reply to post by torsion
Regarding your question about articles on the Westall incident, this is what I am aware of from the public record:
In 1966, apart from the two front-page articles by Des Carroll, and the two columns by Dave Oakley, in "The Dandenong Journal" (with a couple of
associated letters to the editor), and the small story in "The Age", from the time of the sighting, and then in the journal of the Victorian Flying
Saucer Research Society "The Australian Flying Saucer Review", there is also a mention in a larger article about UFOs in the 8 September, 1966
edition of "Australasian Post", which draws almost entirely on the earlier "Review" article.
Very strangely, there was no mention of the story in the main tabloid newspaper in Melbourne at the time, called "The Sun News Pictorial" - although
they did publish a cartoon about a flying saucer in the next day's edition!
A Westall High School student's account also appeared in an edition (Term 1, 1967) of "The Clayton Calendar", the magazine of Brown's Road State
School (now called Clayton Primary School), where that student had previously attended. The primary school teacher, a Mr Adrian Waugh, who organised
the article, got into a lot of trouble for publishing it (the article's author has told me)!
Next is an article in the "Westernport Bay News" of around 19 April, 1967, penned by Paul Norman, of the VFSRS. Next was an article by John Hallows
in "The Australian" on 15 May, 1968 which, again, was dealing with the larger question of UFOs, and looks at Westall as an example.
The next references I am aware of are those by newspaper journalist and author John Pinkney, in the occasional newspaper article, which rely heavily
on conversations with members of the Victorian UFO Research Society. These were also published in his 2000 book "A Paranormal File". There is also
another reference to the Westall story in the VUFORS's "Australian UFO Bulletin", December edition.
Lastly, in her 2003 book "Firestorm: Dr James E. McDonald's Fight for UFO Science" Ann Druffel reproduces the conversation between James McDonald
and Andrew Greenwood from 1967, in which McDonald interviews Greenwood about his sighting at Westall, where he was on the staff of the high school as
a science teacher.
Bill Chalker has been aware of the Westall story for a very long time, I am sure and, as you said, wrote at length about it in his book "The Oz
And that's all that I am aware of - from the public record - until I turned up and started my research in 2005. Since then, of course, there have
been various newspaper and magazine articles, and radio and TV interviews. And, naturally, a lot of material posted to various Internet sites, such as
this one, and my own, and others.
It is frustrating, of course, that there are not more primary investigative accounts from the time, or closer to the time. The story was certainly
swept under the carpet, it seems, and discussion about it was simply not encouraged. Other people, of course, just forgot about it, and moved on, as
people do. Australian history, local history anywhere, certainly UFO history, is of course littered with such stories that are lost - or almost lost -
to the sands of time.
Hope this helps.