A while ago, Australian researcher, Keith Basterfield posted the following information on the Balwyn case to his blog at
"Many Internet accounts seem to assume an automatic link between the 2 Apr 1966 Balwyn, Melbourne, Victoria UAP photograph and the 6 Apr 1966 Westall
incident. However, almost none of the Internet sources provides the text of original documentation on Balwyn. This post provides such text.
May-Jun 1966 issue. APRO Bulletin:
“Best Photo Yet – In Australia
Peter Norris has forwarded a print of the clear colored photograph taken by a prominent Melbourne businessman on the 2nd of April. Although the
photographer asks anonymity, he is a member of the VFSRS and is known and vouched for by Mr Norris.
2.20pm on the 2nd, the man was in his garden using up the remainder of the film in his Polaroid color camera. Suddenly, a bright reflection caught his
eye, and he looked up and saw a bell-shaped object hovering, on its side, over the house. The man snapped the photo, whereupon the object accelerated
at great speed and took off in a northerly direction. He estimated the object was about 20 to 25 feet in diameter, and at about 150 feet altitude.
If at all possible, the photo will be included with this article [KB – it was.] In the black and white print the bottom appears black but in
actuality, in the color photo, it is pink, reflecting the color of the roof over which the object hovered.”
Australian Flying Saucer Review (Vic edition) July 1966:
“VFSRS member snaps a UFO
A Polaroid colour photograph of a UFO is now under investigation by the VFSRS.
The photograph was obtained in Balwyn, Victoria at 2.02pm on Saturday, April 2nd by a society member who has requested that his name be withheld for
The member’s description of the incident is as follows;
“It was a warm, clear day, and suddenly the whole garden became lit up. It was like a reflection from huge mirror being shone on the garden.
I looked up and saw an object bright and shiny coming towards me. It would have been 20 feet to 25 feet in diameter and was about 120 feet up in the
It seemed to float towards me. It resembled a big mushroom with a stalk pointing towards the earth.
Then it spun through an 180 degree angle on its vertical axis to take up the position in which I photographed it.
Then it turned slowly through another 180 degrees on its horizontal axis, to bring the stalk facing me.
From an almost stationary position it shot off northwards at terrific speed, accelerating to what seemed to be hundreds of miles an hour in
I ran and got a carpenter who was working on the house. Seconds after took off we heard a boom, similar to the sound jets make when going through the
One interesting aspect of the photograph is a shading of pink directly on the bottom part of the UFO. This appears to be a reflection of the pink
tiles of the roof over which the UFO was apparently passing at the time the photograph was taken.
When details of the photographic experts’ analyses are to hand they will be published in an issue forthcoming.”
Sep-Oct 1966 issue. APRO Bulletin:
“The Balwyn Photo
A complete photo analysis of the photograph of a bell-shaped object hovering over a residential section of Balwyn (Melbourne suburb), Australia, has
arrived at headquarters.
Along with the analysis which proves the photo authentic (see page 1, May-Jun issue) was the identity of the photographer, and the office was
surprised to find that he is one of our many Australian members.
Mr X has an extremely important position in Melbourne, and it is easy to see why he would hesitate to be identified with a UFO picture, or incident
considering the controversial nature of the subject. The full story:
Mr X was in his garden of his home when his attention was attracted by a brilliant flash, as if some huge mirror was reflecting light to the garden.
He looked up and saw the object coming in his general direction. It appeared to be between 20 and 25 feet in diameter and about 150 feet altitude. It
resembled a big mushroom with its short stalk pointed earthward.
Mr X ran to get a carpenter who was working in the house so that he could watch the object also.
The object spun through a 180 degree angle on its vertical axis ending up with its rim pointing down. Mr X who had been using up film in his Polaroid
color camera snapped the photo and waited from the timing process before pulling it out. The object then turned slowly through another 180 degrees on
its horizontal axis, whereupon the “stalk” part was facing Mr X.
From this almost stationary position, the object shot off to the north at great speed. Seconds after it took off the two men heard a boom, “similar
to the sound jets make when going through the sound barrier.”
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