The History of VUFORS
The earliest U.F.O. group to form in Australia was the "Australian
Flying Saucer Bureau" under the direction of Edgar
Jarrold and Andrew Tomas, in the early 1950s. At the same time,
Fred Stone inaugurated the "Australian Flying Saucer
Research Society" in Adelaide. After approximately
two years the Bureau closed down and was regarded as a branch
of the "Australian Flying Saucer Research Society"
under Andrew Tomas. This shortly broke from Adelaide and became
the "Australian U.F.O. Investigation Centre"
with Dr. Clifford at its head until 1958, when the Presidency
passed to Dr. Lindtner.
The "Australian Flying Saucer Research Society (Victorian
Branch)" was formed on the 17th of February, 1957 as
a branch of the "Australian Flying Saucer Research Society"
and later that year was re-organised as the "Victorian
Flying Saucer Research Society" with Mr. Peter E. Norris
L.L.B. as President. In 1968 the name was again altered - this
time to the "Victorian U.F.O. Research Society".
During this time, the Society has published various papers
and is probably best known for its publication Australian
Flying Saucer Review, curtailed in 1972 due to high costs
and subsequently superseded by the Australian U.F.O. Bulletin
and at one stage sponsored and produced a quarter-hour program
on a Melbourne radio station under the heading of "The
Truth Behind Flying Saucers".
In 1978, following the resignation of Mr. Peter Norris the
current executive, Mrs. Judith Magee, Messrs. Paul Norman and
Clive Yates, was placed in control, ensuring that continuing
prosperity of V.U.F.O.R.S. The Society has held a dispassionate
attitude on U.F.O.s, claiming it is a scientific problem deserving
closer attention. It has also met regularly in general meetings
and discussion nights and maintained the largest U.F.O. library
in the southern hemishpere. Unfortunately, the loss of books,
probably due to the high cost of postage has forced V.U.F.O.R.S.
to discontinue this service to members.
Membership of this Society - which maintains the largest membership
of any U.F.O. organisation in the Southern Hemisphere - is open
to all who are genuinely interested in the subject.
Last Updated: October, 1998
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P.O. Box 1043 Moorabbin Victoria, Australia 3189
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