Do the toilets aboard UFOs hovering above Australia flush in the reverse direction? The Sydney Morning Herald on a newly opened government file of strange encounters, including the object at right, which was spotted by hundreds of witnesses:
Documents that have just become available under the 30-year rule at the National Archives of Australia reveal…unexplained sightings, some of which are supported by witness statements to police.
In Queensland, dairy farmer Robin Priebe phoned Imbil police at 5.30am in July 1983 to report seeing a strange object in the sky to the north of the town. The papers state that a Sergeant Waterson then went to his back verandah and saw ”a large white light with several flashing lights around it” which did not appear to be a normal aircraft. A similar sighting was made by Constable R. Keys from a separate position. He was also of the opinion that it wasn’t a normal aircraft.
Mr Priebe said both he and his wife saw a bright red glow gradually change to a white light which then started to move slowly east. Through binoculars, ”the light was disc shaped with a very bright light around the perimeter of the disc with two flashing lights in the front and one to the side”, he said.
The only photographs in the X Files were of unusual lights over Bendigo, witnessed by hundreds in May 1983. An interim report by the RAAF stated that Mike Evans, a 17-year-old disc jockey with the Bendigo radio station 3BO, received calls from listeners, then saw the lights himself and took photos.