And now… Westall ’66: A Suburban UFO Mystery:

Uploaded by  on Apr 18, 2011

At approximately 11.00 am on Wednesday, 6 April 1966, a class of students and a teacher from Westall High School (now Westall Secondary College) were just completing sports on the main oval when an object, described as being a grey saucer shaped craft with a slight purple hue and being about twice the size of a family car, was alleged to have been seen.

Witness descriptions were mixed: Andrew Greenwood, a science teacher, told The Dandenong Journal at the time that he saw a silvery-green disc. According to witnesses the object was descending and then crossed and overflew the high school’s south-west corner, going in a south-easterly direction, before disappearing from sight as it descended behind a stand of trees and into a paddock at The Grange in front of the Westall State School (primary students). After a short period (approximately 20 minutes) the object – with witnesses now numbering over 200 – then climbed at speed and departed towards the north-west. As the object gained altitude some accounts describe it as having been pursued from the scene by five unidentified aircraft which circled the object.

This might be the best UFO documentary I have ever seen.

Why? It’s different. It’s not sensational. Just the facts… dogged perseverance in getting answers and asking questions… lots and lots of nice, juicy questions.

The production values are very high. It took three years to make and has great cinematography. A very nicely executed animation runs intermingled throughout. Tons of research and witness interviews and it even features the work of UFOlogical heavyweight Dr. James E. McDonald, who looked into this case way back when. Nice.

If your computer has Apple’s Quicktime plug in installed, you may (or may not) be able to see the black and white charcoal drawings and animation that are within the film in their own clip at artist Lee Whitmore’s page. YMMV.

The film’s not perfect, though. When I first heard one of the witnesses relaying her story of a girl named Tanya being never seen or heard of again I was intrigued and waiting to see what was dug up, but the matter just didn’t reappear. This seemed uncharacteristic of the perceived attitude of the researcher. Wonder what happened with that. Seems to add a bit of intrigue for fueling the imagination into conjuring things up, but we don’t really know if there is any real significance to that particular piece of the puzzle at all.

The event itself is absolutely fascinating. There’s so much to it!

Military people showed up in twenty minutes flat. That’s telling. The video explains how this is a bit unlikely due to the lack of proximity of area military hangouts. To me it says they knew all about it and were following it around. The uniforms described would seem to indicate that a few of these guys were employed by American services. Whoever they were, they weren’t very nice. The only known photos of this exotic hardware were confiscated on the spot. A teacher had been taking a whole load of shots with her camera… and they took the lot… along with the camera itself. I’ve had the authorities steal my personal property right of my hands, too, with a smug little smile, so I can relate  to that bit.

Westall is quite a sad tale in human terms, a result of the fierce suppression of the kids in being forced to not talk and being told in no uncertain terms that they were all nuts and that they simply didn’t see what they had seen. Detentions were given, interrogations by creepy government suits skilled in mental cruelty, all manner of real bull#&!t – inflicting a lot of long-lasting and very unnecessary emotional and societal pain and confusion. Everybody else was suppressed, too, but most of the witnesses here were school children. Gets the blood boiling.

The saucers themselves (I like calling them saucers. Sounds good.) seem like a pretty sporty model. Sleek, compact and very maneuverable, not to mention their harboring no naughty side effects for any hominin who happen to get near.

Could these things have been ours? Maybe, I suppose, stealth planes were designed and current back then, but these units do seem to be a bit beyond that level of development, so maybe not…

The soldiers stamping out whatever one of these things left behind in the farmer’s field seems to indicate some serious concern on their part, which is also telling. Of what I’m not sure, though.

So what exactly was that nasty little thing left so nicely placed at the center of that mini crop circle, guys, hmmm?

Probe? Triffid seed? Hmmm? What? Didn’t catch that, sorry…

Anyway, I better get this show on the road or it’ll be next year, so, to close and peak your interest further, here’s a nice drawing of the two of them as they were described by the witness known as “V.” Yes, two of them were seen by some, up close and personal!

Westall, drawing of two ufos as seen by "V."

And here’s a Westall UFO as drawn by “V.”

Westall ufo drawn by "V" himself.

Excellent related articles and threads (my sources, these are.)

G’day, mates, enjoy!

Peace.

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Comments
  1. Shane Ryan says:

    G’day from Canberra and thank you for this very comprehensive and positive review of the Westall documentary and the research into the 1966 Westall Incident.

    For your reference, the web site for the Westall film is: http://www.westall66ufo.com.au. There’s a great Study Guide and Media Kit there too for those who are interested in more background information to the story. And of course the HD DVD for the film is available there for purchase, and the film’s trailer can be viewed there as well.

    Also, see the Westall Incident on Facebook and Yahoo Groups for lots of newspaper articles, photos, maps, links, posts etc.

    Cheers, Shane.

    • iggymak says:

      Hey, Shane, g’day and thanks very much for your reply!

      I do appreciate the link to your site as I had indeed visited it a couple of times but still somehow inadvertently left it out of the OP, which is unusual for me… sigh. Probably due to eagerness mixed up in exhaustion. (Life’s a bit strange here at HQ.) So, kudos for that.

      I can recommend the FB and Yahoo sites as well… chock full of goodies the both of them.

      Any plans for more film goodness?

      Cheers, mate.

      Peace to you.

      Iggy

  2. Shane Ryan says:

    Hi Iggy. Yes, the documentary film makers are still hopeful of a free-to-air TV broadcast of the film, in addition to its screenings on pay-TV in Australia in 2010 and 2011. They are also hoping it will get picked up for TV screenings overseas.

    For those who are interested in the story, please also see the Westall Flying Saucer Incident…
    on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/7613851618/
    and Yahoo Groups: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Westallhighschoolufo/

    Cheers, Shane.

  3. iggymak says:

    Here’s another nice article on Writer’s Block called simply, ’66 Westall UFO Incident, courtesy of Shane at the Facebook group linked above.

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