THIS IS AN OLD PARADISE POST (formerly Stargazers) article from many years ago. Enjoy! New Guinea June 26-27, 1959. 25 Witnesses
William B. Gill, an Anglican priest with a mission in Bosinai, Papas New Guinea, observed craft-like UFOs — one with Humanoid figures on top — on two consecutive evenings, June 26-27, 1959. About twenty-five natives, including teachers and medical technicians, also observed the phenomena. They “signaled” the humanoids and received an apparent response.
This was one of sixty UFO sightings within a few weeks in the New Guinea area. An approximate chronology of the complex series of sightings follows (based on Father Gill’s log of events and a summary report by his colleague, the Reverend Norman Cruttwell):
- June 26–6:45 P.M. Large sparkling light seen by Father Gill in western sky. Called natives who also saw it.
- 6:55–7:04 P.M. Up to four illuminated humanoid figures seen on top of object off and on.
- 7:10–7:20 P.M. Sky now overcast at about 2,000 feet. Humanoid figures seen again, and a “thin electric blue spotlight” upward from the UFO, hovering below the overcast. UFO disappears in clouds.
- 8 :28–8:35 P.M. Skies clear again; UFO visible, appearing to descend and increase in size. Second object seen over sea, “hovering at times,” and another over village.
- 8:50–9:30 P.M. Clouds forming again. Large UFO stationary, others (about three) like disks coming and going through clouds, casting a light halo on the clouds. Large UFO moves away rapidly across sea toward Giwa.
- 9:46–10:30 P.M. UFO reappears overhead. Hovering.
- 10:50–P.M. Heavy overcast; no sign of UFO.
- 11:04–P.M. Heavy rain.
- June 27–6-7 P.M. Large UFO seen again. First sighted by medical technician at hospital, before dark. Closest sighting yet: seen clearly, bright and sparkling.
Humanoid figures seen on top. Father Gill and about twelve others in group waved at humanoids and one of figures appeared to wave back. One member of the group waved both arms, and figures apparently responded by waving both arms.
Two smaller objects remained visible, stationary at a higher altitude. 7:45 P.M. Sky overcast; no UFOs visible. On the first night, Father Gill stepped out the front door of the mission house after dinner, about 6:45 P.M., and glanced at the western sky looking for Venus, which was conspicuous at the time.
“I saw Venus,” he said. “but I also saw this sparkling object, which to me was peculiar because it sparkled and because it was very, very bright. and it was above Venus and so that caused me to watch it for a while, then I saw it descend towards us.”
Father Gill estimated the object’s angular diameter as about five inches at arm’s Length. Stephen Gill Moi, a teacher who joined Father GilI a few minutes later, said that if he put his hand out closed, it would cover about half of the object. In a signed statement, the witnesses agreed that the object was circular, had a wide base and a narrower upper “deck,” had something like legs beneath it, at times produced a shaft of blue light which shone upward into the sky at an angle of about 45 degrees, and that four humanoid figures appeared on top. Some of the witnesses described seeing about four portholes or windows on the side. Father Gill saw what appeared to be bright panels on the side but did not interpret them as portholes.
“As we watched it,” Father Gill said, “men came out from this object and appeared on top of it, on what seemed to be a deck on top of the huge disk. There were four men in all, occasionally two, then one, then three, then four; we noted the various times the men appeared . . . . “Another peculiar thing was this shaft of blue light. which emanated from what appeared to be the centre of the deck. The men appeared to be illuminated not only by this light reflected on them, but also by a sort of glow which completely surrounded them as well as the craft. The glow did not touch them, but there appeared to be a little space between their outline and the light.. . .”
Father Gill described the movements of the objects, especially the smaller disks, as very erratic. They sometimes moved rapidly, sometimes slowly, approaching and receding, changing direction, and at times swinging back and forth like a pendulum. One object moved away and appeared to descend toward Wadobuna village, and everyone thought it was going to land. The Papuana ran down on the beach, but the object swooped up and away over the mountains, turning red as it disappeared. When the large object disappeared at 9:30 P.M.
Father Gill said it made a slight wavering motion, then suddenly shot away at tremendous speed, changing color to red and blue-green, and disappeared across the bay, vanishing. No sound was heard throughout.
The next evening, about 6 P.M., the same or a similar object reappeared while the sky was still bright, first seen by Annie Laura Borews, a Papuan medical assistant at the hospital. She called Father Gill, who in turn called Ananias and several other to watch.
“We watched figures appear on top.” Father Gill said. “Four of them. There is no doubt that they were human. This is possibly the same object that I took to be the ‘mother ship’ last night. Two smaller UFOs were seen at the same time, stationary, one above the hills, west, and another overhead.” Two of the figures seemed to be doing something, occasionally bending over and raising their arm as if “adjusting or setting up something [not visible]. One figure seemed to be standing, looking down on us (a group of about a dozen).” This figure, he explained later, was standing with his hands on the “rail” looking over, “just as one will look over the rails of a ship.”
“I stretched my arm above my head and waved. To our surprise the figure did the same. Ananias waved both arms over his head, then the two outside figures did the same. Ananias and self began waving our arms and all four seemed to wave back. There seemed to be no doubt that our movements were answered.
All the Mission boys made audible gasps (of either joy or surprise, perhaps both).” As darkness began to settle in, Father Gill sent one of the natives for a flashlight and directed a series of signals (”long dashes”) toward the UFO. After a minute or two, the UFO wavered back and forth like a pendulum, in apparent acknowledgment. They waved and flashed signals again, and the UFO appeared to Descend toward them, but stopped and came no closer. After two or three more minutes, the figures disappeared. Then, at 6:45 P.M., two figures resumed their activity, and the blue spotlight came on for a few seconds twice in succession. By 7:45 P.M. the sky was totally overcast and no UFOs were visible. Thus ended the sightings. In his evaluation of the incidents, Dr. Donald H. MENZEL, a Harvard University astronomer who wrote three UFO debunking books, refers to the natives as ‘uneducated” and to Father Grill as being their “great leader,” to them “a holy man” (implying that they were influenced in their testimony). He attributed the sightings to the plant Venus viewed myopically by Father Gill. Venus, he noted, was very conspicuous in the west setting about three hours after the sun.
“I think it significant that, despite the brilliance of Venus, none of the sightings by Father Gill and the mission group refers to that planet.” Menzel then openly assumed that Father Gill was myopic and without glasses at the time, that he ”probably” had appreciable astigmatism as well (causing him to see a distorted image of Venus), plus blood cells on the retina producing illusory motion. He concluded. “Since a very simple hypothesis accounts, without any strain, for the reported observations. I shall henceforth consider the Father Gill case as solved. Moreover, I feel the same phenomena are responsible for some of the more spectacular unsolved cases in the Air Force files.” (See HYNEK, J. A., The UFO experience, 1972.)
Dr. J. Allen Hynek, the former Air Force UFO consultant, notes in rebuttal that Father Gill was wearing properly corrected glasses at the time and that “Venus was pointed out separately by Gill.” Although any prolonged series of UFO sightings with excited witnesses may be “contaminated” by coincidental sightings of aircraft, meteors, or stars and planets glimpsed through moving cloud, the report of a large structured object (with humanoid figures) below a low overcast is not easily explainable. Richard Hall (This web page produced for InterLink:UFO by Francis Ridge & Loy Pressley)
Father Gill and the Night Visitors
What though my winged hours of bliss have been like angel visits, few and far between?
(Pleasures of Hope by Thomas Campbell) UFOs over New Guinea
According to J. Allen Hynek, during the years 1958 – 1959 there were over 60 UFO sightings reported in the Papua New Guinea area, with many of these sightings occurring in the area of Mount Pudi, near the mission station at Boianai. New Guinea was part of Australia until 1975, and the Australian Anglican Church sent many missionaries to the people of the island nation. One of these was Father William Booth Gill, who began 1959 as a skeptic.
On April 5, 1959, Father Gill saw a light on uninhabited Mount Pudi that moved faster than any human could move, and then on June 21, Stephen Moi Gill, Father Gill’s assistant, saw what he described as an “inverted saucer” in the sky above the mission. Of these first sightings, Father Gill wrote to a friend: I do not doubt the existence of these “things” (indeed I cannot, now that I have seen one for myself) but my simple mind still requires scientific evidence before I can accept the from- outer-space theory. I am inclined to believe that probably many UFOs are more likely some form of electric phenomena–or perhaps something brought about by the atom bomb explosions, etc.
That Stephen should actually make out a saucer could be the work of the unconscious mind as it is very likely that at some time he has seen illustrations of some kind in a magazine, or it is very possible that saucers do exist, but it is only a 50/50 chance that they are not earth made, still less that they should carry men (more likely radio-controlled), and it is still unproven that they are solids. It is all too difficult to understand for me; I prefer to wait for some bright boy to catch one to be exhibited in Martin Square.
These sightings were only a prelude, however, to the events of June 26 through June 28. At about 6:45 on June 26, Father Gill saw a bright white light to the northwest. As thirty-eight people at the mission watched, a four-legged disc-shaped object that was approximately the size of five full moons lined up end to end hovered over the mission. On top of the object they saw four human-like figures that appeared to be performing some sort of task. At times one or more of the figures would vanish from sight, only to reappear a few minutes later. At regular intervals a beam of blue light shone upwards from the centre of the craft.
The object was visible until about 7:30, when it ascended into the clouds and vanished. At about 8:30, several smaller objects appeared in the sky, and at 8:50, the first object returned. The four-hour sighting lasted until 10:50, when clouds moved in and blocked the view. Father Gill prepared a written report of the sighting, and twenty-five witnesses signed it. The next day, the large object with “people” on board and two of the smaller objects, returned at about 6:00 p.m. Father Gill described it thus:
Venus waves back On the large one two of the figures seemed to be doing something near the centre of the deck. They were occasionally bending over and raising their arms as though adjusting or “setting up” something. One figure seemed to be standing, looking down at us. Father Gill raised his arm and waved to the figure. To our surprise the figure did the same. Ananias waved both arms over his head; then the two outside figures did the same. Ananias and self began waving our arms, and all four seemed to wave back. There seemed no doubt that our movements were answered…. There was more waving, and signalling with torches, with responses from the UFO.
At 6:30, Father Gill went in to dinner, but at 7:00, the object was still there, only smaller, as if it had moved farther away. When Father Gill checked again, after church at 7:45, the sky was cloudy, and they were gone. The next evening, the UFOs made their final appearance. Father Gill counted eight of them at 6:45 p.m. Oddly, at 11:20, the quiet night was shattered by a loud bang on the roof. Father Gill went outside to check, and saw four UFOs in a sort of circle around the building, but at a very great height. They were still there when he returned to bed. When the roof was checked the next morning, June 29, no evidence of an impact was found. Do UFOs make passes at viewers who need glasses?
Fred Beckman, a colleague of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, who actually went to Papua and traveled with Father Gill to Boainai, notes in rebuttal that Father Gill was wearing properly corrected glasses at the time and that Venus was pointed out separately by Gill. What did Father Gill see?
QUOTES FROM SETI FAQ PAGE:
Q: Why can’t we just send a spacecraft out to look for other planets and life orbiting other stars?
A: The stars are simply too far away. Our best rockets travel at about 10 miles per second. Even to reach the nearest other star system, Alpha Centauri, at about 4.2 light-years’ distance, would take such a rocket 60,000 years. There are about a thousand stars like the Sun within 100 light-years of us. To investigate them all with spacecraft would take millions of years and vast amounts of money.
THE FERMI PARADOX
Prof. Dr. Enrico Fermi when discussing with other colleagues that there should be lots of alien civilisations in our Galaxy, said that if that were true, that at least some of them should have spread out and conquered a lot of the Galaxy by now, as in Evolutionary terms, they’ve had ample time to develop technology with which to colonize the Milky Way a long time ago! So he asked, “But where is everybody?” Where are these aliens?
Ever since people have tried to answer our apparent cosmic loneliness. Some say that to establish galactic empires lies even beyond the capabilities of very advanced alien cultures. Seth Shostak of SETI Research figures that propulsion energy to cover such long distances would be too costly even for Aliens, to procure.
I would say, that if they are that much advanced, they could at least have harnessed fusion technology, which runs far and wide on very small amounts of fuel.
Others say, that they actually ARE out there, but that they are hiding from us.This is the “zoo hypothesis” (I’m not joking!) that we may be some aliens’ high tech ecological exhibit, kind of with one way glass!
Now mind you, scientists can proffer any theory, as long as it stays within the confines of materialist philosophy. But now this last one, which I like the most, smacks of religion, but of course disguised as materialism.
This theory, of Arthur C. Clarke, (who ever he is) states that the Galaxy IS colonized, BUT “truly advanced engineering projects would be indistinguishable from (are you ready?) from MAGIC!” He says that the evidence of alien presence is so beyond us that we simply don’t recognize it! This illumined SETI writer adds that it is “like mice in the Louvre checking out the Mona Lisa!” I guess he means that mice have no conception of frames, paint, art, 2 dimensional portrayal of 3 dimensional things, and no idea of the price!
You know what I think? I think scientists are like mice crawling over the Mona Lisa of this Universe, only thinking of the work of art in terms of materialistic crumbs to eat! I wouldn’t be surprised that these very SETI scientists don’t believe one bit in their work, but like the crumb of a safe job on a several million budget supplied by for example Hewlett Packard among others, and do their job out of convenience.
But one thing is true, and you can read how on this page: True alien “technology” is like magic to us, as we have no clue how they do it; appearing, disappearing, walking through walls, creation by thought alone, telepathic communication, instant change of appearance. They laugh at me sometimes, as I am a funny guy, but they find scientists most hilarious, although many of them do a lot of damage that is not so funny, as most scientific discoveries were done for military purposes. And they have no twinge of consciousness it seems. Developing better land-mines, nuclear bombs, faster delivery systems, cluster bombs. “Save the whales?”
Oh my God, save the humans! And I mean civilians! Darn it!
How is it that man only accepts as scientific that which belongs to the 4 dimensions, but as soon as phenomena or experiences cross over into or originate from the 5th dimension, it isn’t called science any more. Isn’t that weird?