Some of the earliest recorded crop circles occurred in Australia; this page will document the history of crop circles in Australia. As usual, if you notice any errors please contact me.
The History of Crop Circles In Australia
The first recorded crop circles in Australia occurred around the Township of Tully in North Queensland.
These first crop circles occurred before the term "crop circle" had been created. The popular press called them "saucer nests", riding on the back of the UFO hysteria that was rampant in the 1960's and the fact that the farmer who found them saw a circular light rising from the swamp where the crop circles were formed.
The Dumbleyung Crop Circles
These, relatively complex, crop circles were discovered by a prospector using Google Earth to search for meteor craters. The Dumbleyung crop circles below are a good example of how Google Earth can be used to locate crop circles in remote regions that otherwise would have remained undiscovered. Undiscovered crop circles are important because it contradicts the idea that crop circles are created by people who are motivated either to create hoaxes or to get publicity for themselves or both. If a crop circle is not pubicised, that is it remains undiscovered until someone chances on it in aerial photography archives such as the Google Earth "history setting" this is a strong indication that it was not a man made formation, because why would someone create a hoax and not tell anyone about it?
The two formations below were found in canola fields in a very isolated part of the grain belt of south west Western Australia. As you can see the canola had been harvested at the time the satellite image used by Google Earth was taken so the crop circles are not very distinct. The larger crop circle is over 60 meters in diameter. There was no record of these remote crop circles until they were discovered by the prospector. A ground examination by a colleague about a year after they were discovered showed no ground structures and examination of three sets of satellite images (Land Sat images not Google Earth) over the preceding 20 years shows no repetition that would indicate sub soil structures.
The farmer who owned the land was interviewed and he had no knowledge of the existence of these crop circles. So it seems pretty unlikely that some random hoaxer would have made these formations hundreds of miles from any town or population center on the off chance that a satellite might get a picture of them and as no one has ever claimed to have made them it seems pretty unlikely that they are the work of human hands.
THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION (23.2.2015) If you have any more information on early Australian crop circles you would like to share please email me. Thanks
The Tully event began with farmer George Pedley, driving a tractor on land belonging to Albert Pennisi in the Euramo area, on January 19, 1966. At around 9am, Pedley heard a hissing sound and then claimed to have seen a "flying saucer" rise from the swamp in Horseshoe Lagoon, and fly away.
Going over to investigate, Pedley discovered a circle of clockwise swirled reeds, measuring 30 feet in diameter (roughly 9 metres).
Later in the day, Pedley fetched Pennisi to witness the circle, and he not only did so, but waded out into the water (see photo, right). By doing so, Pennisi learned that the reeds were not bent over, but physically uprooted from the lagoon bed, and somehow swirled into a floating mat on the surface of the water.
This event is often thought to be an isolated case involving just this one nest. However, there were several.
The local press took an immediate interest in the event and sightseers began to arrive. Two more nests were located, hidden among the thick swamp grass, and smaller than the first. One was swirled clockwise and the other anti-clockwise. Also found was a completely bare rectangle in the reeds, in which the plants had been uprooted and disappeared from the vicinity.
As news continued to spread others came looking, and local farmer Lou Lardi found two more, with yet another discovered shortly afterwards, which exhibited a scorched centre. This made six nests at the site.
It seems that this was not the first such incident in the Euramo region. The RAAF investigated this case, and noted, "During enquiries a number of local residents stated that the reported "nests" are fairly common during the onset of the "wet" [season]." This suggests that such circles had been seen repeatedly.
Cases pre-dating 1966 are hardly recorded however. Ted Phillips has catalogued a similar nest from 1965, which is the only definite case on record. According to a report in Crop Watcher magazine (issue 14), Tully local and UFO researcher Claire Noble confirmed earlier cases had been reported. According to Andrew Collins, "Claire later confirmed that there were circles in both the reeds and in sugar cane before 1966, but their importance was never realised until after George Pedley's encounter."
Approx. location of crop circle
The Tully crop circle photographed the day are its discovery. Reeds in a swamp, rather than grain in a field. In fact many crop circles do not appear in crops at all but in grass, weeds and even black berry patches. Its just that those in crops are more obvious.
Local farmer George Pedley standing one of the Tully crop circles. Note that the water is almost waist deep and that the reeds were uprooted and then laid flat.