Michael Terry bibliography

July 21, 2012

Michael Terry wrote extensively about his explorations.  His later travel journalism is less well-known, but probably was much more widely read, in popular mass-market publications like Walkabout and People.  It is this material which includes his secret visitor speculations. I have found the following references thus far, but doubtless there are more.  This list will be updated when necessary, and any additional references are most welcome.

Terry’s life is documented in his manuscript autobiography, which was completed by his sister Charlotte after his death [Barnard 1987].  A later historian of Northern Territory exploration discusses some of the problems in filling the gaps in Terry’s life, when he had carefully edited the surviving documentary record [Dewar 2009].

Terry’s personal papers largely relate to correspondence from the 1960s-70s and of letters received.  He does annotate the date of his reply on many of them, but almost none of his own responses are preserved [NLA 611-1].  In individual posts relating to particular claims I have tried to verify the presumed sequence of correspondence, including letters that are lost.

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Special issue on Pseudoarchaeology and Religion in Numen

June 10, 2012

It’s not very often at all that you see an academic paper on pseudoarchaeology, so its some sort of red-letter event when one entire issue of an academic journal devotes itself to the subject.  Perhaps its not a coincidence that the transit of Venus is taking place; both are equally rare events and maybe planets and celestial bodies have to be in the right alignment for this to happen.

Numen is an academic journal that is, as its subtitle says  an ‘International review for the history of religions’.  Guest editors James R Lewis and Pia Andersson of the University of Tromso, Norway, and Stockholm University respectively, corralled a number of scholars to contribute papers on the aspects of pseudoarchaeology that deal with a broad range of issues relating to belief and faith.

The contents of the special issue, and abstracts from the publisher’s website follow.

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Anne O’Grady – The Ibis Seal [1975]

April 18, 2011

The Ibis seal is an adventure romance set in Cape York, near Torres Strait.  It features a cast of flawed men and women who all recognise the potential of a lost treasure to get themselves out of their humdrum existence.  What interests me about this book is that O’Grady takes ‘[t]he theories of the Australian explorer Michael Terry’ for her plot, and that the treasures that they compete for come from a lost Egyptian settlement.   Read the rest of this entry »


Robert Drewe’s Fortune [1986]

March 14, 2011

In 1986 Robert Drewe published his third novel.  The title Fortune derives from the central story of the book, the obsession of shipwreck hunter Don Spargo who finds the Dutch wreck Fortuyn.

The novel is set around Drewe’s lightly fictionalised narrative of his journalistic career, firstly in Perth and then Sydney, which is interspersed with breaks to attempt full-time writing.  The narrative follows a series of unintended long-resonating connections, beginning with the true story of cartoonist Len Lawson who wrote the popular Australian Lone Avenger comic books but who began a career of rape and murder that saw him jailed first in 1954.  This leads to delayed repercussions on a succession of people, ultimately leading us to Don Spargo.  Spargo is the very lightly disguised Allan Robinson, the larger than life Western Australian shipwreck finder.  Robinson claims he independently found the Vergulde Draeck, written up here as Drewe’s Fortuyn and then lost the location, coming back with others in 1963.  Robinson’s claim of early discovery is discounted, and this lack of official recognition was to rankle with him for the rest of his life [Robinson 1980]. Read the rest of this entry »


Rex Gilroy bibliography

March 6, 2011

Rex Gilroy has been a prolific writer on secret visitors, as well as on UFOs, cryptozoology and other topics.  Much of his material before 1995 originated as newspaper press releases or stories and these have been collated into his major publications, often with only minor editing.  Since 1995 he has produced a large number of books on these topics.

What follows is a chronological listing of the material relating to Rex Gilroy’s secret visitor theories.  I do not cover his URU theory at all, once that name appears, apart from the books.  Therefore you might find in the following list some early mentions of megalithic cultures but not the more developed material on Uru.  I have included together items where he is the author and other newspaper coverage where Rex is either the subject or a significant part of the story.  I think that is more useful than multiple lists.  I’ll periodically edit the list and include any other references that have been suggested.  The last update [Dec 2014] follows a visit to the excellent Cairns Historical Society resource centre and a raid on their well-catalogued newsclipping collection.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.  Greg Foster, who runs the Gilroy websites, notes that he has a file of more than 2,700 newsclippings by or about Rex Gilroy and his discoveries across all subject areas.  Hopefully this will be a more tractable sampling.

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