..

Source  9 News Gippsland

 A Yinnar resident has captured on camera, what he believes is one of Gippsland's mysterious big black cats.

WA Big Cats

My second big cat sighting was in  Kemerton a few years later. We were coming  back from Australind from crabbing  driving along Kemerton road heading  towards the South West HWY. It was  summer so it was still daylight at 6pm.
 We were driving through dairy country  so we had open paddocks either side of  us. I remember coming around a corner  and seeing what I thought was a Black  Labrador walking along the top of an  irrigation channel. In my car was my  sister and my girlfriend (in front  seat) I said her thats an odd place to  see a dog. My girlfriend who was a vet assistant and animal lover went pale  and said thats no dog. I immediately  pulled up and we watched this thing  (not bothered by us) walk "slink" cat  like. All 3 of us said do you see this  too? Next second my mate (who worked  for the APB) came to a screeching holt  behind us, jump out of his car loading  his gun but this noise had startled  the big black cat and it ran of out of  view across the paddock. All of us  agreed that what we had seen was a very  large black "panther"? cat. My  girlfriend shaking kept saying over and  over "dogs do not run like that"

Dodgy photo

Note the caption under the photo..
So...its either a game camera..hanging over a river..nope..
Someone standing close to the river..with a night vision camera..luckily a large animal came past and did not detect them..source

Victorian Bigcats Research Group

Victorian Bigcats Research Group
Myself and co founder Sarah Alsop created the group out of our mutual interest in the Bigcat phenomenon.
We have both had sightings in the Otway ranges and actively conduct our research in the Otways and other parts of Victoria.
We will be expanding our research in the coming months and would like to hear about your sightings or any other experiences relating to the subject you may have had throughout Australia.
You can keep up to date with our research by joining our group "Victorian Bigcats Research Group or via our YouTube channel " Victorian Bigcats Research Group .
Kevin Braunton

Mystery Cats Near York

Hey mate, back when I was an apprentice so probably 1999 ,my father and I had permission to shoot roos rabbits etc on a property out near York. I was on the back of our ute spotlighting with my boss at the time was shooting next to me this one night. Driving down the boundary fence of this sheep property I saw bright green eyes flash at me around 400m ahead. Beauty we thought. Feral cat. It was a little too far away for a shot. So I told my father to drive closer to get a shot at it. As he drove forward i saw a black object rise out of the knee high grass and bolt straight towards the fence and over it in front of us at a range of approx 200m . Its back stayed straight when it ran like a cat with a Sleek stealthy running style. This"things" back protruded out of the long dry grass prob around a foot. So total height estimated at 2 .5 - 3 foot tall at the back. I had shot and hunted plenty of pigs by that stage and still do hunt them but that experience is one I could never fully explain.I regret not stopping to look at the prints that night. My wife mistook a boar for a cougar the first time I took her pigging and she wouldnt believe it was a pig until I showed her the pig prints. I honestly believe boars are the culprit for most cougar sightings.

Western Australian Big Cats

In approx 1978, my wife and I were travelling on a track between fishing spots on ######## Station in the Pilbara, the area nearby is known as the eighty mile beach. We had just went through a gate when a very large black cat stepped out of the bush some 35/40mtrs in front of us and stood looking at us, we stopped. I have said that the height would have been at least as large as our leggy dog but a fair bit longer in body with a tail in proportion. It was a beautiful looking jet black cat, obviously in very good nick and glossy, as mentioned to paper- no rosettes or any other colours present. The cat had a supple looking body and it’s head did not seem small as in some puma pics- but not oversize either .It was not panicky but watchful, the time of the day was perhaps strange, being around midday, after prob some 20/30 seconds it walked away into the scrub. I had a shotgun behind the seat of the utility and we discussed trying to have a shot at it, but it was too far to shoot with any certainty. As a note, I am and was an experienced shooter and shot many feral cats and foxes along this area, some of the cats were large in comparison to domestic animals, mostly all tabbies with a little ginger, very seldom any other colour.
The other comment regarding cats is listening to sounds at night whilst spotlighting foxes along the De Grey River roughly within one or two years of the sighting. I and friend hat just taken an old roo for meat (approx. 2am) in sandy hummocky spinifex flats adjacent to the river and were cutting and bagging the meat, when a very strange call got up- firstly a low coughing noise that went into loud grunts followed by a growl, then the growl became high pitched and ended up with a scream, then stopped and repeated as explained. Shining the light around did not reveal any animal, the racket did put the wind up us and the dog who was used to hunting was frightened. We did drive the area with light, but came up with nada. Later in time I did read a book that outlined a puma call that closely resembled the cries we heard. As mentioned to paper, I have heard all the noises that animals and birds make at night and nothing was remotely like this.

Two legged Cats

 Thanks Richard Muirhead  !

The Spokane press., March 18, 1909, Page 4, Image 4.

York.Wa Big Cats

My wife and I were out last night (13/11/2016) near York, Western Australia
taking photos of the supermoon and milky way (we went far out away from
light pollution). We were pulled off to the side of the road next to a field
with some bush on the other side. After taking photos for about 45 minutes
we heard some rustling in the grass in front of us then all of a sudden..
RRRAAOOOWW a strange cat like noise came from the field. My wife said "what
the hell was that" and jumped in the car, I said "It's okay it was probably
just a sheep." then I shone my floodlight into the field and was greeted
with shiney yellow/green eyes reflecting back at me from a large black
figure that seemed to be stalking us, it was no further than 50m away from
us then it just ran away after I shone the light at it. I could tell it
wasn't some house cat, it was definitely a big black cat as it's tail was
very long and it was a very big cat like creature.

Alien Big Cat public research at National Archives of Australia

Dear Rebecca and Mike

Alien Big Cat public research at National Archives of Australia – potential traces of WWII USA military ‘mascot releases’

Your book, ‘Australian big cats’, inspired me to dig deeper into this story of escaped US military mascots while stationed in Australia during World War II.  I thought there would be some trace of something within the Archives, but had little idea how unknown and tricky it was to find.  Simply put, most of the files I found had never been seen by any member of the public until I cracked them open as a public researcher.  These took time to find, and get opened, and then sift through the files.  What a blast that was!  Needless to say, I have little doubt there is more to be found! Alas I ran out of steam and time to go through the lot or indeed analyse it in any meaningful way.
I hope you find this raw documentary material useful.  I know I don’t have time to do more with this, at least for the next few years anyhow!

Here are the ‘fruits’ of my research since October 2010 (to February 2014) on this subject within Commonwealth Government records held at the National Archives of Australia.  After a flurry of activity in 2011, I’ve recently copied (digital camera photos – zero cost to me, except for time) the two main files that I found. These cover correspondence between the Australian Health and Quarantine authorities and the military forces, including US forces in Australia during World War II about their mascots brought onto Australian soil via unregulated, and unstoppable, troopships carrying US military personnel.  Strangely enough the files seem to indicate the Australian authorities had has much if not more difficulty with Australian personnel bringing exotic animals into Australia by air transport via New Guinea at the time.

Exciting stuff for historical ABC research!  Does it contain any ‘smoking guns’?  I can’t see one, but I think the records would need a very careful read – with corroboration ‘outside the records’ via other sources to fill in the inevitable gaps - to be certain about that.

So, what’s here?
    •    Complete copies of two files (V3/5/6 parts 1 & 2) that cover ‘the main deliberations’
    •    Extract copies from three more files
    •    Patchy handwritten notes from 17 files
    •    A list of 57 files which I compiled while doing this research
    •    Supporting descriptions from Archives’ RecordSearch database
    •    Useful background information about using records held at National Archives


Start with the file list
    •    Lists 57 files that I have seen (or attempted to see at the time), seemingly most relevant to this subject.  Practically, this shows the level of detail that is searchable to find things held by the National Archives.  Much of this wasn’t on the RecordSearch database when I started this research, and was instead found by me on paper based item inventories.
    •    Listed by series number.  What’s a series?  See Fact sheets 5 & 6 (Useful information folder).  In the Series description folder, you’ll find descriptions of the series themselves to which the files listed belong.  The series tells you the context of creation of the records – who and what created the records you’re looking at.
    •    The Item control symbol is usually the file number that the creating government agency used at the time to control (create, maintain and access) the records.
    •    The Item title is the brief, and often cryptic words or phrases used to describe the file content by the creating government agency at the time.  Sometimes these follow arcane name rules, sometimes not.  Often, National Archives has augmented the title to make the content a bit more accessible.
    •    The item barcode number is the unique identifier of each file listed in the RecordSearch database – available to the public on the naa.gov.au website.  You can use this number to easily find the file again!  See Fact sheet 13 & 14 (Useful information folder).
    •    The first opened date is the date the file was first made available to the public.  Any date from Oct 2010 onwards in this list means I got those files opened first – no one else in the public domain had ever seen them up to that point.  That’s probably still true for many of the files on this list.
    •    Comments in the same column are hopefully self explanatory:
    •    [no comment] – I failed to take any notes, or didn’t have time to look through the file content
    •    Digitised – the contents of this file have now been digitised (at February 2014) and is available for viewing online within RecordSearch on the naa.gov.au website.  Perhaps you’ve seen them already!  Use the item barcode number to retrieve the file in RecordSearch.  Go to www.naa.gov.au, select links for ‘search the collection’, then ‘RecordSearch’, then ‘Advanced Search tab’, then ‘Items’ and plug in the item barcode number.  To see the digitised content, click on the document icon.  These digitised files – circus quarantine files – have stories to tell in and of themselves about how the quarantine system worked (or didn’t!) and changed over time.
    •    File partially copied – I’ve gone through the file and copied what I thought to be the most relevant pages
    •    see notes – see handwritten notes (hard to read) for this file in the File content notes folder
    •    Seen – I skimmed through the file content and found nothing relevant for WWII
    •    Whole file copied – I’ve copied the whole file, everything on it.  See file content copies folder.

File content copies folder
    •    This folder contains colour copies (digital photos) of documents either partially copied – a selection of documents from a file; or the whole file – all of the documents on the file.
    •    There are two subfolders – one for a single file in series A1658 and one for 4 files in series A11984.  Each of these files are labelled with their item control symbol (see the file list described above).  Open a folder to see individual documents - each have their own number (an artefact created by my digital camera).  Those numbers put the documents in order as they occur on the file, and usually I’ve started with the file cover, front and back, then copied the documents from the back of the file (the earliest document) to the front of the file (the latest document).
    •    I have copied the entire file content of the two main files (as described earlier), V3/5/6 parts 1 & 2.

File content notes folder
    •    This folder contains my handwritten notes – if I made any - for files I didn’t copy.  Probably not that useful, as my handwriting has a definite readability half-life!

Series description folder
    •    Here are descriptions of the series themselves to which the files on the file list above belong.  The series tells you the context of creation of the records – who and what created the records you’re looking at.  See Fact sheets 5 & 6 (Useful information folder) for more information about that. To see the series descriptions, drill down and open the html files.  These are all available for viewing within RecordSearch on the naa.gov.au website.

Useful information folder - Archives
    •    This folder contains basic information about finding and using records held by the National Archives of Australia.  Open the html files to see page dumps, all available on the naa.gov.au website, under ‘the collection’ tab.

So, enjoy delving into this rich archival content.  And may those ABCs leap off the page for you!  If you wish to quiz me about any of this, please do.

All the best

David Hearder

Some of the files David Hearder  found are now here.
Allow for the files to drop on the page which might take a minute. 
Because of the large numbers of files, it took us several days and media fire had problems with the connection.
If anyone wants all of the files then they should just contact us and arrange a USB stick to be mailed to us.