NATIVE LORE REVIVED.
Roaming Banaraga Mountains.
Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld.)
Date: August 26, 1937
Page Number: 7
TIARO, August 25.
Many years ago aborigines declared fearsomely that devils which ate piccaninies and native bears existed in a low range of rugged mountains known as Banaraga Mountains, nine miles west of Tiaro. Two strange animals corresponding to the description or these Banaraga 'devils' were seen a few days ago and another one some time ago.
Several men reported that while climbing the mountain they saw two strange animals. They were larger than a dingo but of much stockier build, with a thick, shaggy black coat and bushy tail. They quickly disappeared at a fast pace. One man said the animals reminded him of grizzly bears. Footprints of an animal were seen and were described as bring not quite the size of those of a dingo.
"Piccaninny" (with variant spellings Pickaninny, Piccaninnie, Picaninny, Pickaninnie) is a term used for black children.
"Native bears", of course, refers to koalas.
No other references to "Banaraga Mountains" can be found so perhaps the name is no longer in use.
For more reports from the same region see: