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Nundah, 1947, reported January 2009

Nundah, 1947, reported January 2009

In mid-1947, four or five of my mates and myself, all about 8 to 10 years of age, were playing over at the local football oval at Oxenham Park, Nundah, adjacent to Melton Road.

It was about 7.00pm and we were all laying on our backs looking up into the heavens when we noticed this small yellow star, way out into the heavenlies, moving slowly across the sky. We watched it for 45 minutes to an hour as it moved from south to a northerly direction. The movement was erratic, zig-zag and stationary, and three quarters of the way cross the heavenlies we noticed that it began to shimmer and disappear intermittently.

In those days the heavenlies were clear and the stars in the heavenlies were many, nothing like today. When we saw the Sputnik in 1957, it was close and bright, but I did notice the same shimmering effect as it disappeared intermittently, which brought back my memory of 1947 incident.

A few weeks later in 1947, after that first sighting, I was returning home from playing on the oval about 7:30pm, when the skies overhead began to light up with fireballs, green flashes like a fireworks display of “Roman Candles”. Then there was this enormous roar and explosions, and the noise was frightening for a 10 year-old. The sky was alive with the display, which lasted for a long period of time, say approximately 5 to 10 seconds or probably more, because I had to run about 60 metres to my home, and as I ran up the staircase our house was shaking and all the windows were rattling, and the fireball was flashing, then quietness.

For three days I checked the morning and evening paper and there was nothing reported in the newspaper of the incident. I found a very small comment in a newspaper, possibly the Telegraph on the third day, or the Courier Mail on the fourth day. And the comment said something like this: “A meteor crashed north of Rockhampton!” Even then at my young age I thought it was strange that it took three days to make a report in the paper. And there was nothing on the radio either.

Some years ago, I went to the State Library to check the microfilms of around mid-1947 for June and July, same time as the Roswell Incident, and the microfilm was missing, and nobody in the library had any idea why it was missing.

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Nundah, Queensland, Australia

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