Bunyip Eyewitness Account, 1920

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 21st, 2011

Poverty Bay Herald

Poverty Bay, New Zealand

December 16, 1920


BRISBANE, Nov. 15. – Mr. Archie Meston, a well-known civil servant, and an authority on Queensland history and aboriginal matters, states that he has evidence as to the existence of the bunyip, which he says he has previously seen in a lagoon near Cleveland, about 23 miles from Brisbane.

Mr. Meston, camped in a paddock adjoining the lagoon, owned by a farmer named A. A. Reis, and heard cries bearing no resemblance to those of any known animal. “About 10 one morning,” Mr. Meston says, “it was my luck to catch a brief glimpse of his head and the top of his shoulders. The head was very like that of a seal, and was intensely black, with long ears. The bunyip was in the middle of a waterhole which is about 25 feet deep, and dived like a flash out of sight.”

Mr. Meston states that a young farmer saw the bunyip about 50 yards from the water. The animal was about six feet high, remarkably black, with a head like a big kangaroo, and with dogs ears long and drooping like a spaniel’s.
Mr. Meston has also seen curious tracks in the vicinity of Ormiston, on the Cleveland line, resembling the track of a large emu with a toe at the heel of the foot.

“We may be quite certain that there are yet unknown birds and animals in Queensland,” says Mr. Meston. “These animals called bunyips are probably a few solitary survivors from ancient species drawing near extinction, like the Aurochs of Russia, or the Neoceratodus, still living in the Mary and Burnett rivers in Queensland.”

Thanks to Jerome Clark for this archival item.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

One Response to “Bunyip Eyewitness Account, 1920”

  1. MountDesertIslander responds:

    I sure hope the Australian version of Cleveland is more appealing than the domestic U.S. version. All things considered, niether could hold a candle to Monty Python’s offering.

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