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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

1968, SMITHFIELD, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, SOMEONE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The ufology Group UFO Research New South Wales recorded that in 1968 in Smithfield, New South Wales, Australia, a 21-year old woman was walking home across a small park when she saw an object about 100 meters away, moving at low speed.

Arriving home, she got out a telescope and saw it as a disc with a square window on the top portion, and a black figure with arms outstretched, silhouetted by yellow light, in this window.

One late version indicates that the witness was a machinist, a man, and that on the underneath of the craft were blue and orange pulsating lights rotating in an anti-clockwise direction.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000455
Date of event: 1968
Earliest report of event: 2000?
Delay of report: 3 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufologist.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Basterfield.
First alleged record type: Ufologist.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: January 25, 2008
This file last updated on: January 25, 2008
Country of event: Australia
State/Department: New South Wales
Type of location: Park, then in or near residence.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Uncertain
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 21
Witnesses types: Not reported. Machinist, woman, possibly man.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported or not visible.
Entities outfit color: Not reported or not visible.
Entities skin color: Not reported or not visible.
Entities body: Not reported. Arms strechted.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported or not visible.
Entities mouth: Not reported or not visible.
Entities nose: Not reported or not visible.
Entities feet: Not reported or not visible.
Entities arms: Not reported. Outstretched.
Entities fingers: Not reported or not visible.
Entities fingers number: Not reported or not visible.
Entities hair: Not reported or not visible.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Was in UFO.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, got telescope, observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible helicopter.
Explanation certainty: Low.

Narratives:

[Ref. kb1:] KEITH BASTERFIELD:

The Australian ufologist indicates that in 1968 in Smithfield, New South Wales, Australia, a 21-year old woman who was walking home across a small park saw an object about 100 meters away, moving at low speed.

Arriving home, she got out a telescope and saw it as a disc with a square window on the top portion, and a black figure with arms outstretched, silhouetted by yellow light, in this window.

Keith Basterfield indicates that the source is UFORNSW NA72036.

[Ref. an1:] PARANET ARTICLE:

[Other cases]

In 1968, Smithfield NSW, a 21 year old machinist walking home from work, saw, whilst crossing a small park, upon looking up, a very unusual object in the sky which was very close to him - estimated at 200-500 feet away. The witness ran quickly home and got out his telescope and, looking through it, saw the object. It was saucer shaped. On the top half there was a squarish window at which stood a blackish figure silhouetted by yellow light with both arms outstretched on the window sill. On the underneath of the craft were blue and orange pulsating lights rotating in an anti-clockwise direction.

[Other cases]

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that Smithfield, New South Wales Australia, in 1968, at night, a young woman walking home across a small park saw an object moving at slow speed nearby. Arriving home she took out a telescope and was able to see that it was a disc with a square window on the top. In the window she watched a black figure with its arms outstretched surrounded by a yellow light.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Keith Basterfield.

Points to consider:

It would have been enough to have the information on whether this craft at 100 meters was noisy or not not have a way to exclude that it could have been an helicopter. Just because this essential information is missing, it could have been one.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe January 25, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe January 25, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Investigation report not available, if any. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe January 25, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Brief summary not alowing to exclude an helicopter as one possible cause of the sighting. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe January 25, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross How, when and to whom reported not known. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe January 25, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single and unnamed unknown witness. Help needed. Opened.
6 Ufology Severe January 25, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No information on angular size, elevation, trajectory, direction, etc. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible helicopter.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 25, 2008 Creation, [kb1], [an1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross January 25, 2008 First published.

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