Over the years, Wangaratta and the surrounding districts have
been the recipient of many UFO sightings. Most have been identified
as natural or man made phenomena. But the area has had it's fair
share of unidentifiable objects. That is not to say that they
are extraterrestrial, only that our investigations have failed
to obtain a rational explanation as to what they may be.
Again, we received a sighting that in my opinion and after
comprehensive investigation, I have failed to identify an object
that has been a World wide phenomena that to date has remained
a mystery failing to present a plausible or even an improbable
This is a précis of the official report forwarded to
V.U.F.O.R.S, deleting the names, addresses of the witnesses.
The sighting was reported to me by two Police Officers both
female, who were actually working a nightshift with me. The night
shift commenced on Sunday at 2300 hours to 0700 hours. This was
the first night of seven. The evening was uneventful and the
two witnesses who reside in the Myrtleford area completed their
shift at 0700 hours and were able to get away on time. Both witnesses
travel to work together.
They are stationed at the Wangaratta Police Station being
in the North East of Victoria. To arrive home, the witnesses
travel along the Great Alpine Highway, previously known as the
Ovens Highway. They pass through the townships of Tarrawingee,
Everton and Gapsted. This highway faces in a North / South direction.
On this morning the weather was fine, very cold with light
cloud cover in the east. The sun was rising and there was a red
haze. The rest of the sky was clear and blue.
The reports of the two witnesses go as follows:
It was Monday morning, the 8th of June, 1998 at approximately
0710 hours, and I was traveling home with my work mate. We had
just completed our first night of night shift. It had been an
We were traveling in a southerly direction along the Great
Alpine Highway. As we approached Petticoat Lane, North of Tarrawingee,
my attention was drawn to an object in the east. I was in the
front passengers seat and this object was to my left and to my
front. I would estimate that it was over the Eldorado, Carrargarmungee
area. It was at about 20 degrees above the horizon. There was
only the one object and it was stationary.
I would describe the object as squarish and bright silver.
There was no sound or anything other than the brightness or the
size. To us the object looked the size of an A4 sheet of paper
which is about 30cm X 30cm. It was large, bigger than a coin
but smaller than the moon.
We both watched the object for about 10 to 15 minutes and
during that time it did not change shape or location. We did
not stop the car but continued driving. At the time of this observation
the weather was fine and cold and the sunrise was still present
and red in colour.
We both watched the object through the window of a moving
vehicle. There were clouds, which were only light.They were not
in front of the object. As we continued along the Great Alpine
Highway, the light cloud cover drifted in front of the object
but we were still able to see the light clearly.
In my opinion this object was over the hills in the area I
have mentioned. I was inquisitive and I wish we had a camera
to record the event. It was the brightness that attracted my
attention as I believe it was for my friend.
I would describe the object as a doorway in the sky and bright
like someone had placed a piece of tin foil in the sky and the
light was reflecting off it.
The description is as WITNESS #1 with the following differences.
These are that the object was about 15 to 20 degrees above the
horizon. The shape was square or rectangular. The size was about
35cm X 40cm and that the object was watched for about 15 to 20
minutes. This witness stated that it was like tin foil in the
sky and that it was smooth and shiny.
Investigations conducted revolved around certain possibilities,
a balloon, aircraft, an inversion layer or other natural phenomena.
Checks with local authorities failed to shed any light on the
first two possibilities. I was unable to confirm or deny an inversion
Conversations with employees of the local newspaper did not assist
in locating any other witnesses to this phenomena.
Both witnesses described the object as a doorway. Witness
#1, suggested it was a doorway in the sky with the light emitting
from the interior. Witness #2 described it as the doorway to
El Nino. Reports from other locations around the world have also
described the object as a doorway in the sky. To date no explanation
or hypothesis as to the identity of the object has been forthcoming.
Both witnesses watched the object whilst driving and at no
stage did they stop the vehicle to fully observe it. As stated
the object remained visible to the witnesses until the tree cover
caused them to loose sight of it.
This was a daylight sighting and it is feasible to construe
that the sun may be reflecting of the surface, thus indicating
a solid object.
Both witnesses are honest and reliable who have no reason
to prevaricate this sighting. I believe that their representation
of the incident is accurate and truthful.
As a result of our inquiries and pending an acceptable explanation,
this file shall remain unexplained.
North East Representative.
Last Updated: January,
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