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Sunday Press
April 5 1987

By Carol ????

THE first thing Rex Gliroy tells you is that he's not crazy. The reason he wishes to start off a conversation by defending himself Is because Rex Gilroy has taken a bit of rubbishing over the past 25 years. You see, Rex Is a yowle hunter and yowles are Australia's equivalent of the Loch Ness Monster, the Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas and Northern America's Bigtoot.

Yowle is an Aboriginal word meaning "great halry man" and yowile yarns have been spun ever since settlement. Sightings are still recorded In the Blue Mountains and It Is there that Rex Gilroy believes such creatures do roam.

But Rex Isn't just Interested In yowile spotting.He' s also on the trail ofthe Tasmanian tiger and an Australian "black panther', a strange cat-like creature that carries Its young In a pouch. It leaves pawprints the size of an outstretched hand, he says. Rex Gilroy sees himself as a special sort of hunter. A man seeking to give the world a glimpse of species thought extinct before they do disappear forever. Some see him as a little strange.

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Anyone Seen a Yowiee

Around Katoomba, where until recently he ran a natural history museum, Rex Is known as the yowle man. Local youths love screaming the word at him when he ventures out.

He has been jumped on by jokers In monkey costume and a Katoomba milk bar had the gall to capitalise on his efforts by offering "Yowie-burgers".

There are hoaxers who tell him of false sightings and professional practical jokers who even send him fake photographs and footprint Impressions.

It is all getting a bit much for Rex, who has spent 25 years in the field searching for the rare animals and claims to have outlaid around $100,000 on expeditions and research trying to prove he Is right.

"People say I must be mad because of the type of work I do. They forget I'm not just Into the unusual but also carry out conventional research."

He will admit that his obsession is searchIng for animals never found or thought to be extinct. But, to Rex, that is not as crazy as It sounds. Rex says his work Is scientifically known as cryptozoology, the study of animal species.

And to anyone who says the yowie Is a myth rather than an animal, Rex points out that British scientists did not acknowledge the existence of the gorilla until it was found In the lowlands of the Congo In 1880.

Then there was the white cassowary of New Guinea. "It was thought to be a mythical native bird until 190l," Rex said. "People thought how could a white bird exist unseen in the green of the jungle ' but it did."

Rex has been so sickened by the sceptics that he no longer gives television Interviews and in four years has not written one article to back up his theories. Ssurprisingly, this lack of action has had good results.

Normally when he appears on TV or In print he gets reported sightIngs from boy scouts and tractor drivers about yowles chasing them through the bush. "That's rubbish because a yowle doesn't move like a human.

Rex',s Interest In the unusual stems from his great-grandfather, Scottish naturalist Alexander Gilroy, who was the first man to make scientific examinations of Loch Ness and search for the monster. He didn't find It. Rex says he has been Interested in natural history since he was a schoolboy of seven.

"I've had to put up with junk. People say the yowle looked like a wooki, one of those things In Star Wars. I can then shoot them down (destroy their theories) because the Yowie Is not like that." Since he has laid low he says he's been given about six sightings that are believeable.

Rex keeps certain details to himself about how the yowie walks and looks In order to verify the truth behind sightings. He's also sceptical about poor photographs.

'Mad dad used to fill my head with stories of the Loch Ness Monster, Stonehenge and ancient castles," he said. "By the time I left school In 1957 I was interested In the yowle.

I'd been collecting Aboriginal myths and legends while at Liverpool Boys' High School." He has supported his quest for the unusual through his writing and the natural history museum he ran at Katoomba. Unfortunately his lease recently ran out and the building Is now being turned Into a pin-ball parlor.

A disappointed Rex plans to open a new museum at Penrith. "It Is a tourist venture but will house the largest privately-owned natural history museum tn Australia. I have 80,000 insects from Australia and overseas." Rex Is supported In his ventures by his wife Heather.

He confesses his work is a labor of love. Although he believes In the existence of some strange a~ he knows he may the without being able to prove they do roam the Australian bush.

Tasmanian tiger
"It would be nice (to find one) but the most I could hope for would be photographic evidence and footprints," he said. "Even then It's not really good enough but it's something to go on."

He does have casts of footprints he believes were made by the Australian "black panther and the yowle. And, yea, he has seen a Tasmanian tiger.

"It was on the Great Western Inghway near Blackneath. I was with a girl who had said she'd seen this creature," he said. "I thought she was having me on because she'd been making fun of a few of my theories.
"I thought, oh blow you. Then It happened.

"This creature was caught In the glare of the headlights and was dazzled for about six seconds. It was the size of an alsatian with a greyhound body structure. lt had blackish stripes from the middle back to Its tall, which would make It a male."

It happened too quickly for Rex to get a photograph of the sighting did give him a high. "It is an experience, a high."

He says It is Impossible to mount expeditions and sufficient camera surveillance In rugged terrain without government funding, but will still carry on with his own scientific sortees Into the Australian bush. "We haven't scratched the sfirface of this country," he said.

He has spent a lifetime searching for evidence and Isn't about to give up until the day he dies. Even If he fails, he has still had his rewards. "I love to get Into the bush and have seen a lot of areas Australians don't even know exist. "I know It all seems silly to some but until you know you have to keep an open mind."

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