[dropcap]Paul[/dropcap] Dean, a UFO researcher in Australia, has been scouring the online digitized files of the National Archives of Australia for UFO reports, and he has found a few. His latest hit has been in the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. He has come across a file of scanned letters from 1972 to 1981 that contains UFO reports.
The file, titled Observations – general by outside authorities (including UFO) [Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology], mostly contains reports of weather phenomenon, such as tornadoes or dust clouds. There are also astronomical reports, such as of meteorites. However, there are either UFO reports, or questions regarding UFOs. For instance there are a couple of requests by students on information about UFOs for papers they are writing. One frustrated fifth grader complains that it is hard to get information on UFOs because not many people believe in them.
As for the UFO reports, many come from UFO groups. One interesting response to UFO photos, sent to the Meteorology Bureau in February of 1981, said their negatives were sent to “Flight Lieutenant Rod Bencke of RAAF Pearce who has an authoritative interest in these manners.”
Dean made a list of files he thought were interesting:
2. 14 Mar 979. The Bureau sent a letter to a G Hume of UFO Research Group, Perth. It said that the photograph you forwarded “…does not appear to show any object which could be recognised as part of a balloon train…I am not able to offer any alternative meteorological explanation of the object in the photograph.” The associated letter from PUFORG dated 28 Feb 979 stated that the object was photographed at Ceduna, SA in Dec 1977. The photo is not on file.
3. 27 May 1978. Kings Rocks, Hyden, WA. 2050hrs. Dull orange object, low on the eastern horizon travelling north to south. Faster than an aircraft, slower than a meteor. No sound. Duration 1.5 to 2 minutes. Moved from north-east to south-south-west. Above clouds. Long orange tail. 3-4 weeks before, at dusk, a similar object was seen travelling in the opposite direction in the eastern sky.
4. 19& 20 May 1977. Letter from Unexplained Phenomena Investigation Bureau of Bunbury, WA. Re sightings between 0930 and 1200 hrs on both days. The observations were labelled as Venus. “Through binoculars it seemed to be spinning on an axis and two disk like shapes which seemed to be joined, merged into a ball at intervals.
5. 1 May 1977. Pingaring, WA. Letter reporting a light in the sky between 1930 and 2030hrs in the north-eastern sky for the last 6 weeks.
6. Letter dated 29 Mar 1977 from UPIB, Bunbury re three reports:
a. 26 Feb 1977. 2215hrs. Withers, WA. 5 mins. 15 degrees elevation. Stationary light in the sky for 15-30 seconds then moved across the sky.
b. 2 Feb 1977. 2100hrs-2130hrs. Bunbury. Fuzzy light in the sky moving around yellow/white colour.
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