Flying has been a preoccupation of humans forever. The skies were a mystery to conquer. From building as high as we can to birdman competitions. When finally we found some better methods such as hot air balloons took to the skies in 1783. The military noticed the capacity of hot air balloons and 11 years later used them in that capacity in 1794. By 1899 flying contraptions were becoming more sophisticated until the invention of the plane. And we never looked back. But sometimes we look up and think what’s that? UFO’s have been seen in the Latrobe Valley.
The recorded flying saucers in the Latrobe Valley
On the 24th of March 1954, an unidentified flying object hurtled west through the sky seen south of Morwell. Described as a silver object with fire trailing it. A man on the property in Traralgon South found an atomic balloon in his farm later that week.
It had been released from Melbourne University and had covered the distance in 3 hours which was faster than the train could make the journey. An atomic balloon is also known as a skyhook balloon, as pictured below.
In July 1954 a flying saucer was spotted during the day. There is no description of the flying object. Later that evening a Chinese lantern with a candle attached by a string was found on a ladies property in Traralgon.
In 1967 the RAAF investigated reports of a UFO flying through Gippsland at 11 pm. The Sale weather bureau informed they released a battery-lit balloon.
5% of UFO sightings don’t have a stated cause, D.K Thomson said in 1953 who chased and researched sightings of Foo Fighters in the sky.
Locally in the 1970s, UFO sightings were hitting their peak. Many sightings are seen near the Latrobe River, around Tyers. Strange lights danced in the night sky, causing many a motorist to stop and stare with wonder. Each a little wary about reporting their findings officially as there were many people laughing at these reports and speculations. A school group walking in the Harmony Hills, with candles with lights caused locals to call and report UFOs. It’s challenging to post-research these events as the dates aren’t concrete to discover the conditions on the night and if anything else could have caused. However, some of these stories have classic tales of UFO movements, that just couldn’t have been possible.
Anecdotal stories of Unidentified Flying Objects around the Latrobe Valley
A resident in the Latrobe Valley had a view they can see to Sale on a clear day. This resident regularly saw inexplicable lights in the night sky, movements that couldn’t have been a planet or star. Lights hanging in the air and would report to the RAAF base, at Sale.
A person riding a horse, high on a hill in Glengarry looked down the hill towards the horizon where they saw a mauve light. Gathering his bearings, he looked around and found Venus where it should be. His gaze returned to the mauve light when it shot upwards and disappeared.
A driver left Traralgon heading towards Glengarry when a low hanging disc with lights followed the driver all the way home before disappearing.
Old Melbourne Road, Morwell
A paper mill worker on an early shift was riding on their bike when a persistent strange light followed their path. They decided to change direction and go back to Traralgon – in particular, the police station and report this as it was quite disconcerting. It followed all the way there when as he neared the police station, it disappeared.
Another time cattle, stood around in a circle, mooing when the farmer went out to see what the fuss was all about, he found they were surrounding a scorch mark in the paddock. Big enough for a UFO to have caused.
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A flying saucer in Moe, near Edward Hunter Reserve, near Wirraway Street, was seen in the 1970s by two boys, who were out in there, and an independent person of the initial group who’s small window faced the reserve. The boys recall seeing a UFO; they both drew the same disc object independently of each other when they got home. The disc descended on an angle into the reserve the boys were startled and started heading out when they ran into another friend who believed them, as they looked terrified. They all say the disc didn’t make a sound as it descended.
In October 2015 another UFO sighting was reported at Glengarry, initially thinking it was a plane due to the blue, red and white lights, however, when it changed direction three times, the mind changed.
Are the skies ours alone? Do we share them with beings we glimpse out of the corner of our eye?
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