On the 6th of April, 1966 in the suburb of Westall in Melbourne, Australia, over two hundred people would claim they saw a flying saucer in an incident which lasted for about twenty minutes. Yet, the most unusual aspect of this mass encounter would be that with so many people claiming to have seen something, great efforts were made to keep the incident out of the public eye and silence those who attempted to talk about what they saw. Ridiculed and stigmatized, the witnesses, many being children from the local high school, would be muted by fear of the authorities and the principle of the school, and vital evidence would be deliberately excluded from government files that would be released years later.
Sighting after school time
At about eleven o clock on the morning in question, witnesses at Westall High School became aware of an object flying low in the sky not far from the school. Some of the students and a teacher were in a sports class in the Oval, which was the main yard and the sight if it brought them all to a standstill. Others saw it from classrooms and one witness tells of how a boy came bursting hysterically into her class shouting that there was a flying saucer outside. Not long after, the bell for the recess came and all the children who were not already outside rushed to the oval to see the flying craft. What they described was a large saucer shaped object of a grey with purple hue color, about the size of two family cars. Marilyn Smith, who was a pupil at the school, tells of how she ran out to the oval with many other children just in time to see the object flying towards a wooded area called the Grange. They gave chase as the object descended into the trees of the area and Marilyn goes on to describes how she and a friend got close to where it was, but her friend then went on ahead into the trees and by the time she caught her up the craft had again taken off. Marilyn says that later she found out that her friend had been found unconscious and was taken way in an ambulance. She would not return to school and she would never see the friend again.