UFO EXCITEMENT in DARWIN
By B Stett using news
clippings sent by Brian De Kretser
135, 2010 November)
headline "UFO HOLY GRAIL" filled almost half the front page of the NT
News on August 31, 2010.
on page 2 by Annie Sanson featured "UFO-logist" Erik Black
of Brisbane. Black had traveled the world for 30 years looking for
alien space-craft and had finally found one — which flew straight over
his head — at Humpty Doo (off the Arnhem Highway, SE of Darwin).
sighting-stories, together with calls to make UFOs a tourist
attraction and for Darwin to host a UFO convention, were reported in
the NT News on September 1. Under the heading "Truth is up
there" we learn of prominent "Top End" UFO spotter Alan Ferguson who
was co-starring in a UFO documentary about sightings in the "UFO
hotspot" of Wycliffe Well (situated between Alice Springs and Darwin).
Annie Sanson (September 4) reported that radio presenter Pete
Davies was wondering whether the "Top End" could challenge Rosswell and
become the "UFO capital of the world". She writes: "UFO pilgrims could
soon be flocking to Darwin..."
September 4 report referred
again to Erik Black and informed us that he had seen a "hamburger
shaped" UFO at Humpty Doo.
back on page 1 with the headline in huge letters "UFO CUT OFF
MY CAR". (September 11) Morning-show presenter Leon Compton had opened
the air waves to believers in UFOs to relate personal experiences. And
experiences came in, some from decades previous. The woman whose car
was "cut off" had seen "two figures inside this thing [the UFO]" in
1969 while driving to Alice Springs. The thing took off "surrounded by
green, blue and red flames." Another person claimed he once saw a
saucer actually land and it was "half the size of a football field."
News for September 17 reported on a survey that asked
people what was most likely to be real — UFOs, Inpex (an energy
company) or Yowies. Some 24% of 965 respondents opted for UFOs
continued with "Another UFO spotted" (NT News, September
20th). This latest was a "bright orange light" over the Timor Sea.
in UFO interest in the Northern Territory is reminiscent of
the "Ghosts in Darwin" (reported in Investigator #61). The "ghosts"
made headlines and television news throughout Australia in 1998 and
raised newspaper sales and maybe promoted tourism to Darwin.
Magazine had regular articles about UFOs for
many years but they petered out because nothing to connect UFOs with
alien life was ever proved. Britain's Ministry of Defence closed its
UFO investigation unit in 2009. During 50 years of work it had found no
proof of extraterrestrials or evidence of any threat to Britain and
therefore the expense could no longer be justified.
UFO HUNT in NT
137, 2011 March)
"UFO SPOTTED IN
DARWIN". This headline dominated the front page of the
NT News on December 27, 2010.
started off: "A UFO said to look like a top secret Area 51
government plane shown on You Tube was seen by a Darwin man…" The
observer known only as "Brian" thought it was an airplane but moved to
the UFO interpretation when there was no "roar of the engine" only a
For the NT
News to report about an unnamed observer
distinguishing a roar from a hum, smacks of desperation for something
interesting was the December 20 story about a Mary Rodwell of the Australian
Close Encounter Network.
hypnotherapist for people with paranormal experiences,
claims to know a dozen people in Australia's Northern Territory who
encountered "non-human beings" and received bruises and scars.
News seemingly has stories about UFOs almost every week.
On October 22 there was UFO hunter, Alan Ferguson, saying "I'm seeing
aliens again", and announcing his re-launched website www.ufoterritory.com.au
23 almost a full page, page 19, was used to announce
"Something is out there…or is it?" So, is it or isn't it?
The following page reported on "Globetrotting ghost hunters Julie
Miller and Grant Osborne" from New Zealand who were "menaced" by a
white light that kept pace with their car when they drove away from
November 10 readers learned of Peter Khoury who claimed he was
"abducted by two female aliens — a blonde and an Asian" and is
scheduled to speak at the Wycliffe Well UFO conference planned for
March 18-20. Khoury's abduction allegedly comes with "DNA-tested
biological evidence" — a blonde hair.
Well is a holiday park 380km north of Alice Springs.
News apparently has a batch of reporters who chase and
write UFO stories — such as Alyssa Betts, Annie Sanson, David Wood,
Judy Skatssoon, Caine Edwards, etc.
this sustained effort, no evidence so far produced has
attracted SETI scientists or government investigators.
report about NT News UFO stories appeared in Investigator