The Monster that ate Canberra (No, not Stanhope…)

Thumper 11 October 2005 32

Okay, I was having my daily laugh at the letters writers on the CT site when I came across this gem.

“loch ness monster in burley griffin?
Friday, 7 October 2005

I saw a large dark object in the lake as i was using a pedalboat with my partner. It was extremely forboding and has caused us to consider relocation. What do you think?”

Now, I do recall that two pommies said they once saw a beastie in the lake as well. And I also recall that our favourite resident loony, TYM, was going to investigate.

What do you reckon? Time to pull the plug on Scrivener Dam? Maybe its Alexander Bunyip for those of you old enough to remember ‘The Monster that ate Canberra’.

Should RA form a monster hunter party and hire a few paddleboats and harpoons?

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32 Responses to The Monster that ate Canberra (No, not Stanhope…)
Thumper Thumper 8:00 am 13 Oct 05


yes, I know, but Arthur is a figment of my imagination.

Kind of like Spiny Norman and the Dinsdale Brothers.

che che 1:22 pm 12 Oct 05

It was Ethel not Arthur

Spot the wog Spot the wog 12:37 pm 12 Oct 05

bloddy hell, thats huge!!!!
i better upgrade my fishing line to a higher rating if we have 1.5 metre cods

Thumper Thumper 8:56 am 12 Oct 05

That’s one hell of a cod.

I remember seeing a dead carp or cod, hard to tell, near Kingston foreshores once and it must have been about a metre long.

groonsnout groonsnout 8:48 am 12 Oct 05

My best mate works for fisheries/environment ACT and they were once called up by urban services to come look at something they had pulled up out of the mud near the dam. It was a 1.5 M 150kg Cod, dead. They cut it open and found bird skeletons, and carp vertebrae the size of a 10 cent coin in there (equates to a 75cm long carp these things were eating whole) amongst other things such as rats etc.. They cut it’s ear bone open which tells you age like the rings in a tree and it worked out to be about 50 years old. Maybe it was this bad boy or one of it’s crew?

Humma Humma Humma Humma 8:14 am 12 Oct 05

No you’ve got it wrong……Its one of these Yarralumla Cleo hunks taking a morning swim.

Thumper Thumper 7:40 am 12 Oct 05

For Gods sake people! This is serious!

There could be a monster out there!

Will you still be laughing when some at Black Mountain peninsula screams out, ‘A bunyips got my babeee!’

Or when a lone fisherman simply disappears?

I think Jon Stanhope should put out a press release allaying the fears of the ACT residents.

Spot the wog Spot the wog 5:16 pm 11 Oct 05

ohh yes very good
but lets not jump to conclusions, possibly the ADF is testing a new mini submarine. or the bunyip has moved to a better suburb i.e LBG or instead of walking Johnny Howard has taken up Scuba diving for his excercise

Ari Ari 4:31 pm 11 Oct 05

“It was extremely forboding and has caused us to consider relocation.” – he he he – so one of the Your Say loonies may leave town?

Good riddance, I reckon.

bulldog bulldog 4:30 pm 11 Oct 05

uhhh….AD, I’m not sure I go that one.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 3:58 pm 11 Oct 05

My oldman you used to try and scare me with stories of the killer carp… when I was a kid… but I remember hearing stories of queanbeyan sewridge (sp?) spilling over into LBG so its more than likely in educated onion a killer crap….

Thumper Thumper 3:57 pm 11 Oct 05

I thought he just munched Canberra in the first book but I do remember him having a chomp out of the Opera House at some stage.

may have been the same book….

wonsworld wonsworld 3:54 pm 11 Oct 05

Quantity surveying the bottom of LBG?

Jey Jey 3:50 pm 11 Oct 05

So he at Canberra, then some of Australia then came back to eat more of Canberra?
Coz in the one I had he ate some of Canberra too.

Thumper Thumper 3:48 pm 11 Oct 05

Maybe it was Arthur the Aardvark going for a swim.

Thumper Thumper 3:20 pm 11 Oct 05


TYM is okay…. Gotta love a bit of eccentric lunacy….

LurkerGal LurkerGal 3:13 pm 11 Oct 05

Ralph: I’m in!

Thumper: Don’t call him a loony. We all know I love Tim.

OpenYourMind OpenYourMind 2:56 pm 11 Oct 05

Us triathletes are prone to donning black wetsuits and swimming stupidly long distances in LBG. Maybe it was someone in a wetsuit? We usually wear bright swimcaps, though, so we don’t get run over by boats. Also, it’s still a little chilly to be swimming.

ssanta ssanta 2:39 pm 11 Oct 05

I can terubo… drift nets!

terubo terubo 2:31 pm 11 Oct 05

No, xman, with any luck the monster will get rid of those pesky water skiers and jetski hoons.
-Can’t think of a better way of dealing with them.

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