Australian UFO Researcher Bill Chalker
ROSEDALE, VICTORIA: A CLOSE ENCOUNTER
Keith Basterfield & Bill Chalker
The Event as Related
There 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.
Immediately he observed, out of the corner of his eye, an object moving from his right to left. Its estimated height was 8-10 feet1 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 shed roof.
At 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 10,000A 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.
He 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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."
At 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 cow paddies.
The 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.
The night was clear, calm and moonlit. In the moonlight he could see a marking, a "ring" of "black" grass, about 30 feet across.
We 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.
Following 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.
At 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 undamaged grass.
In 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 0100 hrs that same morning.
When 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 feetB, 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.
By 1100 hrs the same morning, the witness says he developed a headache, which persisted until about 1500 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 head.
For the next 7-8 days, these headaches came between 1100 and 1500 hrs each day and not even an aspro [aspirin] 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.
On 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.
Later, 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 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.
The 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.
In 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.
Further 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 losses.
Reference for the above text is: Australian UFO Researcher Bill Chalker: http://www.auforn.com/Bill_Chalker_12.htm retrieved February 21, 2011.
My thanks to Mr. Chalker for permission to post this case to my website. -CF-
NOTES BY CF:
A 10,000 gal (U.S. Liq.) = 1336.81 cubic feet
B This swirling and sucking up motion of the water is explained in my paper “Physical Influences of a UFO on Water” on my home page, under “Other Topics of Interest.”
C 1 chain = 20.1168 meters = 66 feet
UFOCAT PRN – 111856
UFOCAT URN – NONE Chalker, W. and Basterfield, K., “The Rosedale Landing with Physical Traces,” FSR, 26:6, 1981
UFOCAT URN – NONE MUFON UFO Journal, # 156, February 1981, p. 3
UFOCAT URN – 111856 APRO Bulletin, December 1981, p. 3 (on-site investigation)
UFOCAT URN – NONE “Rosedale, Victoria - A Close Encounter” by K. Basterfield and B. Chalker, UFORAN, 2:1, Jan-Feb 1981, 17-22
UFOCAT URN – 148514 UFOs 1947-1987 by Hilary Evans, p. 193, © 1987
Australia - Victoria
Sale Latitude 38-06-00 S, Longitude 147-04-00 E (D-M-S)
Melbourne Latitude 37-49-00 S, Longitude 144-58-00 E
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