History of the Yowie

Yowie creatures have been reported since the first European colony in Australia. Aboriginal culture also describes the "hairy men" which goes by several different names. 

There is some conjecture as to when the name Yowie was used to describe these creatures. The term was definitely in use in the mid to late 1800s and the name Yahoo from aboriginal culture has been mentioned earlier. In the very earliest report from European settlement it was called "wild man", see below.

Throughout Queensland, the Yowies were known as quinkin (or as a type of quinkin), and as joogabinna, while in New South Wales they are called Ghindaring, jurrawarra, myngawin, puttikan, doolaga, gulaga and thoolagal. Other names include yaroma, noocoonah, wawee, pangkarlangu, jimbra and tjangara. Yowie-type creatures are common in Aboriginal Australian legends, particularly in the eastern Australian states. Bungaree and Gunedah Aboriginal elders have described the Yahoo as the "original inhabitants" of the continent of Australia and there were "many tribes" of them. 

The first European reporting of the Yowie we have been able to find is from an article in 1789 that has the title "A Description of a wonderful large Wild Man...brought from Botany Bay". The report details how the large 9 feet tall creature was captured while asleep and brought to England and displayed to the public. A copy of the original report is below.

First Yowie Report 1789

Yowie have been reported in every mainland state in Australia as well as Tasmania. The bulk of written reports come from Queensland and New South Wales. 


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