Confirming UFO "sightings"
a 25m-diameter disc became entangled in telephone wires at a railroad station
16 August 2010
A rather quirky reference enquiry received from far away Canada. Q: Does your library have any record of a strange UFO incident which (reputedly) occurred on June 13, 1961 at Bethungra, N.S.W. in which a 25m-diameter disc became entangled in telephone wires at a railroad station? A: I have done some searching for information about the Bethungra UFO sighting and found a couple of newspaper articles that should be of interest to you. Bethungra is a rural area in New South Wales, part way between the towns of Junee and Cootamundra. I checked both towns' local newspapers to see if any reports of the sighting were published. There was an article on the front page of the Junee Southern Cross on Monday June 19, 1961. The article describes the UFO sighting in great detail, and closely echoes the information you already have. The article mentions that several other sightings were reported around the same time in nearby towns and cities. The Sydney Morning Herald, one of Australia's largest newspapers, also reported a UFO sighting in Young (about 70km from Bethungra) the week before the sighting in Bethungra. This report appeared in the newspaper on the 6th June, 1961. There are a number of published books that discuss UFO sightings in Australia, and although several of them claim to include a full list of all sightings, there were no mentions of the Bethungra UFO in any of the books I checked.