The event had all the classic elements - a saucer shaped craft, a landing, removal and destruction of evidence, a cover up and possibly a missing person...
Many claimed the object emitted no sound as it passed out of sight. It was described as quite large, about twice the size of a family car, was silver/grew in colour (some also added it had a blue/purple hue to it) and shaped like a classic flying saucer.
More than 200 students and teachers from the two state schools saw the object as it descended and all claim that it was unlike any aircraft they had seen entering or leaving the airspace above Moorabbin Airport located just 5kms away.
Soon thereafter children from the school ventured to the site. Later one of the girls who went to Westall told that her and her friend were the first to leave the school grounds to get a closer look at the object. They got to within 6m of the object as it sat in the Grange. After they returned to the school (looking pale as one witness remembers) one passed out and was taken away by ambulance and was never again to be seen at the school.
Soon after the object disappeared people stated that the military and police cordoned off the area in the grange where the object had descended and burned away any evidence of the rings left behind. It was not this activity that seemed the strangest but rather that they had appeared on site so quickly, as if they had foreknowledge of the event or had been following the object for some time.
Regardless the newspapers ran the story with the Dandenong Journal providing the most coverage. Channel 9 also ran a report but the footage has since gone missing – removed from the archive and not returned.
Over the following weeks many proposed explanations were put forward – it was a weather balloon – it was a nylon target drogue – it was a prototype aeroplane – it was a military experiment in mass hysteria.
A Great Documentary
There is so much more to this event that has been rated as the fifth greatest UFO mystery of all time, there were object sightings preceding the event.
I encourage anyone with interest in learning more to visit the "Westall '66: A Suburban UFO Mystery" website and grab a copy of the documentary on DVD: