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1893 'hairy man' mystery continues to endure

Posted on Tuesday, 9 August, 2016 | Comment icon 35 comments

Does an unknown species lurk in the wilds of New South Wales ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Anne Dirkse
Arthur Marrin came across a strange creature while traveling in New South Wales over a century ago.
The peculiar encounter took place while Marrin, a cordial maker, had been transporting a load of drinks by horse-drawn cart from Braidwood to Captain's Flat in the Southern Highlands.

He was first alerted to the presence of something unusual when his dog wouldn't stop baking.

After venturing off the road to investigate, Marrin came face to face with a large, powerful creature which lunged at him from the undergrowth.

As he tried to back away he realized that he was standing on the edge of a steep drop. Fearing for his life, he grabbed a nearby rock off the ground and hit his assailant over the head with it.
The blow proved devastating and with a follow-up strike from his whip, the beast lay dead.

Intrigued by the peculiar nature of the creature, Marrin later transported its remains back to Braidwood where he put them up on display, much to the interest of a local newspaper.

"It was four feet long, 11 inches across the forehead and had a face very much like a polar bear," a reporter for The Braidwood Dispatch wrote in an article published back in 1893.

"It weighed over seven stone (44kg). Its forearms were very strong with great paws that would be capable of giving a terrible grip. It was a tan colour like a possum with strong hair on its skin."

To this day however the identity of the creature continues to remain a complete mystery.

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #26 Posted by Astra. on 10 August, 2016, 11:40
Yeah.. must have been a drop bear - the b*****s are still causing problems - especially for tourists          
Comment icon #27 Posted by Carnoferox on 10 August, 2016, 11:51
I always thought thylacosmilids were marsupials.
Comment icon #28 Posted by oldrover on 10 August, 2016, 12:49
They used to be thought of as true marsupials. But, there's been a lot of re shuffling in mammal taxonomy in the last couple of decades. These days though, like the rest of the boryhaeinids, they're placed in a sister group to the marsupials, the sparassadonts. So still in metatheria, but outside of marsupials proper. There are a couple of nice articles over on Tet Zoo Another interesting recent re-classification is the South American monito del monte. An unassuming looking little thing, but, the only living repre... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by Carnoferox on 10 August, 2016, 15:09
Thanks for the updates. Sorry that I am not current with my mammal phylogeny.
Comment icon #30 Posted by oldrover on 10 August, 2016, 19:00
No problem. 
Comment icon #31 Posted by back to earth on 11 August, 2016, 0:09
Just wondering ...... when did 'Prehistoric Era' end in Australia  ?     
Comment icon #32 Posted by back to earth on 11 August, 2016, 0:22
Classic 'Yowie hunters' story : Out in the bush, guy says the Yowies communicate  by thumping hollow tree sections demonstrates , a moment later the answer from across the valley ;   'See !  What else would make a noise like that ?" Other guy ;  " Some Yowie hunter on the the side of the valley ? "   - What is extra funny is that an indigenous person once demonstrated the techniques in the rain forest to me . One  kicks the 'wall' of the  buttress roots with the hard heel of one's foot  or knocks it with a rock ;       thump thump - thump  ...  thump  thump-thump-thump  (no, I dont know the co... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by TripGun on 22 August, 2016, 14:25
He successfully killed the upper most branch of the inbred family tree, cousin/uncle/brother Stoneface will be missed. Mystery solved on this end.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Codenwarra on 27 August, 2016, 4:14
The Braidwood Yowie. Back in the 1990s there used to be a character locally called Tim the Yowie Man who claimed to have seen a yowie west of Canberra in the Brindabella Ranges. Braidwood is about an hour's drive to the east of Canberra. Yowies seem to occupy heavily wooded, hilly areas just as bunyips live around streams and pools. Yowies are sometimes said to be accompanied by a strong smell of burning rubber or sulphur. Coincidentally the same smell is experienced by some epileptics just before a fit.
Comment icon #35 Posted by oldrover on 28 August, 2016, 12:45
That was the guy who Cadburys tried to sue. 

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