We kick things off with the usual bio/background on Bill Chalker and find out how he got interested in the UFO phenomenon. We begin our investigation of Australian Ufology by first finding out about the history of the phenomenon Down Under. He tells us about a key case from 1868 in Australia which resembled a contactee-type event and another key case from 1927 which resembled "an early version of the Mothman prophecy." We also talk about some of the Aboriginal history related to UFOs.

We compare and contrast the evolution of the UFO phenomenon in Australia with its American counterpart. This includes some fascinating perspective on how the UFO subject was viewed by the Australian media and public during the early years of the "modern UFO era." Bill tells us about the first big national UFO flap in Victoria, Australia in 1954. We find out if there has been any change in description of UFOs, as has seemed to be the case here in America.

Next, Bill talks about one of the key cases in Australian UFO history, starting with a detailed recounting of a 1954 sighting by a Royal Australian Navy pilot, which drew national attention in Australia and was studied by famous US Ufologists Dr. Jim McDonald and J.Allen Hynek. We find out about the uniqueness of UFO waves in Australia, which Bill says "have a pretty distinct pattern." Bill tells us about the "Father Gill case" from 1959 in Papua New Guinea, then an Australian colony. Bill recounts the 1978 Valentich case, which saw a pilot disappear after a UFO encounter, a story which gained global prominence in UFO circles.

We also find out about the Mundrabilla case of 1988, another UFO encounter that gained worldwide prominence. Bill explains how this case changed the tenor of UFO reports in Australia and served as a cautionary tale for UFO witnesses in the country. Looking at the 1990's, Bill tells us about how the abduction phenomenon took the country by storm and pushed UFO reports to the wayside. We then find out about the two most prominent abduction cases in Australia, starting with the Kelly Cahill case. Bill shares a decision he made, with regards to the case, that he later says he grew to regret.

The other key abduction case discussed is Peter Khoury's abduction experience. Bill recounts Khoury's initial confusion over the abduction and the revelation of what had happened after seeing a billboard for the paperback release of "Communion" in Australia. This leads to Bill talking about Khoury's 1992 experience, that resulted in the recovery of physical evidence, the research of which would become the basis for Bill's book "Hair of the Alien."

Bill Chalker is one of Australia's leading UFO researchers and has written extensively on the subject. He is a contributing editor for the International UFO Reporter and coordinates the NSW UFO INVESTIGATION CENTRE (UFOIC). He was the Australian representative for the Aerial Phenomena Research Organisation (APRO) from 1978 to 1986 and NSW state representative for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) from 1976 to 1993.

In 1996, Bill Chalker's book on the Australia UFO experience, "The OZ Files: the Australian UFO story", was published in Australia by Duffy & Snellgrove. 2005 saw the publication of his second book "Hair of the Alien" which details his forensic investigation into the Peter Khoury abduction case.

His websites are www.theozfiles.com and ozfiles.blogspot.com

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