No-one can say that the Aborigines hadn't warned them. Since settlers first arrived, in the late 18th century, the stories had been told.
The Australian Outback was home to not one, but two species of Hairy Men. The more ferocious of them stood at up to 10ft tall. Covered head to toe in thick, black hair, with human-like fingers ending in talons. Their yellow eyes watched from the foliage; and when they attacked, it was with uncommon strength, speed and stamina.
The white men thought that the natives were just trying to scare them away. But then, in 1790, a man from Sydney saw one too. The sightings have not stopped since.