Rare account of Westall UFO landing in 1966

The following is a story recounted by a teenager who attended Westall High School and witnessed something unusual on April 6, 1966. Just three months after the Westall UFO encounter this account was released to the public. This account is different from many because 1. the witness was not a child but in fact a high school student 2. the students recollection was recorded very shortly after the incident.

QUFOSR stumbled across this account while searching through an old copy of the Australian Flying Saucer review (No. 5 – 1966).

Westall eyewitness

Early UFO sightings in Australia


National Advocate  – Mon 16th August 1909



Barrier Miner – Sat 14th August 1909 



Grafton Argus and Clarence River General AdvertiserThurs 23rd June 1904



The Argus – Tue 28th July 1908



Daily Telegraph – Fri 13th August 1909



Northern Star – Wed 11th August 1909



Northern Star – Wed 17th April 1907



Dungog Chronicle – Fri 21 May 1909



Albury Banner and Wodonga Express – Friday 8th February 1901



The Daily News – Friday 15th May 1903 



 Morning Bulletin – Fri 7th August 1903



The Capricornian – Sat 15th August 1903



Daily Telegraph – Saturday 19th June 1909



Quirindi Herald and District News – Friday 9th August 1907



Raleigh Sun – Friday 21 May 1909



Register – Wednesday 8th February 1905



Western Herald – Wednesday 4th December 1907



Examiner – Friday 24 July 1908







The Gundiah Mackay Alien Abduction – Australia

The Gundiah Mackay Abduction is a controversial case in the ufology. October 4th, 2001 Amy Rylance, Keith Rylance and Petra Heller claimed that Amy was abducted by a UFO. Keith stated he had fallen asleep at around 9PM in a caravan bedroom. Petra stated that she went to into her bedroom in the residences annex. Amy stated that she had stayed on the couch watching TV in the lounge room.

Later on the evening of October 4th Amy Rylance claims she was abducted by aliens and according to her housemate Petra Hella, an eyewitness, she went floating through the window carried on a beam of light. Her husband, Keith Rylance, described by the Mayor as a very level headed man, was also a witness to the circumstances. The supposed evidence of this abduction included a fly screen on a window that was split open and a burnt plant on the outside of the window.

Approximately ninety minutes after Petra witnessed the supposed abduction, Amy was found disorientated and covered in mud at Mackay Queensland. For those who don’t know, Mackay is about 790kms from Gundiah. This trip, when driven by car, would usually take at least 8-9 hours.

On discovery Ms Rylance stated that she had been abducted for several days.  When examined by Mackay hospital staff they found that she had in fact not eaten for days, and her usually shaven bodily hair had grown considerably.


Australian Nuclear Testing UFO incident – Declassified file

Between 1956 and 1963 top secret British nuclear tests occurred at the Maralinga site, part of the Woomera Prohibited Area in South Australia. A total of seven nuclear tests were performed at this site while in operation.

Although four major tests had been carried out with some publicity, the minor tests were carried out in absolute secrecy. These secret trials were codenamed ‘Kittens’, ‘Tims’, ‘Rats’ and ‘Vixen’.

July 15, 1960 – While staff were on site of the top secret ‘Vixen’ nuclear program, an unidentified flying object was reported at the nuclear weapons testing range by several credible members of the military.

The following video contains a copy of the actual report, originally submitted to The Range Commander. The briefing gives an insight in to what the members of the military witnessed on the evening of July 15, 1960.

Click here for a direct link to the digital file hosted on the National Archives of Australia website.

1988 Knowles Family UFO Encounter – Australian Nullarbor Plain

The below videos contain interviews with the Knowles Family. In 1988 the Knowles family claimed they encountered and were actively chased by a UFO on the Australian Nullarbor Plain. Also find below original newspaper related stories.

Interview one

Interview two

Related newspaper articles

1988 Knowles Family UFO Encounter witness
1988 Knowles Family UFO Encounter Nullarbor Plain
1988 Knowles Family UFO Encounter Nullarbor Plain
1988 Knowles Family UFO Encounter Nullarbor Plain

The 1966 Tully Saucer Nest


Early activity

For centuries it appears Australia has been a UFO hot spot. Aboriginal tribes along the Murray River often spoke of ‘Chic-Ah-Bunnah’. The ‘Chic-Ah-Bunnah’ is the name given to a huge, bright light that descends from the stars.

In 2002 highly respected Indigenous Australian elder, Jack Muriata, stated that whilst playing on Tully River over 70 years previously he had witnessed ‘Chic-Ah-Bunnah’. His estimate dates the sighting between the 1920’s-30’s, although no specific year was ever given.

tullyufowitnessAlthough sincere, Mr. Muriatas story holds little merit in persuading skeptics. The location of Jacks encounter however, Tully, Australia, was later home to one of the most bizarre Australian UFO incidents ever documented.

The 1966 Tully Saucer Nest Incident

Jan 19, 1966: Farmer George Pedley witnessed a saucer-shaped craft ascend over Horseshoe Lagoon near the town of Tully, Australia. Investigating the area from where he estimated the object rose Mr. Pedley discovered a circular clearing in the lagoon. Revisiting the site for a second time before lunch, Mr. Pedley now noticed a mass of reeds floating on the surface of Horseshoe Lagoon. The reeds were in a flattened, clockwise, radial formation.

Pedley returned once more with the owner of the land where the sighting had occurred. When arriving the men discovered they could swim underneath the ‘nest’ without obstruction. They also noted that the water around them was clear and the lagoon floor was free of roots and residue.

There was no doubt in Pedleys mind that he saw a disc shape craft rise and travel at a great speed. The Royal Australian Air Force never could conclusively decide what was witness. They did state this:

“…there is no explanation for the visible phenomena reported but it could have been associated with or the result of ‘down draughts’, ‘willy willies’ or ‘water spouts’ that are known to occur in the north Queensland area.”

Mr Pedley was never satisfied with this answer and his story never changed.