382. Westall UFO with Shane Ryan

Guest Shane Ryan joins us from Canberra, Australia to discuss the 1966 Westall Flying Saucer Incident, a schoolyard encounter. He goes into details about the case as well as the baffling aftermath and the effects that it had on some of the students and witnesses.  Bonus full show:   FOR FULL SHOWS, EVERY WEEK,  PLEASE SUPPORT US ON PATREON


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Show 382 Notes: Shane Ryan, Westall UFO

Simulcast, YouTube Live Streamed and on KGRA Radio Tuesday, December 10th @ 6:00PM to 8:00PM ET (GMT-5)

Guest Shane Ryan joins us from Canberra, Australia to discuss the 1966 Westall Flying Saucer Incident, a schoolyard encounter. http://www.westall66ufo.com.au

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SHANE RYAN is a teacher, writer, researcher and federal public servant in Australia. He has worked at Charles Sturt University, the University of Canberra, and the Australian National University, all in Canberra. Shane has worked as an information officer and researcher at the Embassy of Japan in Canberra, and he has also taught in schools in Japan and Australia. Shane completed a Diploma of Japanese Studies at Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan; a Bachelor of Theology at Sydney College of Divinity, Sydney; a Master of Arts at Australian Catholic University, Canberra; and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language and Foreign Language Teaching at the University of Canberra. He was working as a barristers’ clerk in Melbourne when he first heard about the incredible 1966 Westall Flying Saucer Incident in that city, for which he has now become the lead researcher. Shane was the principal researcher and narrator for the documentary on the Westall Incident, Westall ’66: A Suburban UFO Mystery, which was first broadcast on the Australian Sci Fi Channel in 2010. Shane has since made a serious study of other school-based UFO sightings around the world, such as the 1967 Crestview Elementary School Incident in Opa-Locka, Florida, USA, and other Australian sightings, from the 1960s era. Shane was instrumental in convincing local government authorities to establish Australia’s – and possibly the world’s – first UFO park and playground based on real events, at Westall in 2013, as a way of commemorating the events there. Shane appeared in both seasons of Discovery Channel Canada’s Close Encounters series, in the National Geographic UK TV Channel’s Invasion Earth series, Australia’s Network Ten’s Studio Ten program’s anniversary special on Westall, and on Japan’s Fuji TV Network’s What’s This? – Mysteries from Around the World program. He was also interviewed for James Fox’s upcoming feature documentary film The Phenomenon. There are also several TV and film producers currently planning projects to bring the Westall story to a wider audience. Shane lives in Canberra with his wife and two sons and works in the Education and Visitor Services team at Australian Parliament House.

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Westall UFO

by Charles Lear

Having multiple witnesses to a UFO with similar descriptions of the object seen adds to the credibility of the sighting.  Having over 200 witnesses with similar descriptions should, therefore, make even non-UFOlogists stop and take notice.  But, if you wanted to make such an event go away in the name of national security, and all but a handful of those witnesses were school children, your job would be easier.  This seems to be the unfortunate circumstance with a sighting that took place in Westall, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, April 6, 1966 that many UFOlogists place highly in their top ten lists of credible and convincing cases.

The case was investigated shortly after the events by local UFO groups, American researcher and activist, James McDonald, and was recently re-examined by nearby Australian resident, Shane Ryan.  Ryan’s investigation was documented on film by filmmaker, Rosie Jones in her 2010 documentary,  “Westall ’66.”  Ryan’s investigation was thorough and he not only found and interviewed former schoolchildren and teachers but, was able to draw out previously unknown witnesses from the surrounding area by dropping flyers in mailboxes and stating a request for witnesses during television coverage.  Those who came forward gave compelling testimony, which indicated an organized and methodical cover up operation by military and paramilitary personnel. Read more

80. Shane Ryan, Westall ’66

shane-at-window-03First Martin gives a hardy thank you to everyone for a banner year, then a fascinating interview with Shane Ryan, the Westall Flying Saucer Incident investigator.

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Happy holidays everyone! This is a prerecorded show airing Christmas day, on the Dark Matter Radio Network. Next Wednesday January 1st, as all weeks ahead, we will be broadcasting live on Darkmatterradio.net at 8PM Eastern standard time, 1:00 AM GMT/UTC.  Next week’s guest, Chase Kloetzke.

As discussed in the interview with Shane Ryan, Close Encounters premiers January 10th.

Close Encounters Trailer
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re20pkg1Santa brought us some new state of the art equipment! With the help of your kind donations, our live shows should be of much better sound quality. I have a lot of people to thank for that, some of you are monthly subscribers, and some have kicked in some generous sums. Just a quick shout out, thank you Phil, Peggy, Matthew, a Michael that donated the other day, Scott who has been with me since day one, Gareth, Katie, besides donating from down under, she was instrumental in connecting me to today’s fine guest, thank you. I know there are some people I am forgetting, and I am sorry about that.

Since it is the last show of 2013, I am reflecting on this banner year, we went from a bi-weekly show, to a weekly show. I could never do all this alone, I want to first of all thank all the great guest we had on in 2013.

Avatar2I want to Michael Lauck who had done a wonderful job with the news, however he cannot make our live show schedule and is greatly missed. I have gotten a ton of email from people wanting our news back, so Sam Maranto will be bringing us news at the beginning of our shows starting next week. I want to thank Sam for coming aboard.

I certainly want to thank Peggy for the hundreds of hours she has donated in administrating our Facebook page, which grew from 2000 likes to 6600 likes since she started posting the latest happenings in UFOs, astronomy and technology ever single day, I am indebted to you.

Marc Sima is helping us out in Beijing, as out China UFO correspondent, thank you Marc.

I want to thank Phil for suggesting me to Keith Rowland for the Dark Matter Radio network, thank you Phil and Keith for the great job you are doing.

I want to thank Kerry Lloyd Whitehouse for the music for our show, and lastly, I want to thank the most important part of the show and that is you, the listener, thank you for listening, spreading the word about the show, and the great reviews you have left and all the feedback good and bad that you send.


WESTHALL-66rOur guest Shane Ryan has devoted complete focus investigating the Westall since 2005. Shane discusses the happenings of Wednesday April 6, 1966 as a flying saucer flew over a schoolyard with several hundred witnesses. He talks about what has happened since the documentary, Westall ’66 aired. Check out  info at Yahoo Groups,
and the Facebook page.

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Westall ’66: a suburban UFO mystery – Video Book by Rosie Jones Carmel McAloon

Trailer for the documentary, Westall ’66

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