September 30, 1980
Location: Rosedale, Australia
very spectacular event is reported to have occurred in
the early hours of September 30, 1980, on a property known
as "White-Acres," some 8km from Rosedale, Victoria,
Australia. Investigations were conducted by a number of
people and, in view of the apparent magnitude of the event,
Bill Chalker, Gary Little and Keith Basterfield co-investigated
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very spectacular event is reported to have occurred in
the early hours of September 30, 1980, on a property known
as "White-Acres," some 8 km from Rosedale,
Victoria, Australia. Investigations were conducted by
a number of people and, in view of the apparent magnitude
of the event, Bill Chalker, Gary Little and Keith Basterfield
co-investigated the case.
Event As Related
percipient, a 54-year-old farm hand and caretaker of the
"White-Acres" property, 19 km west of
Sale, Victoria, went to bed at 22:30 hrs on September
29, 1980, and experienced no trouble in sleeping. At 01:00
hrs, September 30 (daylight saving), he awoke and immediately
heard a noise like a screeching whistle, unlike the noise
of anything on the nearby road. It should be said that
the Princess Highway, a main road Melbourne to Sydney,
carrying interstate traffic, runs right alongside the
house where he lay sleeping.
were also noises of cattle bellowing and a horse running
around in apparent panic. He looked at his bedside spring-wound
clock after switching on the bedroom light and noted the
time. He then went outside the back door, still in his
night attire, to see what was the matter with the stock.
From the back door, the view is obstructed by adjacent
posts and sheeting, so in order to have a clear view,
he stood up on a wooden rail just outside the door.
he observed, out of the corner of his eye, an object moving
from his right to left. Its estimated height was 8-10
feet (1) above the ground. As he stood there and
watched it, it appeared to pass between a shed and a Cyprus
hedge (estimated distance about 500 feet) and then between
a silo and a tree. When behind the shed, he states that
part of the object was below his line of sight of the
first, he had thought it was an aircraft in distress,
but when clearly in view by the silo, he saw there were
no wings and no tail, and he described it as a domed object
with a white top. It had orange and blue lights on its
surface and he estimated its diameter at about 26 feet.
Its height was given as about 15 feet. The object then
progressed over a paddock, passed by a haystack and appeared
to rest over a distant, open-topped, concrete 10,000 gallon
water tank for an estimated minute before moving to a
stationary position apparently on the ground to the left
of the tank as viewed from the house. Total time between
initial view and on the ground was put at 2 minutes.
commented that there did not appear to be any illumination
of the ground as it passed over, but the object gave out
light at its own height.
witness decided to investigate as there had been reports
of rustling of stock in the area and his stock were obviously
disturbed. He returned to the house and dressed. Within
5 minutes, he came outside, got on his red coloured Suzuki
100 motorbike, started it up and commenced to ride up
a lane to the area where the object was still visible
on the ground, making an audible whistling noise. Stopping
to open a gate, he saw a cow obviously disturbed and frothing
at the mouth. This cow came through the open gate and,
according to the witness, proceeded to hide itself under
an adjacent shed. Riding further up, to another gate,
he entered into the paddock with the object in it.
he approached the UFO from 50 yards away, to the point
where he stopped, 50 feet from it, he commented that he
had an unusual body sensation, feeling "like a
jelly on a plate," everything was trembling.
Having stopped 50 feet, or so, from the object, he sat
on his bike with the engine still running (there were
no effects on his bike at all) and headlight on. He rested
the bike by placing his two feet on the ground.
UFO remained sitting on the ground, still making a whistling
noise. The witness maintains he could not go any closer
to it due to the intensity of the noise. In fact, he says
he sat on the bike with his ears covered by his hands.
Duration of this portion of the observation was put at
about 3 minutes.
object itself seemed to consist of two sections - a white
dome on top and a larger orange section underneath. Around
this bottom section, there appeared to be circular windows
or lights. Suddenly, the noise level increased to "an
awful scream," something like a black tube appeared
around the base of the UFO, and this seemed to inflate
to a tremendous size, just beyond the diameter of the
object. There was a tremendous "bang,"
and a blast of air and heat came from it. This blast almost
knocked him off his bike. The UFO lifted up and gradually
rolled off the spot going eastwards.
bike's headlight illuminated the base of the object as
it moved away, enabling the percipient to observe that
the black "tube" seemed to be deflating
towards the centre of the base. Also around the rim of
the base were six evenly spaced "spokes"
or V-shaped "things."
about 30 feet out from where it had sat, and at a height
of 8-10 feet, the object fell silent. At this stage, the
reporter states material fell away from the underside
of it. This material looked like stones, cape weed and
witness rode onto the spot it had left, and sat there
stunned, watching as the object left towards due east.
Gradually, it faded away, becoming smaller and smaller
in angular size until it was lost to sight.
night was clear, calm and moonlit. In the moonlight, he
could see a marking, a "ring" of "black"
grass, about 30 feet across.
stunned, he managed to ride back to the house where he
saw the time was 01:50 hrs by the bedroom clock. He had
a cup of coffee. It was then that he noticed his 6-7 year
old, water resistant, stainless steel Taiwanese spring
wound Timex watch had stopped at 01:10 hrs. He took it
off his wrist and placed it on the table. After a few
minutes, it started again. However, when he put it on
his arm, it stopped again within 10 minutes. This sequence
of stopping on arm, and going on table, happened on and
off over the next three days, then the watch returned
to normal. The witness commented that the watch had been
reliable before and had been since.
saw that the watch hour and minute hands were marked by
old style luminescent paint and asked if he had noted
anything abnormal about the intensity of the paint's illumination
in the dark. He replied that there had been no noticeable
difference before or after the event.
looking at the watch, he went to lie down on his bed,
without taking off his clothes, but was unable to get
back to sleep properly, chewing things over in his mind.
His legs were shaky.
about 5 a.m., he arose and decided to return to the paddock
where he had observed the object. With daylight, he found
a ring standing out quite clearly in the precise spot
where the object had been. The surrounding paddock was
a blanket of yellow flowers, but on the ground, the mark
was near black or brown, consisting of grass flattened
in an anti-clockwise direction, to a width of 18 inches.
Inside the ring, only green grass remained. The yellow
flowers had been removed. Total diameter of the trace
was 28 feet. Evenly spaced within the perimeter of the
ring were six "spokes" of relatively
a definite path leading out of the spot to the east was
debris, according to the reporter, the debris which he
had seen falling from underneath the object. The witness
stated that while he was inspecting the mark, a truck
driver, who had stopped his vehicle on the main road,
came across to him in the paddock. This man related that
he had been followed by an object from Traralgon to Rosedale
at about 01:00 hrs, that same morning.
about 09:00 hrs, the owner of the property arrived on
a regular visit and asked the witness what was wrong with
him as he was as white as a sheet. The witness told him
that he had something to show him and together they inspected
the mark. The owner reported the incident to the local
paper and an account appeared on the front page of the
"Gippsland Times" of October 1, 1980.
witness relates that he had noted that the 12-foot-high,
8-foot-wide, concrete water tank had been full, the day
before (September 29, 1980), and held about 10,000 gallons
of water which is pumped by a wind pump through an incoming
one and a half inch pipe. Once full, it is used as a summer
reservoir. A valve is closed and water bypasses the tank
and is pumped out by 1 inch pipe directly to the area
around the house.
it was inspected on the day of the event, he states that
a) about 10,000 gallons of water had gone, and b) in the
centre of the tank, the muddy residue on the bottom was
piled up (the outlet is on the side not in the centre),
to a height of perhaps two feet, and c) there was algae,
which had been floating on the top of the water, stuck
on the walls near the top hanging upwards. It was estimated
that it would take 72 hours or so to empty the tank by
normal pipe means.
effect noted was that by lunchtime, on the same morning,
a strip (a chain wide) of grass beneath the path of the
object - from tree to hayrick, and from fence (by the
top gate to the paddock where the object had been) to
the tank, was noticeable.
11:00 hrs the same morning, the witness says he developed
a headache, which persisted until about 15:00 hrs when
it went. He said he didn't normally suffer from headaches,
but that he encountered a sharp, constant pain across
his forehead above the eyes and also at the top of his
the next 7-8 days, these headaches came between 11:00
and 15:00 hrs each day and not even an aspro would clear
them up. Also, for the 7-8 days after the event, he couldn't
sleep properly. He would wake up in a sweat. He ate meals
in the mornings but experienced vomiting and diarrhoea
each time. Evening meals caused no problems. He did not
seek medical advice.
the 7th or 8th night, he had a vivid dream of seeing the
object again and of holding an old fashioned shotgun.
He awoke from the dream with a start and from about this
time onwards recovered normal health.
the night of the event, immediately upon awakening, the
witness heard the bellowing of cattle and the sound of
a horse racing around. Looking outside, he noticed cattle
up one corner of an adjacent paddock and a horse running
anti-clockwise in a small paddock at the back of the house.
as mentioned, he found one cow hiding under a shed. Cattle
were still being rounded up to the east, at the end of
the large paddock, up to a week later. The witness also
maintained that the stock would not go near the mark.
the discovery of the mark, many people inspected it, including
one inspection, about two weeks after the event, by Paul
Norman (VUFORS (2) vice-president and MUFON state
representative for Victoria) and his VUFORS associate
authors, together with Gary Little of Melbourne, conducted
an on-site investigation during December 1980. Although
he had received visits from all sorts of people, the witness
provided an in-depth report of his experience and a six-hour
interview and inspection ensued. The party went through
the event step by step and inspected the marking. When
viewed three months after the event, there was present
a vaguely defined area of bare earth/grass of approximately
28 feet across. The paddock vegetation had been cut and
new clover growth was regrowing in places in the paddock,
but only in one corner of the marking. Soil and rock samples
were taken for analysis but the results were indeterminate.
owner of the property was talked to, and copies of relevant
local papers were obtained. Inquiries were made to locate
a GTV 9 news report film of the mark taken within a few
days, the truck driver, accurate weather details for the
time, and to ascertain any abnormalities in the soil.
total, the event reported includes many extraordinary
elements, including a one witness close encounter, a UFO
- apparently correlated physical ground trace, effects
on the reporter and his watch, other trace effects, effect
on stock, the disappearance of 10,000 gallons of water
from a tank, and possibly a secondary reporter.
ostensibly unusual events were reported, or came to light,
in the Gippsland area of Victoria, in the few months that
followed the event. These included further reports of
"ground traces," UFO reports and water
The witness gave all his estimates in the imperial system
and they have been left here for accuracy.
VUFORS - Victorian UFO Research Society