Thylacine Researchers: Dawn Anderson

Along with Kath Alcock, Dawn investigated hundreds of South Australian thylacine reports starting in the 1960's (see Harris, 1968; Parker, 1970). 


"Rosalie, the 12-year-old daughter of one member [Field Naturalists' Society], Mrs. Dawn Anderson, of Spence, was one of a busload of people who reported that a thylacine had run alongside the bus for about a mile near Naracoorte recently. Rosalie described the animal as fast-moving and dog-like, with a tapering tail like a kangaroo and a striped body.

Mrs. Anderson has spent the past six months collecting and collating reports of thylacine sightings. She is now quite positive that these animals exist in the area.
"In fact," she says, "I think they exist in numbers. I have had reports of thylacines being sighted hundreds of miles apart on the same day. Other reports are of two seen at once, and of animals with varying size and colouring, which would indicate different ages. These reports have come from highly respectable and responsible citizens. And I have seen evidence myself.""

Source: Harris, Samela. (1968). Hold that tiger! Walkabout 34(6): 28-31.


"in July, 1967, when the passengers and driver of a Lucindale school bus had a clear view of an animal as it loped parallel with their vehicle—a mere few yards away at the side of the road—for about a mile. This sighting was fully reported in local and city newspapers. Rosalie Anderson, then 13, was one of the bus passengers, and her mother, Mrs. Dawn Anderson, intrigued, tried to draw the animal described by Rosalie, the driver, Mr. Bob Jackson, and other children. After much erasing and modification, the children were satisfied that she had drawn a fair representation of what they saw. The drawing at the top of this page is a tracing of that one."

Source: Parker, Heather. (1970). Is it the Tasmanian Tiger? The Australian Women's Weekly, Wednesday, 25 February, p. 35, 56, 61.