Whether or not they have anything to do with the secret operations going on
beneath the Blue Mountains, UFOs over the Burragorang Valley have a long
history. There had been mystery objects observed by residents of homes overlooking
the Jamieson-Burragorang Valleys going back before World War Two but these were
largely overlooked by the radio and newspaper media of the time.
Then came the
sudden interest in ‘Unidentified Flying Objects’ worldwide as the 1940s drew to a
close, and the then Katoomba-based Radio Station 2KA, began reporting mysterious
objects seen by locals.
For example during August 1954 there was a flurry of UFO activity over the
Burragorang/Kanangra/Katoomba region. Strange ‘saucer-type’ airships, glowing red
or green, were repeatedly claimed sighted at night by Megalong and Hartley Valley
Tourists reported seeing a yellowish-glowing ‘saucer’ flying up the Grose
Valley on an east to west course, to fly high over Govett’s Leap and on over
Blackheath heading towards Bathurst.
The Sydney radio and newspaper media, never able to take such things
seriously, did not help any serious investigation, by centring their attention upon
Sydney University students, who dressed as spacemen, were to be seen at Echo Point
Lookout, bailing up tourists for donations to a charity!
The screening of the new Paramount Pictures science fiction film, “War of the
Worlds” [based upon the HG Wells book] did a roaring trade at Katoomba’s Savoy
Theatre that August school holidays. This film showed to packed houses, no doubt to
many locals wondering if the extra-terrestrial visitors had any long term plans!
author remembers this well, because my mother took me to see the film one weekday
matinee while the family were holidaying at Katoomba, and it was my introduction to
science fiction films.
Something like three to four hundred sightings were reported to Radio Station
2KA that year. Strange glowing metallic suited figures were claimed seen by campers
out on Narrow Neck Plateau late at night, and the hysteria cooked up by 2KA at one
stage made many people, including tourists, hesitant to go out at night!